Protein: What is it exactly? 2

Protein: What is it exactly?

Undoubtedly our bodies need it, but how much do we really need and what does it do for our bodies? What is protein? Proteins are made up of 20 amino acids. Nine of these amino acids are called 'indispensable' as we must get them from our diet, whereas the body can manufacture the others if

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Is protein really as bad as smoking? 3

Is protein really as bad as smoking?

If you’ve been following the news recently, you could be forgiven for feeling like there’s nothing left to eat. First we had the reports that eating a diet high in protein (especially from animals) is ‘as dangerous as smoking’. Then we had another reported study showing that high protein, low-carb diets could shorten your life

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Why you should eat eggs 4

Why you should eat eggs

There's a lot to be said in favour of including the humble egg in your diet on a regular basis. We've been eating eggs since prehistoric times when, no doubt, raiding a nest required a little more effort than opening the fridge door. The last nutrition survey found that (excluding eggs used in baking), about

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Protein – is it the key to losing weight? 5

Protein – is it the key to losing weight?

Low-carb diets are last year’s news but while Dr Atkins and his diet may be dead and buried, new evidence is emerging that diets high in protein do assist weight loss. This is because they appear to satisfy hunger more than traditional diets – protein, it seems, has more staying power than fats and carbs

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Ask the experts: Flatulence-causing foods 7

Ask the experts: Flatulence-causing foods

Q: "I've been on a high-protein, low-carb diet for two months now and since I started this diet, I fart more often and the smell is also a lot stronger than usual. What kind of foods would make that happen?" Name not supplied A: Dietitian Amanda Johnson responds: "Firstly, the high-protein, low-carb diets are not

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Ask the experts: Protein bars vs muesli bars 8

Ask the experts: Protein bars vs muesli bars

Q: "Is a protein bar better for me than a muesli bar? Will it help me build muscle?" A: Most athletes and everyday exercisers get plenty of protein from their everyday food, so the addition of protein bars or shakes is unnecessary. Good sources of protein include lean meat, chicken, fresh and canned fish, lean

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Ask the experts: Protein 9

Ask the experts: Protein

Senior nutrionist Rose Carr tells us how much protein is enough. Q: How much protein do we need? A: Our protein needs vary, depending on age, gender and activity levels, but our bodies need a minimum level of protein, around 10 per cent of energy (kilojoules) from protein. We also need, however, the vitamins and

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