Reported by, the online wholesale food marketplace-

Have you ever heard of amino acids? Don’t feel bad if you haven’t – you won’t see them on any nutrition facts labels. This is because they are under the broad term “proteins” – which is about as helpful as saying you need two pounds of food a day. How do you know if you are getting enough if they don’t tell you what kind you are eating?

Check this out for more on understanding nutrition labels.

Amino Acids are the building blocks of proteins, which are the building blocks of our bodies. While we can create most amino acids from other nutrients, there are ten that our body cannot create. They are L-Arginine, L-Histidine, L-Lysine, L-Isoleucine, L-Leucine, L-Methionine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Tryptophan, L-Valine, and L-Threonine. The only way to obtain these amino acids is directly through, you guessed it, food.

To understand what the “L” is all about, click here.

Without Enough Amino Acids, We Can’t Function.

Leucine deficiency reduces the body’s ability to digest. Without proper levels of leucine, your digestive system works less efficient. This means fewer nutrients in your body, and more in your stool.

Ever heard of serotonin? Our bodies build serotonin out of L-Tryptophan. Serotonin is believed to be one of the chemicals that cause us to feel happy, along with dopamine, endorphins, and a few others. Without proper amounts of serotonin, we are said to feel depressed, irritable and experience sleep deprivation. This is why L-Tryptophan is often used as a sleep-aid.

These are just a couple of examples showing the importance of amino acids to our body’s functionality.

Learn more about the other amino acids.

Food Is The Healthiest Source

Amino Acids are available as supplements – but try your best to get them from your food. It is important to understand that many nutrients cannot be absorbed in their purest forms.

Say you don’t have enough calcium in your diet, you might take calcium supplements. However, even if you take twice the calcium you need every day, it is very possible that your body will still lack the recommend daily dosage of calcium. This is because vitamin D is needed in order to absorb calcium. Without vitamin D, your body has no way to use the calcium, thus it is disposed of as waste.

In food, the nutrients you need in order to absorb other nutrients are often found together. For instance, most dairy products are high in vitamin D and calcium, so your body is much more likely to receive what it needs. It is always healthier to obtain nutrients from food versus taking a pure form.  Supplements are meant to fill gaps in our diet, not to replace nutrient-filled foods.

Do you take supplements or vitamins? If so, how often? Please respond with your thoughts!

(Photo Source)

(Additional Resources 1, 2)

Views: 17

Tags: Foodem, acids, amino, food,, health, minerals, vitamins


You need to be a member of FohBoh to add comments!

Join FohBoh




Social Wine Club for Craft Wineries


QSRs squeeze into unconventional locations

Nontraditonal quickservice units are popping up wherever people are, moving beyond street-side and mall locations to military -More

Optimize efficiency with an applicant tracking system

Businesses increasingly are turning to software programs that make applicant tracking more efficient.  -More

Read the NRA statement on NLRB's joint employer decision


All-new pasta dish features Grand Cru® Alpine-style cheese
Roth® Grand Cru® cheeses have a complex and full-bodied flavor that's crafted to achieve excellence in your menu applications. Try it in Manicotti en Croute with Brandied Fig Dipping Sauce. This elegant and inventive dish recently won our recipe contest for postsecondary culinary students, and is perfect as a sophisticated appetizer, passed hors d'oeuvre or savory dessert.


Posting a job or finding a job starts here at FohBoh. Call us about special $50 posting packages to syndicate across all major jobs boards.

National News

Darden Announces Leadership Succession Plan

Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) announced that Clarence Otis is stepping down as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Darden's Board of Directors has appointed the Company's current Independent Lead Director, Charles A. Ledsinger, Jr., as Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, effective immediately. The Company also announced that it has amended its corporate governance policies to provide for the separation of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer roles.

National Restaurant Association Statement on NLRB Joint Employer Decision

Today the National Restaurant Association issued the following statement regarding the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision asserting McDonald’s Corporation is a joint employer of its franchisees:

National Restaurant Association Issues Support for Clearer ACA Definition of Seasonal Employment

The bipartisan legislation will align the definitions of seasonal employment in the Affordable Care Act and streamline the applicable large employer determination process.

Rising India, Inc. Announces Acquisition Strategy Toward a Sizable Slice of the QSR Pizza Pie

Rising India, Inc. (OTC: RSII), announces today it will immediately begin work toward the acquisition of up to 5 profitable stores in the popular Quick Serve Pizza Restaurant segment. Current targets are currently earning about $450,000 in revenues per year, per store. Acquisition of targets would provide immediate cash flow identified from profitable longstanding, absentee owner operations with proven model success.

Panera Bread Company Reports Q2 2014 Diluted EPS of $1.82

Q2 2014 Revenue increased 7% to $631 million - Q2 2014 Company-owned comparable net bakery-cafe transactions up 0.4%


If you are looking for capital to start or grow your restaurant, create the next 501c3, develop and launch the next app for the restaurant industry,or want to help your peers in some meaningful way, we want to know about it.


TED: Ze Frank: Are you human? - Ze Frank (2014)

Have you ever wondered: Am I a human being? Ze Frank suggests a series of simple questions that will determine this. Please relax and follow the prompts. Let's begin …

TED: Heather Barnett: What humans can learn from semi-intelligent slime - Heather Barnett (2014)

Inspired by biological design and self-organizing systems, artist Heather Barnett co-creates with physarum polycephalum, a eukaryotic microorganism that lives in cool, moist areas. What can people learn from the semi-intelligent slime mold? Watch this talk to find out.

TED: Shih Chieh Huang: Sculptures that’d be at home in the deep sea - Shih Chieh Huang (2014)

When he was young, artist Shih Chieh Huang loved taking toys apart and perusing the aisles of night markets in Taiwan for unexpected objects. Today, this TED Fellow creates madcap sculptures that seem to have a life of their own—with eyes that blink, tentacles that unfurl and parts that light up like bioluminescent sea creatures.

TED: Nikolai Begg: A tool to fix one of the most dangerous moments in surgery - Nikolai Begg (2013)

Surgeons are required every day to puncture human skin before procedures — with the risk of damaging what's on the other side. In a fascinating talk, find out how mechanical engineer Nikolai Begg is using physics to update an important medical device, called the trocar, and improve one of the most dangerous moments in many common surgeries.

© 2014   Created by FohBoh.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service