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What is protein?

Protein is one of the three macronutrients required in relatively large amounts in the diet each day. The other two are carbohydrates and fats.

Protein's structure is just basically a lot of amino acids joined together in a chain formation. When protein foods are digested, they are broken down in the amino acids that are the foundation of them.

The amino acids in protein foods are classes as either:

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Important protein facts

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Why protein is important

Protein is extremely important for the body as the amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein is required to produce further proteins in the body for various important functions:


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Last reviewed: 30 September 2007 || Last updated: 14 March 2010


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NOTE: Mega doses of any type of vitamin, mineral, amino acid or herbal supplement cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of complementary supplements.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.


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