National Protein Day is an annual American holiday dedicated to protein. Its deficiency leads to functional disorders, deterioration of the skin, bones, hair, etc. Protein is a fundamental component that allows you to build muscle mass. The holiday is celebrated on February 27.
The purpose of National Protein Day was to increase people’s awareness of the importance of this substance and make them reconsider their diets. This holiday is actively supported by various organizations in the field of healthy eating, nutrition and health.
Protein is very important for the human body. It plays a special role in childhood. Sufficient amounts of this substance, coming with food, allows for normal growth and development of the body. For children, protein is an important food component that helps support normal body development. Otherwise, there may be a delay in growth and development, there will be various diseases related to both the musculoskeletal system and the cardiovascular system.
The best sources of protein are: red meat of animals and fish, eggs, milk and dairy products, cereals. If there is a serious protein deficiency, you can also start taking protein in dried form. It can be found in sports nutrition stores, as this supplement is popular with athletes.
- The average person needs 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of weight for daily living. So, if you weigh 70 kg, the daily diet should include 56 g of protein.
- Protein performs many functions: it provides energy, takes part in muscle formation and transportation of nutrients into the blood, improves blood properties, contributes to normal gastrointestinal function, and supports acid-alkaline balance throughout the body.
- Athletes need to increase their protein intake to 1.5-1.8 g per kg of body weight to improve muscle growth and make up for energy loss during exhausting workouts.
How to celebrate
Consume more protein on National Protein Day. Revise your diet and supplement it with protein-containing foods to prevent a deficiency of this substance in the body.
Spread the word on social media. Ask other users what foods they prefer to eat for protein.
When is National Protein Day celebrated in 2024?
National Protein Day is observed on February 27 each year.