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Proteins are one of the essential components of all life. Together with fat and carbohydrates, they represent the largest usable part of our diet. While fat does not necessarily have to be part of every meal, the human body needs a continuous supply of proteins because we are unable to synthesize them.
It is the components of protein that are indispensable rather than proteins as such. They are called amino acids and our body uses them for creating its own proteins. That is why not only the amount of our intake is important, but also the composition in terms of the biological significance of the protein in our diets. We differentiate between:
Protein from animal sources
Meat, fish, eggs and dairy products (cheese) are generally considered more valuable because of their well balanced amino acid spectrum.
The relatively low protein content of cereals and potatoes (2% - but very essential), nuts and legumes (soybeans 36%) can be enhanced by combining these foods, or by eating them with animal protein.
Recommended daily intake: 0,8 g/kg (in relation to the reference weight)
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