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Protein: The Popular Macronutrient

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When it comes to getting enough macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, and fat) many people are most concerned about getting adequate, or more than adequate, protein. Whether your trying to build muscle or just eat a balanced diet, protein is very important. It aids in muscle building and repair, immune system function, and feeling full for a longer period of time. However, some people are protein junkies.  The average person does not benefit much from excessive protein consumption and it can actually have negative side effects. High protein consumption can put added stress on your kidneys, cause weight gain, and increase your calcium and water needs. It’s easy to meet your needs through regular meals and snacks. On average, for adult men, 56g of protein per day is adequate, for women it’s even lower at 46g per day. A single cup of chopped or diced chicken has 47g of protein. Choosing protein sources wisely and keeping them varied will help you gain the most benefits. Keep seafood in the mix for brain boosting omega-3s and vegetarian sources, such as beans, for heart healthy fiber.