• Question: do protiens help your diet

    Asked by kira1998 to Jo, Loren, Sam, Toby on 25 Jun 2014.
    • Photo: Tobias Warnecke

      Tobias Warnecke answered on 25 Jun 2014:

      Hi kira1998,

      proteins are an essential part of your diet – if you don’t get proteins, sooner or later, you’ll drop dead. This is because the body cannot manufacture all the amino acids to build its own proteins. These “essential amino acids” need to be taken up in your diet.

      That doesn’t mean you need some fancy protein supplements, though. Just what’s in your normal diet. Proteins are in meat, milk, in beans, … the list goes on.

    • Photo: Jo Nettleship

      Jo Nettleship answered on 25 Jun 2014:

      Hi kira1998,
      You need protein in your diet. You can get this from meat or other sources such as lentils. As Toby says, the proteins provide the essential amino acids you need to live.

    • Photo: Loren Macdonald

      Loren Macdonald answered on 25 Jun 2014:

      Hi Kira,

      As the others have said, proteins are essential for your diet. For example, when I culture human cells we include the amino acids from proteins in the media that is used to grow them in. Without these, the cells would not survive.