Protein: Here Is What You Need To Know

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Amsety Weekly Tips: Here Is What You Need To Know About Protein

How much protein do we need?

Healthy, adult women require about 46 grams of protein per day and healthy, and adult men require about 56 grams, according to the CDC. While this number depends on age, weight, and level of physical activity, the Institute of Medicine and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend getting at least 10% but not more than 35% of your daily calories from proteins. Find out exactly how much you need by using USDA’s calculator

While this may seem like a benefit, remember that going over the recommended upper limit of protein puts additional strain on internal organs and causes them to operate less efficiently. 

But don’t athletes require more proteins in their diet, you might ask? While very active individuals may indeed require slightly more protein (0.5  0.8 grams per pound of body weight per day), if you work out for one hour a few times per week you probably don’t need to take in extra proteins according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Animal Protein vs. Plant Protein

Proteins are the building blocks of our body and consist of over 20 amino acids. There are more than 10,000 different proteins in our body. Both animal and plant proteins consist of amino acids, but their ratio of the amino acids can be different. As opposed to plant foods, meat contains no fiber, high levels of saturated fat, and high cholesterol. Plant-based proteins on the other hand are low in calories, fat, and cholesterol, contain high levels of vitamins and minerals and are complete sources of proteins. However, since each plant contains different levels of each essential amino acid, it’s most beneficial to consume a variety of different plants. The following plant foods have the highest protein content:

  • Eggs
  • Lentils
  • Kidney beans
  • Tofu
  • Chickpeas
  • Nuts such as peanuts and almonds

Protein and Liver Health

Though helping to prevent liver damage in healthy people, in some people with liver disease proteins are not properly processed. As a result, waste products are not eliminated from the body accumulating and affecting the brain. The key is to find the right amount of protein that your body needs—not too much and not too little. This may help you prevent the buildup of toxic waste products in your body. Incorporate plant proteins into your diet which unlike animal proteins have demonstrated inhibition of hepatic phospholipid metabolism (fat accumulation in the liver).

Please be safe and take care of yourself whilst we take care of your liver-healthy diet.

Your Amsety Team.
Please note that we do not provide any medical advice, diagnoses, procedures, tests or therapies on our website. Amsety does not offer any medical diagnosis or treatment advice and our products are not considered to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. As a liver patient, you should always discuss your diet with your doctor.

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