Proteins are building blocks of the body
and are absolutely essential for
building every cell in the body. Muscles, bones, hair, nails, tissues
(including collagen), organs, enzymes for digestion and the antibodies
which protect against infection are all made of proteins.
Proteins help you to keep your vitality, your stamina, your
recuperative powers and, last but not least, your attractiveness. All
our cells are composed of amino acids and when proteins are digested
they are broken down into amino acids, which cells use to repair
themselves. Put simply, proteins are vital for cellular repair
and rebuilding and without it, the ageing process is accelerated.
Most attractive, appetizing protein dishes can be produced from pulses
(seeds of leguminous plants), of which soya beans are the richest
source. Various other kinds of beans, peas, lentils and all
types of nuts, cashew kernels, almonds, sunflower seeds and sesame
seeds can be the basis of tasty main courses, such as steaklets,
croquettes, cutlets, roasts, enhanced by a wide choice of herbs.
Other good sources of proteins are wheat germ, yeast extract, milk
fortified with powdered skim milk, cheese, eggs which add to the
nutritive value and flavor of protein dishes.