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MMA Diet 101: Protein

Written on March 13, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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In this week's edition of MMA Diet 101: How important is protein for our body and how should it be consumed?

It’s no mystery that protein builds muscles and that it is made up of various amino acids. Hence, most fighters make protein and protein supplement the cornerstone of their unbalanced diet. Typically, scientific advice would say that athletes of any discipline must take one gram of protein per pound of body weight. But wouldn’t that make the fighter think too much about food measure? In reality, there is no perfect number of protein intakes. All that a fighter needs to do is take some protein with each meal.

The most common sources of protein are chicken, buffalo and turkey. However, animal proteins can also make human blood more acidic. Biologically, mineral calcium balances the acidity in the body. That said, too much acid in the body can take calcium away from the bones if necessary. There are various foods that can give quality protein, while also containing healthy compounds. Beans, for instance, are high in protein and in fiber. It also has various heart-healthy and cancer-fighting antioxidant compounds.

If you want to have a balance protein intake on your diet, follow the five simple tips posted after the break.

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