Monday, September 27, 2010

The Importance of Nutrients and Protein for Women


The Importance of Nutrients and Protein for Women

Nutrients are substances found in food that nourish your body. Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are all nutrients. Vitamins and minerals are also nutrients. It's best to get nutrients from foods, and preferably ORGANIC foods.

However, with modern food production techniques, these nutrients can be lost (and often are.) That's where nutritional supplements (such as Herbalife nutritional supplements) can help! Besides organic food, they provide a number of substances that keep you healthy.

Your body needs adequate PROTEIN daily for peak physical performance and healthy weight management. Unfortunately, many dietary protein sources, including meat, cheese and nuts, are also high in unwanted fat and calories.

However, Herbalife's Formula 3 Personalized Protein Powder, a proprietary blend of whey and soy protein, is a convenient way to increase your protein consumption. This protein powder also helps you maintain your ENERGY LEVEL level between meals and helps you to maintain lean muscle mass.

Now, let's get back to foods, and take a look at some healthy food choices;

Fruits

For most of your fruit servings, choose a variety of fruits in various forms, such as;

Fresh, frozen, canned, or dried fruit. For example, try fresh apples, frozen blueberries, canned pears or peaches (without added sugar,) or dried apricots. Look for canned fruit packed in water or 100 percent fruit juice, instead of syrup.

However, go easy on fruit as it's high in calories and lacks fiber. If you have fruit juice, make sure it's 100 percent fruit juice with no added sugar.

Milk, Cheese and Yogurt


• Choose low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese and yogurt.

• If you have lactose intolerance, you can still get calcium from reduced-lactose milk, other milk products, and non-dairy sources of calcium. Many women with lactose intolerance can eat small amounts of milk, cheese, yogurt and other milk products without discomfort. Or you can take the enzyme lactase in the form of pills or liquid drops before you eat dairy products.

• If you can't or don't consume milk, cheese or yogurt, choose other sources of calcium, such as calcium-fortified soy drinks, calcium-fortified tofu, collard greens, sesame seeds, or fortified ready-to-eat cereals.

Meat, Beans and Foods High in Protein


• Choose low-fat or lean meats and poultry, such as chicken without the skin, or top round steak (a lean cut of beef.)

• Prepare meat, fish and poultry using low-fat cooking methods, such as baking, broiling or grilling.

• Vary your protein choices. Try fish, beans, peas, nuts and seeds. For example, try making a main dish without meat for dinner, such as rice or pasta with beans, at least once a week.

Anyhow lovely, I do hope you enjoyed my article; 'The Importance of Nutrients and protein for Women!' Until next time....

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