The Importance of Protein for Your Body

Complete healthy vegetable snack served on the table

Did you know that there are over 10,000 types of proteins found in all parts of the body. From our organs and muscles to our bones, skin, and hair, protein makes up some of the most important components of who we are as living beings. Protein helps our bodies function as they are supposed to at optimal health.

You may have heard some rumblings around the media and from health professionals/coaches about how important protein is, but have you ever wondered why that is? The importance of protein cannot be overlooked, but there’s more to the puzzle than the simple “more is better” mentality. We’re here to share with you more about the importance of incorporating plant-based protein into your diet and explain why it matters.

The Function of Protein
Protein is made up of a chain of amino acids, which are the building blocks of life. Protein plays a role in just about every cell process, making it an integral component in cell regeneration and growth. Everyone (not just athletes and bodybuilders) need adequate amounts of protein to function properly. It gives our tissues and organs their shape, makes up the enzymes that power chemical reactions and the hemoglobin that carries oxygen throughout our blood, and is essential for energy production, digestion, muscle contraction, and so much more. Protein is not only a good-to-have; it’s a must-have!

Benefits of Eating More Protein
Now that you understand the importance of protein in our diets, are you aware of its benefits? Here are three science-based reasons why you should incorporate more of it in your diet:

  • Protein helps reduce hunger levels and appetite – Studies show that protein is by far the most filling macronutrient, meaning it helps to keep you feeling sated with less food. If you’re looking to reduce your weight, consider making your rice or potato servings smaller while adding more protein to your meals.
  • Protein helps your body repair itself after injury – As proteins are the main building blocks of tissues and organs, including more proteins in your diet can help speed up recovery time.
  • May help lower blood pressure – A high-protein diet may lower one’s blood pressure as it helps reduce bad cholesterol in the body.

How to Incorporate Adequate Amounts of Protein In Your Diet
The human body requires at least 10% to 35% of its calories each day in the form of protein to maintain good health. Not getting enough protein in your diet can lead to health issues, such as the breaking down of tissue which leads to muscle loss. Protein can be found in a wide range of foods, many of which are plant-based. Some of the best sources of plant-based protein include:

  • Legumes and beans – lentils, chickpeas, peas, tofu, edamame
  • Nuts – macadamias, pumpkin seeds, cashews, walnuts
  • Nut butters – peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter<
  • Quinoa

Why Choose Munk Pack?
If you’re looking for flavor-packed, high-quality, high-protein snacks, you have to try Munk Pack. Our Protein Cookies are made with a blend of brown rice protein and pea protein to deliver a complete source of protein that provides all essential 9 amino acids. With a whopping 16 grams of protein per cookie, you’ll be sure to feel satiated for the long haul.  Try our Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies, our Double Dark Chocolate Protein Cookies, and all the flavors when you shop with us today.

To learn more about our range of products, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Up Next: Three Warning Signs of Protein Deficiency You Shouldn't Ignore