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Protein's Place in the Paleo Clean Eating Diet

Posted by Erin Reese on

Low-fat. Low-carb. High-protein. Vegetarian. Vegan. The options in “dieting” is endless and each proponent of these diets will adamantly stand by their research as to why you should concentrate on adding this or avoiding that. But one of the few aspects of nutrition that most of these dietary pundits will agree on, is the importance of protein in the human diet.

Comprised of amino acids in polymer chains, protein, as a macronutrient, is absolutely essential in the growth and function of the human body. Found in all the cells of our bodies, in abundance second only to water, protein is needed for muscle growth and function, formation of blood cells, hair growth, skin health and organ function.

Though humans can produce non-essential amino acids, essential amino acids have to come from protein from either animal or plant sources. Debate still exists as to how much the body needs in daily intake of protein, though the current recommendations state that women should include about 46g of protein per day in their diets while men should aim for about 56 grams.

Ironically though, as a modern day society that understands the need and functions of protein in our body, we take in much less of it than our ancestors. Comprising only 15 percent of our western diet, our protein intake is considerably lower than hunter-gatherer diets at up to 35 percent of their diet.

The 28 day paleo diet includes protein sources from both animal and plant sources intended to increase our protein intake; allowing us to increase our metabolism to burn fat while protecting muscles and organs from damage. When following the Paleo Clean Eating diet, organs are able to function at their full abilities, cleansing the body of toxins and adding to daily energy levels.

At The Studio Kitchen we make sticking to the 28 day Paleo diet easy and convenient by delivering paleo prepared meals throughout Austin and surrounding areas. Just order online and choose home delivery. Please feel free to call if you have any questions about how the Paleo Clean Eating Diet can help you gain a more naturally clean body fueled to optimal function with protein.