5 things you didn't know about protein
Fact No. 1
Did you know that 1 in 3 Singaporean elderly are malnourished? Shocking isn't it? That’s because they might not be eating enough protein.
Fact No. 2
Protein is one of the most common deficits in an elderly person's diet, and this is related to the loss of teeth as we age. If we have weak teeth/no teeth, how does one chew on meat?
Fact No. 3
Protein is needed throughout our body. Not only for our muscles. In fact, protein forms our body structure, hair, nails, skin and internal organs. We also need it for our blood, immune system, and hormones. This means that everything breaks down when you don't have enough protein.
Fact No. 4
You know how we always worry about getting fat when we eat deep fried food or too much carbohydrates? That's because our body stores these nutrients when not in use.
Protein is different.
Our bodies cannot store protein. So when we do not feed our bodies with enough protein, our bodies will look for alternative sources in order to survive. It will take protein from our muscles, bones and organs. This compromises our overall strength and health.
Fact No. 5
Protein is especially important when we are sick.
When illness strikes, our bodies will quickly break down muscles to defend and repair itself. Since muscles are made of protein, our bodies cannot recover properly when there's not enough of protein.
So act now. Don't let malnutrition take away your loved one's health and independence.
If you need help, call us at 6250-2129 today.
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