So Exactly What Are Amino Acids and What Do They Do in the Body?
They are the building blocks of muscles, bones, cellular walls and all other tissues.
Skimping on protein is like a carpenter skimping on lumber.
The job, in this case your baby, just won’t come out right without adequate amounts of raw material.
The outcome in this case is disastrous: toxemia, poor muscle formation, malformations in the brain, etc.
Protein is essential during the entire gestational period, but special emphasis should be placed on protein consumption when your baby is growing its fastest.
Periods of the most rapid growth occur in the second and third trimester nutrition.
The eight month of gestation is particularly critical as your baby is growing not only in stature and weight, but babies brain development makes major strides this month as well.
If you are a vegetarian, piscatorial or vegan don’t worry.
You can maintain your meat free life style and still get all the protein you need.
Just be certain to get whole proteins.
Protein sources in plants, whole wheat grain and legumes abound but rarely do these garden variety protein sources contain all the amino acid chains.
To get a whole protein you will need to combine vegetable, grain and bean protein sources.
Rice alone for example is not a complete protein, but when paired with beans the protein gaps are covered.
In addition to meats, protein can be found in many places: there is protein in eggs, whole wheat grain rice, protein in milk, cheese and other dairy products, nuts, peanut butter, quinoa and beans.
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