Wellness Wednesday back to basics: Protein | Lifestyle

On Guam, proteins are a staple in most households.

Dietary protein is essential for health due to the availability of amino acids. You can think of amino acids as building blocks that make up proteins.

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The body uses amino acids for cell generation, hormone and enzyme function, growth and development, and other important functions such as supporting a healthy immune system.

Because of its vast functions, it is important to eat a variety of protein to promote overall health.

Complete and incomplete proteins

There are two types of proteins: complete and incomplete. This is based on the type of amino acids that are available in the protein source.

Animal proteins such as meat, fish, poultry, game, eggs, and dairy are “complete” proteins, meaning the contain all the essential amino acids to build proteins.