Proteins are biomolecules providing certain essential nutrients for our body to grow. Hence it is also referred to as a building block of life. There are vast sources of proteins available both in animal and plant food products. We all should include at least 20% to 35% protein in our daily diet as it is essential for keeping our entire body functioning. Generally speaking, a healthy human body comprises about 16% of proteins, which is equally important to water. Both too much protein and less quantity of protein can be dangerous as it results in deficiency and over-secretion disorders.
Let’s have a look at some interesting facts about protein.
Fact – 1
There are nearly 100,000 different types of proteins in our body, as they are essential for the cells and tissue to grow, heal and repair all the wounds and carry every chemical reaction in the body.
Fact – 2
Good quality protein is found in milk, cheese, yogurt, paneer, peas, soybeans, pulses, nuts, potatoes, yams, mushrooms, eggs, meat, etc.
Fact – 3
Proteins play a vital role in building immunity and during the production of both hormones and enzymes.
Fact – 4
Proteins act as natural antibiotics by producing antimicrobial peptides or proteins (AMP), which fight against microbes.
Fact – 5
Proteins are also involved in preventing the wear and tear of the muscles, building our muscles, keeping our brains healthy, and improving brain functioning by producing protein chemical messengers.
Fact – 6
The human outer skin, nails, and hair are insoluble fibrous and a non-digested protein called keratin. Hence it is always advised to eat enough protein to have glowing skin and long and healthy hair.
Fact – 7
Apart from muscle growth, glowing skin, and healthy hair, proteins also help reduce body weight by regulating the blood sugar level range, leading to improved metabolism. A protein-rich diet helps us feel full and prevents us from consuming extra food.
Fact – 8
There could be no life without protein, and about 18-20% of the body is composed of proteins. It also plays an important role in movement, structural support, storage, digestion, transportation, and cell communication.
It is always recommended to have any food source within a limit. As the saying goes, “Too much is too bad,” Too much protein is dangerous for the body. Excess protein in our body leads to weight gain, liver damage, kidney disorders, etc.
These were some Interesting Facts about proteins.
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