Why Does Your Body Need Protein?

Grilled Chicken Breast

Here at Najma Foods, we specialise in chilled meats. From beef to poultry, all of our chilled meat products come packed with protein.

Take our Halal Grilled Chicken Breast Fillet as a great example. One 120g fillet packs a whopping 25g of protein. That’s about half of your recommended daily requirement.

So, why are we making such a big fuss about protein?

Because it’s vital for maintaining your health. Here are some of the reasons why your body needs protein.

Building and Maintaining Muscle

You need only listen to a bodybuilder talk about protein shakes to understand just how much your muscles need protein. It’s an essential building block. Protein helps your muscles to repair themselves after the damage they incur while you work out. It’s also crucial for helping your muscles retain their strength and for boosting your bone density.

Simply put, you need protein to stay strong. The more protein you consume, the large the effect on your muscles. Of course, you have to put the work in too. But protein gives you the energy that you need to develop your body and push it to its limits.

It Fills You Up

Here’s the thing about weight gain. It often happens because you spend a lot of time snacking in between meals. You snack because your meals either aren’t providing you with the nutrients that your body needs or because they don’t lead to that full feeling that means you don’t need snacks.

That’s where protein comes in. A protein-rich meal leaves you feeling completely full, even if you didn’t consume a lot of calories. As a result, you snack less. For those on a diet, this means less cheating on your meal plan. Your waistline feels the benefit.

The same is true of high-fibre foods too. If you can combine fibre and protein in a meal, you’ll do wonders for your waistline.

It Slows Sugar Absorption

This is a particularly important benefit for those who have diabetes. Protein requires insulin of your body is to metabolise it. However, the amount of insulin it needs is negligible when compared to how much carbohydrates need.

In fact, some studies show that protein slows your bloodstream’s sugar absorption levels. When combined with other smart dietary choices, this means it could help you to regulate your diabetes. This is also good news for non-diabetics, particularly those who have a lot of sugar in their diets.

It’s Good For Your Mood

Protein contains amino acids, which your body and brain need to function properly. Importantly, there are nine of these amino acids that your body can’t produce on its own. It needs you to consume protein.

The important point here is that these amino acids that come from proteins help your body to maintain its hormone balance. The fewer amino acids you have, the less able your body is to keep your hormones in check. This leads to the imbalances that cause mood swings and other self-destructive behaviours.

Protein isn’t a “cure” for issues such as depression and anxiety. But it can help you to regulate your moods, to a small degree.

Do you want to find out how much protein each of the chilled foods in the Najma Foods range packs? Head to our product page and check out the ingredients that we use.