- Critical component of all tissues in the human body (bones, blood, hormones, connective tissues, etc.)
- Enables growth, repair, and maintenance of body tissues
- Energy source, when there is inadequate energy being provided by carbs and fat
Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)- 0.8g protein/kg body weight/day
(160 lb person needs 58g protein/day)
Total Daily Energy Intake (TDEI)- 12-20%
Keep in mind that athletes, children, teenagers, and pregnant women need more
- Major, major source of energy and it is stored in our bodies for later use since it is so essential
- Great for the brain's communication network
- Helps to transport vitamins throughout the body
- Not all fat is good fat! A Big Mac=BAD FAT, Olive Oil=GOOD FAT
- Consuming fat makes you feel full, which is a good thing.
- You get twice as much energy from fats than you do from proteins or carbs
- Takes longer to digest, so we feel fuller longer
- Helps suppress your appetite
- Eating a low fat diet usually results in eating MORE calories
- Provide the body fuel necessary to physical activity
- Helps with normal organ function
- Help protect against chronic disease
- Good for your eyes!
- Fuel for the brain
- Helps control weight gain
- Helps decrease cancer risk and heart disease risk
- Provides quick energy!