Types of protein | Fit&Well

Did you know there are many different types of protein? Most of us know that protein is one of the three essential macronutrients (alongside carbohydrates and fats) that our bodies need for proper function. Protein is the thing that gives our bodies structure, helps us to heal when we’ve been hurt and even helps us to grow when we’re children.

Certain types of protein, called antibodies, also support our immune system and enzymes are a type of protein that carry out chemical reactions in cells. All of these different types of proteins are made up of amino acids, which are extracted from protein-rich foods when we eat and transported around the body for use. There are nine different essential amino acids, with twenty types of amino acid that we use overall. Our bodies cannot make essential amino acids, so we must get these from our food.

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