Protein is the body’s building block, making up a large portion of your bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood, as well as playing a crucial role in almost all biological processes. Your hair and nails are made mostly from protein, and your body uses it to build and repair tissue, and produce enzymes and hormones. Protein is built from amino acids, and the body is able to synthesise around half of the amino acids that it needs, with the remainder coming from food and sometimes supplements.
Protein and fitness
It has been well-documented that protein can play a vital role in weight loss and fitness, and many athletes tend to follow a high protein diet during training as it helps to improve muscle mass and promotes weight loss, making them stronger and leaner and improving their game.
You don’t have to be a professional athlete to benefit from protein, however. In the 30 to 45 minutes after a workout your muscles are like sponges, absorbing and using any protein that you give them to repair the micro-tears in the muscle tissue.
Many people reach for a protein shake or bar after a workout, but these are usually packed with protein supplements such as whey protein, milk, soy, egg, or rice powders. These shakes and bars may be an easy option when you’re on the go, but they’re certainly not the healthiest option.
The benefits of grass fed meat
Grass fed lean red meat like beef, lamb, and pork is a much better option if you want to put the best possible protein into your body. These meats have a high nutrient density, meaning they contain a wide variety of nutrients in a relatively small amount of food. As well as giving the body the protein it needs, grass fed red meat also contributes minerals and trace elements to the diet, particularly zinc, iron, and B vitamins.
Here are some of the key benefits of a diet rich in grass fed red meats:
If you usually reach for a protein shake after a workout, try having a stir fry instead using grass fed beef or lamb. You’ll be getting the same nutrients as you would from the shake but they’re coming straight from the source without being artificially processed. Cooking clean, healthy protein-based food and avoiding processed sugars and carbohydrates is the best way to fuel your body for exercise and just life in general. If you’d like to know more about the benefits of a cleaner, less processed diet then check out our blog on the benefits of the Paleo diet.