The Necessity of Consuming Protein
Protein should be included in all meals and snacks because it slows down digestion and helps you stay full for a longer period of time. In regards to exercise, protein stores can be used for energy in the absence of adequate carbohydrate, specifically the branch chain amino acids (BCAAs = leucine, isoleucine, valine). Thus it is essential to consume complete proteins to ensure adequate BCAA levels in the body.
Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD is a registered dietitian for Ben Hogan Sports Medicine and serves as the sports dietitian for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, FC Soccer Dallas, Jim McClean Golf School, Texas Christian University Athletics, and University of Texas at Arlington Athletics. In addition, she is an adjunct professor and dietetic intern preceptor for Texas Woman’s University, Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington and is a state media representative for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. . She received her Bachelor of Science degree in speech communications from Texas Christian University and Masters in Exercise and Sports Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.