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Why Protein is So Important in Your diet?

Written byNikhil Ambatkar

Last updated on : 16 May, 2024

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Awareness about obesity has made people track their calorie, sugar, and salt intake. Still, it is equally important to know whether you are ingesting enough protein, as its importance in building and sustaining each cell of your body cannot be considered. Also, proteins fuel cells and act as an energy source. 

Proteins are composed of amino acids, which are essentially the “bricks” that make up the protein structure. These amino acids are termed macronutrients since our body needs them in larger amounts. They are strung together in long sequences.

Some important facts about proteins

  • It is an essential macronutrient to remain fit and healthy
  • Critical for building muscle, cartilage, and skin
  • It plays a vital role in hormonal regulation 
  • Responsible for the growth, repair, and maintenance of cells
  • Help in maintaining blood sugar level 

How protein can help you stay in shape?

Maintaining a high-protein diet has its advantages like

  • It helps in speeding recovery after an exercise or an injury 
  • Reduces muscle loss
  • It helps in maintaining weight 
  • Helps in curbing hunger

The combination of protein and fibre keeps our stomach full for longer; hence, we don’t have to eat often, keeping our weight down.

How to get more protein in your diet? 

Animal-based meat, fish, and eggs are excellent protein sources. People who follow a vegan diet must take care that they eat enough plant-based protein to meet their body requirements. Some simple ways to make sure you are maintaining a healthy, protein-rich diet are 

  • If you are non-vegetarian, always keep eggs, egg whites, chicken, fish, shellfish, and pork in your diet. 
  • Try to have a serving of protein in your snack (1 serving = 7 gm of protein)
  • Have lean protein sources 
  • Add peanut butter, cashews, and almonds to your diet 
  • Have celery and a hard-boiled egg for breakfast 
  • Add tofu, tempeh, and soy protein products to your diet 
  • Low-fat dairy products are good sources of protein.


This article mentioned the importance of protein in your diet. Some people find it challenging to have a protein-rich diet simply because they might not like it or need help finding the protein-rich food they want, which might lead to unhealthy eating or carb-rich food. Following the tips mentioned in this article, you can maintain a healthy, protein-rich diet. 

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Frequently asked questions

What are the essential functions of protein in the body?

Proteins are involved in many essential functions, including regulating hormone levels, building body muscle, and helping in the growth, maintenance, and repair of the body.

What are some examples of a protein-rich food?

Animal-based food like egg, chicken, shellfish, low-fat dairy products, and nuts are some examples of protein-rich food.

How does protein helps you to stay in shape?

Protein reduces muscle loss, helps maintain weight, and helps speed recovery after an injury or exercise, thus helping you stay in shape.

Does proteins help in blood clotting?

Blood clotting factors are made up of proteins; proteins help blood clotting.

Can protein deficiency lead to some disorder or disease?

Yes, proteins are responsible for many functions in our body; thus, deficiency may lead to some disorder or disease.

Disclaimer – The information given in this article is accurate to our best knowledge. Still consult your healthcare professional before practising any information mentioned in this article.


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