Basic nutrition: Protein

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In this part of my guide to basic nutrition we’re going to take a look at protein and what role it has in our diets.

Protein is essential in our diets as we use it for growth, maintenance and the repair of body tissues. It is also a part of every living cell and some tissues, like skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and hair. The core of our bones and teeth are predominantly made from proteins. In addition to these structural roles, proteins perform an enormous variety of physiological functions inside the body. All enzymes are proteins, enzymes control both the rate and the pattern of all chemical reactions that take place in our bodies, including the digestion of food and the extraction of energy from it.

Some hormones are made up of protein too, these are chemical messengers that alter the normal physiological activity of cells within our bodies and cover…

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