News By/Courtesy: Nikitha M | 27 Jul 2020 15:27pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Importance and Benefits of protein
  • Common myths and misconceptions of protein
  • Types and Requirements of protein

Protein is one of the three major macronutrients that are essential for a balanced diet. It is considered as the building block of life and is found in every cell of our body. Protein helps in protecting the body from various bacteria and viruses, helps in repairing cells and making new ones, transporting molecules throughout the body, promoting proper growth and development in children, teenagers, and pregnant women. Without appropriate amounts of protein, there could be a risk of missing out on the key functions that could lead to problems like loss of muscle mass, failure to grow, and weakened functioning of the lungs and heart.

 Individuals need to consume protein every day. Protein should be a part of the daily health maintenance plan since it helps in keeping the cells in good shape. The ability of the protein to reduce appetite and hunger levels helps in reducing calorie intake which is a key factor to achieve weight loss. Eating protein also boosts metabolism. It also helps to maintain muscle mass and prevents muscle wasting and helps to strengthen muscles. Eating a high protein diet can help the body in recovering quicker after an injury.

 There are some common myths and misconceptions about daily protein intake like vegetables and fruits provide protein, high protein intake harms the kidneys, protein is difficult to digest and therefore helps to gain weight, protein is required only to build muscles, and vegetarians do not get adequate protein. Over 70% of Indian mothers believe in these myths and decide to pick vitamins and carbohydrates for their families including their kids.

 There are different types of protein like complete proteins which include all the essential amino acids, incomplete proteins which include at least one essential amino acid so there is a lack of balance in the proteins and finally complementary proteins which refer to two or more foods with incomplete proteins that can be combined to supply complete proteins.

 The protein requirement for an adult is usually 1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight and for children, it should be slightly more than 1 gram per kilogram of body weight and the sources in which protein is available are cheese, pannier, chicken, peanut butter, seafood, beans, and peas, etc.

 

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion etcetera. this article is based purely on the author's personal views and opinions in the exercise of the fundamental right guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) and other related laws being a force in India, for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 27 Jul 2020 19:44pm IST


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