|Nutrition Note - Power of Protein|
Nutrition Note: The Power of Protein
As runners, walkers, and wheelers we are always being told that carbohydrates in all their varied forms should be the cornerstone of our diet. Sometimes it is easy to forget how important protein is in making us better athletes. Among other things, protein is needed to build and repair muscle, form hemoglobin, maintain a healthy immune system, and make the hormones and enzymes our bodies need to function. You are probably getting more than enough protein in your diet, but it never hurts to double check. Make sure you are getting about 15-20% of your daily calories (about 0.5-0.7 grams of protein/day/lb. of body weight) from high quality, low fat sources of protein such as lean red meat; skinless poultry; fish; low fat dairy products; soy products; and dried peas, beans, and lentils.