Protein should make up 10-15% of a soccer player’s diet. Look for good sources of protein to get the most out of every bite like low fat dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt), poultry, fish, lean red meat, eggs, nuts, beans, lentils and soy. Fatty meats like pork and fast food hamburgers as well as most cheeses contain a lot of saturated fats so are not as suitable sources of protein.
Proteins are the building blocks for our ENTIRE body (not just big muscles). Protein is essential for the growth and repair of skin, hair, nails, bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles. It also serves a crucial role in enzyme production and maintaining a strict acid-base balance. Eating the right amount of protein intake is crucial for anyone involved in vigorous training.