When we think about protein nowadays, we associate it with muscles. A muscular body seems to be the new ideal and this is also reflected in the popularity growth of protein in food. But what exactly is protein, why do we need it and how does Mulder help to meet this need?
What is it
Proteins, consisting of amino acids, are the foundation of all cells and have a ton of functions crucial for the proper functioning thereof. They are, among other things, indispensable for the building and maintaining of muscles. Our body is incessantly breaking down and building up proteins, which for the muscle protein means it is replaced once a month. Some of the amino acids are produced by the body itself, while others, essential amino acids, enter our body through nutrition. Together with carbs and fat, protein is the most important nutrient, hence the importance of it being part of our diet.
Why do we need it
As mentioned above, the main function of proteins is the maintenance, recovery and growth of cells that make up our body tissue, specifically the building and maintaining of muscle mass. The popularity of high protein nutrition can be attributed to this function.
(Endurance) athletes can benefit from the consumption of protein, but they are not the only ones. A growing number of people is aware that a healthy nutrition contributes to the general health. Weight management is an important factor in this regard. Protein is not only responsible for a rapid feeling of satiety, it also postpones hunger. As a result the total calorie intake decreases, explaining the large number of protein diets. Even so, it remains recommendable sticking to a varied and moderate diet when consuming proteins.
Where do we find it
Nutritional proteins with the highest essential amino acids content are also the most qualitative. Animal proteins, such as meat, fish and dairy, usually contain all essential amino acids in the right proportion. However, animal proteins often also contain saturated fats. An excessive consumption is not recommendable, as it is linked to heart and vascular diseases.
Legumes, grains and nuts, on the other hand, are examples of vegetable proteins. Even though they have plenty of health benefits, they often lack one or several essential amino acids. With soya being the exception.
By combining various vegetable protein sources, it is possible to make sure that all essential amino acids are available.
How do we use it
Mulder Breakfast Cereals makes full use of protein sources. Our R&D team has created several recipes that are either a source of protein or high protein using soya, grains, nuts and other protein sources. The combination of breakfast cereals with milk or yoghurt are a perfect start of the day. If you want to add a high quality high protein product to your range, you are more than welcome to contact us.
de Jong, F. M. Ons voedsel. 2008, pp 16 -23.
Innova Market Insights. Expert Insights: How healthy is the high protein diet? May 2017.