What is Protein?


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What are Dietary Proteins?

Dietary Proteins are large, complex molecules that play many critical roles in the body. They do most of the work in cells and are required for the structure, function, and regulation of the body’s tissues and organs. Proteins are made up of hundreds or thousands of smaller units called amino acids, which are attached to one another in long chains. There are 20 different types of amino acids documented to date that can be combined to make a protein. The sequence of amino acids determines each protein’s unique 3-dimensional structure and its specific function. Examples of protein functions include anti-bodies, enzymes, chemical messengers, structural building blocks, transport and storage (see: Wikipedia).

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