It may come as a surprise to some of you, but protein isn’t just good for bodybuilders and fitness fanatics! Everyone needs protein to help with new tissue growth + repair, as well as good digestion + immunity. Proteins are essential amino acids + help to lower cholesterol and are full of vitamins + minerals. Therefore, it goes without saying that every person at every age needs to consume protein in one form or another throughout the day.
However protein is even more important for growth and development during childhood, adolescence, and pregnancy. If you exercise regularly you will also need a higher protein diet to restore your muscles after a workout.
Many parents are nervous about giving our products to their children as a healthy alternative snack as they are worried about them having added protein. However, protein is essential for children to have in their daily diet as it supports their growing bodies with; digestion, immunity, new tissue growth + tissue repair. Our all-natural protein balls are a great sweet snack for them to enjoy + you know they are getting the essential amino acids, vitamins + minerals. If you’re nervous about giving them protein balls with whey protein in, try our Cherry + Almond flavour made with egg white, or our vegan/plant based range made with pea + rice protein. Shop the full range here.
The elderly also need to consume high amounts of protein to prevent muscle loss + retain strength. Although loss of muscle and strength with age is inevitable, there's some interesting nutrition research that shows that protein intake (amount, type and timing through the day) can help to retain muscle. When muscles get smaller, they get much weaker. Loss of strength is consistent with loss of mobility and independence, therefore we recommend that adults over age 65 and older follow a high protein diet.
In order to follow a high protein diet, you need to know what kinds of food give you high protein. Protein is found in meats, poultry, fish, meat substitutes, cheese, milk, nuts, legumes + protein powders. They can also be found in smaller quantities in starchy foods and vegetables. Proteins that contain all nine essential amino acids are considered 'high quality' proteins. These high quality proteins tend to come from animal sources. People who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet can get plenty of protein if they keep a balanced diet.