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    HEALTH AND FITNESS: Know your nutrients: Protein | Features

    For the last two weeks, I have written about carbohydrates and fats. This week I am covering protein, another essential macronutrient in your diet. Protein is part of all cells and is the main component of muscles. Proteins are made up of building blocks called amino acids. The human body requires 20 amino acids for the synthesis of its proteins. Your body can produce some of these amino acids, so they are called nonessential because you do not need to get them from your diet. There are nine essential amino acids that cannot be made by the body and are obtained only from food. If the protein in a food…

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