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Why is protein important?
From a culinary point of view, protein is important because it gives you a feeling of satiety and is… delicious! It is protein products that have the so-called umami taste, which was pioneered by the Japanese, alongside the more common tastes such as salty, sweet, spicy and bitter. So what is the taste of dried crickets?
Obviously, it would be hard to do without protein. Protein is one of the three essential nutrients we need, along with carbohydrates and fats. We need to get a daily supply of these nutrients, known as macronutrients, and we need a lot of them for our bodies to function properly. Protein consists of amino acids, organic compounds that support the growth and vitality of the body’s tissues, including muscles, tendons, blood vessels and skin.
How protein is good for your health:
- Builds muscle mass when protein is combined with resistance exercises. It also helps to maintain existing muscle mass.
- Strengthens the immune system by stimulating white blood cells to help the body fight infections.
- Helps you lose weight by giving you a feeling of satiety for longer. In addition, digesting protein uses more calories than digesting fats or carbohydrates.
- Helps maintain healthy and firm skin by participating in the growth and renewal of the body’s tissues.
- Supports proper growth and development, especially during childhood, adolescence and pregnancy.
- Helps digestion by forming enzymes in proteins that help convert food into energy.
- Regulates hormones, especially during puberty.
Unlike carbohydrates or fats, protein is not stored in the body, so it needs to be consumed every day.