Did you know that your muscles, organs and immune system are made up mostly of protein? Your body uses protein you eat to make lots of specialized protein molecules that have special jobs.
Protein is used to make hemoglobin which is the part of the red blood cells that carries oxygen to every part of your body!
Protein builds up, maintains and replaces tissues in your body. How do you get protein in your diet?
The best sources are beef, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese), nuts (peanut butter), seeds (grains including bread and pasta), and legumes like black beans and lentils. When you eat foods with pro-tein, the digestive juices in your stomach and intestine go to work. They break down the protein into basic units called amino acids. These can be reused to make the proteins your body needs to maintain your muscles, bones, blood and body organs.
Read on and learn more about some protein in today's Spotlight on Health!
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