Raw protein - lean body?Written by Pauline Robinson
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When you consider health problems caused by consuming too much indigestible (cooked) protein, it should drive home point that our body is a living organism made up of living cells, and protein composes 15 percent of our body, therefore protein we take in should be living rather than dead.
Hemp protein is a living plant protein which contains all 20 known amino acids including 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce. When pressed and milled, result is perfect high performance vegetarian whole food which may be used in place of all protein sources or supplements. Proteins are considered complete when they contain all 9 essential amino acids in a sufficient quantity and ratio to meet body's needs. Hemp seeds contain an adequate supply of these high quality proteins (EAAs) for a well balanced diet. In fact, hemp Protein is not only very high in fiber, but is unique in plant kingdom for its perfect balance of protein, fiber, and carbohydrates, making it easy to substitute into any type of diet. A live protein concentrate, hemp protein is loaded with what your body needs, including all 9-10 essential amino acids, Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, enzymes, natural anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and fibre.
Hemp protein is free of tryspin inhibitors which block protein absorption and free of oligosaccharides found in soy, which cause stomach upset and gas. Soybeans contain a higher total percentage of protein, but these are complex proteins that many people find difficult to digest. An important aspect of hemp seed protein is a high content of arginine (123 mg/g protein) and histidine (27 mg/g protein), both of which are important for growth during childhood, and of sulfur-containing amino acids methionine (23 mg/g protein) and cysteine (16 mg/g protein), which are needed for proper enzyme formation. Cysteine's importance is related to presence of a sulfur-containing thiol group in its side chain. This group participates in catalytic reactions of certain enzymes, such as that of papain. Methionine is required because it assists in breakdown of fats and thereby prevents build-up of fat in arteries, as well as assisting with digestive system and removing heavy metals from body since it can be converted to cysteine, which is a precursor to gluthione, which is of prime importance in detoxifying liver. The amino acid methionine is also a great antioxidant as sulfur it supplies inactivates free radicals. It may also be used to treat depression, arthritis pain as well as chronic liver disease - although these claims are still under investigation. Some studies have also indicated that methionine might also improve memory recall.
Approximately 65% of protein in hemp seeds is made up Edestin and is found only in hemp seed. "Edistins (also spelled edestine) are plant globulins, and are classified as globular proteins. Globulins perform many enzymatic functions within plasma itself. The human body uses globulin proteins to make antibodies that attack infecting agents that invade body." Edestin aids digestion, is relatively phosphorus-free and considered backbone of cell's DNA. The other one third of hemp seed protein is Albumin, another high quality globulin protein similar to that found in egg whites.
In addition to being an excellent protein source, hemp powder can also be used as a quick and convenient blood sugar stabilizer because of high fiber content which will again help in weight loss.
Pauline Robinson is a Nutritional and Metabolic Bio Typing Consultant for HealthSmart Nutrition
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Protein, Carbs and Fat: Learn How to Diet with MacronutrientsWritten by David McCormick
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Not all fats are same, though. Saturated and trans fats raises LDL cholesterol levels, which increases risk of heart disease. Unsaturated fats (monounsaturated or polyunsaturated) do not raise these "bad cholesterol" levels, and are therefore a better choice. Fats, unfortunately, taste very good. Fats are major component in toppings and spreads, such as butter, salad dressing, mayonnaise, and cooking oils. Fats are also ingredient that make desserts and snacks so tempting, like cookies, cakes and chips. Even though some people try to get rid of all fat, some fat in your diet is important. Do not try to eliminate it. Fat aids in absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K. Essential Fatty Acids, namely omega-3 and omega-6, can only be found in certain fats, and it is important to consume some of these on a regular basis. These nutrients aid in regulation of blood pressure, blood clotting and immune response. To get good fats without an excess of calories, try eating more fish and seafood instead of other meats. Choose margarine instead of butter. When cooking, choose olive oil to grease your skillet. And most effective tip: read labels on foods you're buying. They should list fat content, and break it down into Saturated and Unsaturated. If unsaturated is not listed, simply choose food with least Saturated fat count. Water Weight Some call water fourth macronutrient. Technically, it is not a nutrient at all, because pure water does not provide any building blocks for your body. However, it is element most neglected in diets of most people. You must drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. More if you're active. Water encourages fat loss by keeping kidneys working at full capacity. If kidneys don't get enough water, liver begins to take over some kidney functions. One of liver's main functions is to metabolize fat. So, if kidneys need liver's help, then liver can't burn fat as quickly. Drink enough water so that your liver can metabolize fat at its peak ability. Water contributes to healthy skin by hydrating it from inside out. Water aids in joint lubrication, reducing your chance of injury in any activity. Water is also best cure for constipation. Some people retain water, which is usually caused by a sodium imbalance. The solution is not to avoid drinking water, but to drink more water. When salt is diluted, it becomes less of a problem. Also, if your body recognizes that water is constantly coming into your system, then it will realize that it doesn't need to store it. Although there have been a few cases where long distance runners have died from drinking too much water, their situation is highly specialized, and shouldn't be a concern for a normal person. For people with a normal amount of activity, there is no danger in drinking too much water, so drink as much as you can. The worst thing that will happen is that you'll visit washroom more often, so consider it a good chance for a little extra exercise.
Now that you understand how important all macronutrients are, how do you lose weight? Reduce overall calories, but keep a measure of each macronutrient in your diet. Reducing fats overall is an easy way to reduce overall calories, and switch all of your fats to unsaturated. Most dieticians suggest about 25% fat, 15% protein, and 60% carbs. If you're trying to put on a little muscle to burn fat faster, try to raise protein to 20% and reduce carbohydrates to 55%. A good weight loss plan keeps a balanced diet with reduced calorie intake and increased exercise.
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