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The usual scene in many households at dinner is this……… the father and mother eat at least two meat cuts or more, but not the children. You are probably wondering where we are going with this, we are driving at something and it will become obvious as you read on.

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Have you ever thought about it that you may not need to eat as much meat as an adult? Adults require protein no doubt, but the truth is the young ones need it even more. Our reasons are not far fetched and they are as follow;

  • Red meat, like beef (cow meat) or goat meat (see our previous post on red meat) contains about 26-27 percent protein. Animal protein is said to constitute about the best source of protein you will ever find as it contains all the eight essential amino acids required for the maintenance of our body.
  • Interestingly, the amino acid profile of meat is almost identical to that of our own muscles. As a result, eating meat or any other source of animal protein for that matter is of particular benefit for growth as well as recuperation. Little wonder it is often recommended for patients who are recovering after surgery as well as recovering athletes.

What this means is that children and teenagers who are still growing are in need of as much animal protein as they can get to build muscles and other body tissues as well as for brain development.

Whereas, you as an adult require protein only for maintenance i.e. the repair of worn and torn tissues, not for growth. So, the next time you are serving that delicious meat, do well to remember who needs it more.

Do you agree with us? Do you have a totally different opinion? What would you like us to write about next? Let’s know in the comments.

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