Protein is an essential macronutrient for the human body (along with healthy fats and carbohydrates). Protein is made up of little building blocks called amino acids. There are 20 amino acids that are needed for our bodies to function – of these 20, we can make only 11 of them within our bodies. The remaining 9 we must get from our food as our bodies cannot to otherwise produce them – thus they are called “essential amino acids”
Protein has a number of different roles in the body including the following:
- Repair body cells
- Build and repair muscles, cartilage, ligaments, skin and bones
- Aids in healthy hair, nails and teeth
- Provide a source of energy
- Control many of the important processes in the body related to metabolism
- It is essential for healthy hormone and body chemical production and activity.
Whey protein, which is the form of protein used in our Gold Standard infant formula, contains these amino acids and is a vital source of protein for your growing baby’s needs. Whey protein is better for your baby as it is more easily digested and less likely to trigger allergies or reactions. Human breast milk is predominantly whey protein for this reason. (1)
(1) Martin, Camilia R., Pei-Ra Ling, and George L. Blackburn. “Review of Infant Feeding: Key Features of Breast Milk and Infant Formula.” Nutrients 8.5 (2016): 279. PMC. Web. 27 Aug. 2018.