--> People need protein. That is a fact. Yet, within that statement
there are different interpretations as to what kind of protein a person does or
needs to consume. There are also varying ways in which people acquire that
protein. Generally speaking, in the United States, it is a purchased good.
Of-course, one should not discount other means of getting protein such as
farming or growing a personal garden but let us look primarily at the angle of
obtaining protein through monetary exchanges. If people are willing to accept
the general rule that they need to consume protein then they must be willing to
accept that it will be a regular part of a person’s living expenses. Why do we
need it? The human body needs to take in protein to replenish the nitrogen that
is excreted every day through urine, feces, and skin. Protein is also a source
for essential amino acids. The minimal daily amount of protein that a person
needs depends on the individual’s gender, age, height, weight, and the amount
of energy they exert through their particular daily activities. Lack of protein
can cause problems such as growth failure, loss of muscle mass, decreased
immune system and/or weakened heart or respiratory system. So, we need protein.
We get our protein from the consumption of foods. We pay for food. Don't worry, there is good news:
some foods are high in protein and we can get by with eating smaller portions. Foods that
contain enough protein to satisfy our daily need (which will require less to be purchased and smaller portions to
be eaten) are usually nuts, legumes and potatoes. The runner up category will
be protein foods found in the dairy and meat range. Foods with protein that require
larger amounts of consumption and are therefore higher in expense overall are
So take heart, daily protein needs don't have to be a burden on your grocery expenses.