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Ingredients that count: Proteins

CHARACTERISTICS

Proteins are chains of amino acids and nine of these essential amino acids can only be obtained through our diet and they are those that determine the quality of the protein. As well as the amount that we consume, it is also important that proteins contain the greatest proportion of essential amino acids in order to be able to create new proteins.

Of the total calories that we consume each day, between approximately 10% and 15% should be proteins. The other macronutrients, carbohydrates and fats, will contribute the rest.

FUNCTIONS

Proteins are the main structural component of cells and tissues. Furthermore they carry out digestive, hormone and defence roles.




Did you know that...?

Although most proteins in the plant kingdom are incomplete, if we combine various plant-based foods, we can intake high quality protein and we will also be avoiding cholesterol related to animal protein. For example, we can combine cereals with legumes, such as lentils with rice, and achieve the same quality of protein as meat but with less fat.

WHERE THEY ARE FOUND?

In general, higher quality proteins, owing to their essential amino acid content, are of animal origin: meat, fish, eggs or dairy products.
However, we also find protein in plant products such as legumes, nuts and cereals.

Do you take the necessary amount of proteins in line with your age?

The daily dietary reference intake (DRI) for the general population is 0.8 grammes of protein per kg of body weight, provided that they are high quality proteins.

Some experts suggest needs increase as we get older, so an intake of 1 to 1.2g/kg of our body weight/ day is considered helpful

This means that:

MALE
50 years of AGE
Weight 80kg
56 grams OF
PROTEIN /DAY
FEMALE
50 years of AGE
Weight 60kg
46 grams OF
PROTEIN /DAY

Source: Gariballa S., 1998. Favier, Kolko, Lopea, & Théoule, 1994. Fundación Española de la Nutrición, 2013.

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