Importance of dietary protein for blood sugar regulation

Importance of dietary protein for blood sugar regulation

Protein is one of the 3 macronutrients found in food that our body requires.

It is the building blocks for our tissues, organs, nerves, muscles, enzymes, antibodies, hemoglobin, and peptide hormones. Adequate amounts of dietary protein is also needed for proper blood sugar regulation, which is a very important foundation for our health.

Your blood sugar levels affect many things in your body including energy production, tissue integrity, brain health, mood and memory, and hormonal balance.

Having a balanced ratio of a quality protein source with meals is one way to keep your blood sugar balanced because protein has a minimal effect on blood glucose levels.

Protein has a slower conversion to turn into glucose compared to carbohydrates. Ideally, you should aim for 19%-35% protein out of your total calorie intake for the day. Daily protein intake is bio-individual and should be tailored to everyone based on physiological needs, activity levels, digestion status, and fitness goals.

Remember, not all protein sources are created equal. You can consume protein from a plant-based or animal-based food source, but the human body requires 9 essential amino acids that cannot be made from the body which requires us to get this from the food sources we consume (usually referred to as "complete protein").
Nutrient-dense sources of quality animal-based protein include wild-caught seafood, meat from grass-fed or pasture-raised animals, pasture-raised poultry, raw dairy, and eggs. 
Plant-based protein can be found in food sources such as lentils, chickpeas, legumes, quinoa, nuts, and seeds.
If you are someone who struggles to consume enough protein throughout the day, but also looking to keep your blood sugar stable, try adding in our plant-based protein powder as a snack creating a blood sugar balancing smoothie, or incorporating it into a post-workout shake!
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