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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 PROTEIN In order to help maintain muscle, lose fat, and promote proper healing, it is very important to include enough protein in your diet. The body hasthe ability to make13 amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. However, there are nine "essential" amino acids that your body cannot produce, so you must obtain these from food sources. It is important to eat foods that contain these amino acids. Lean protein foods are lower incalories and will help you maintain your weight loss. Protein is made from amino acids, which are the building blocks of our DNA. The body can make 13 of these amino acids, but nineare considered "essential" and must be obtained through food. After bariatric surgery, the body can't break down protein aseasily as before, so it's crucial to consume nutrient-dense foodsthat are naturally high in protein. Here's a taste of what happens in the body after we eat protein in the form of meat: Meats are considered"complete" proteins, because they containall nine essential amino acids. DID YOU KNOW? After meat is swallowed,it travels through theesophagus to the stomachwhere the protein is brokendown into smaller piecescalled peptides. Peptides leave the stomach and enter the small intestine, where they are broken down by enzymes into smaller peptides, and then into individual amino acids. Most of the amino acids areabsorbed from the small intestine into the bloodstream. Amino acids travel via thebloodstream to the liver, whichdistributes the amino acidsto the rest of the body.
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