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Proteins in the Diet



Proteins are made of amino-acids, which join together to form peptides, poly-peptides and finally proteins.
These take part in the maintenance of biological functions, growth and death of the body. These are essential parts of the diet and are 2ndmost common molecules after water in the body.
The nine essential amino-acids not produced in the body are phenylalaninevalinethreoninetryptophanmethionineleucineisoleucinelysine, and histidine.
The dietary requirements for proteins are about 1 gm/kg/day in adults. Children and pregnant and lactating mothers require additional amounts.
Higher quantities of protein increase acid content in the body. To compensate for this kidneys have to excrete higher amounts in the urine. Calcium excretion also increases. This may result in a tendency towards stone formation. Acidosis may result in osteoporosis.
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