Nutrients are found in the food we eat, and they provide our bodies with what we need to maintain biological functions, to grow, to repair, for hormone production and everything else. A lack of even one essential nutrient will affect the body to the extent that disease and even death may occur as a result. There are 5 categories of essential nutrients that make up one’s diet. These are proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals.

Each week we will educate you about the importance of eating a healthy variety of foods. Subscribers to our website will learn how to plan meals to optimise nutritional intake, lose fat and obtain vibrant health.

This week, we are writing about protein, which is the second most abundant component in your body, after water. Your body requires 8 to 10 essential amino acids in order to function, and all amino acids can only be supplied through your diet. Animal proteins are complete proteins, but vegan/vegetarian proteins are incomplete as they lack one or more of the essential amino acids. The good news is that one can combine vegetarian protein with another essential nutrient group to make these proteins complete.

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