60 high protein foods in Nigeria: Time table of Nigerian Protein Diet Plan?
What are the Nigerian foods rich in proteins? I mean both plant and animal proteins in Nigerians…
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Proteins are an essential part of the six classes of food. Generally, Nigerian foods are high in calories (carbohydrates and fats) but low in proteins.
Proteins, known as the building foods are very important to the growth and well being of all living creatures including humans. According to HEALTHLINE, “protein is an important component of every cell in the body. Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.”
Proteins help fill the stomach, and they are a key component for weight loss diet meal plan.
The generally accepted principle is that a woman should eat 46 grams of protein per day, while men need 56 grams (probably because of their muscle mass). However, a good number studies are suggesting that children should be much larger quantity of protein since they need it more to grow healthily. People aiming to build muscle, pregnant or nursing women, and older adults may need more protein.
Below are some of the proteein foods in Nigeria i have compiles from reliable science literatures:
1. Plant Proteins in Nigeria
➡️egusi soup (melon seed)
➡️locust beans (iru, ogiri, dawadawa)
➡️guinea corn (ogi baba)
➡️akara (bean cake)
2. Animal Proteins in Nigeria
➡️Eggs (egg whites not yolk)
➡️Fish (croaker, shiny, scumbia)
➡️Pork (pig meat)
➡️Bush meat (grasscutter, antelope,rabbit)
➡️Kefir (Kefir is a fermented drink, traditionally made using cow or goat milk)
PS: The building block of protein is amino acid. The human body creates 11 amino acids but must get another nine from food. Animal products are complete proteins, meaning they contain all the amino acids. Some plant products, such as soya beans and quinoa, are also complete proteins while others are incomplete proteins.(MEDICAL NEWS TODAY)