NATIONAL PROTEIN DAY
Every year on February 27th, National Protein Day draws public attention and awareness on the health benefits of protein. It’s also a day to learn more about different sources of plant and animal protein.
Protein is a macronutrient that is essential for the human body. The primary function of protein is to help build muscle mass. Protein is also a source of energy for the body. This nutrient is also important for the following reasons:
- Helps bodies to grow.
- Causes biochemical reactions that aid in digestion and blood clotting.
- Acts as chemical messengers that facilitates communication between tissues and organs.
- Provides structure to cells and tissues.
- Maintains body’s pH levels.
- Helps to boost the immune system.
- Transports and stores nutrients in the bloodstream.
Because protein is so important for the body, it’s vitally important to get enough of this nutrient. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. However, health experts state this amount of protein is the bare minimum. Some health professionals suggest consuming twice this much protein. Besides weight, the correct amount of protein also depends upon one’s age, sex, and their activity levels.
The best sources of protein include eggs, chicken, lean beef, tuna, turkey, and fish. Dairy products, such as cottage cheese, milk, and Greek yogurt are also high in protein. Those who don’t eat animal products or avoid dairy can find protein in broccoli, lentils, Brussels sprouts, pumpkin seeds, almonds, oats, and whey protein supplements.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalProteinDay
Educational seminars and other activities are held to ensure people in India know how much protein they need. They are reminded on this day that during every meal, one-quarter of their plate should contain protein.
- Other ways to participate in this day include:
- Figure out how much protein your body needs.
- Learn about how much protein different foods contain.
- Educate yourself on all the health benefits of protein.
Be sure to share this day on social media with #NationalProteinDay. You can even post a picture of your favorite source of protein!
PROTEIN DAY HISTORY
In India, more than 80 percent of Indians don’t get enough of this important nutrient. This is one of the reasons that India launched their first Protein Day on February 27th, 2020. On this day, health professionals in India created a Right to Protein initiative to educate Indians on the importance of this essential nutrient.