National Protein Day

National Protein Day is observed next on Sunday, February 27th, 2022 (89 days from today).

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National Protein Day is an annual celebration on 27th February which aims to rally towards the mission of increasing awareness and completeness about protein for Indians.

Something about protein

Obviously, protein plays a necessary role with the human body.  The main function of protein is to help build muscle mass.  It also provides a source of energy for body.  Moreover, the below reasons which explains why it is important for us:

  • Helps the body grow.
  • Induces biochemical reactions that aid digestion and blood clotting.
  • Acts as chemical messengers that facilitate communication between tissues and organs.
  • Provides structure to cells and tissues.
  • Helps strengthen the immune system.
  • Transport and store nutrients in the blood.

Because protein is so important to the body, it's paramount to get enough of this nutrient. According to the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA), 0.8 grams is the protein per kilogram of body weight.  However, health experts say this amount of protein is minimal.  Some health professionals suggest consuming twice this amount of protein.  Besides weight, the exact amount of protein depends on their age, gender, and activity level.

Eggs, chicken, lean beef, tuna, turkey, and fish are the best sources of protein.  Dairy products, such as cheese, milk, and Greek yogurt are also rich in protein.  People 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.

History of National Protein Day

India's Protein Day was launched on 27 February 2020 under the Right to Protein, a national public health initiative.  The aim of this holiday is to pay attention, raise awareness and spread India about the health benefits of protein.  This day is observed in many countries around the globe.

Right to Protein

The Right to Protein Initiative is India's first advocacy program calling for the right to adequate protein as the core of nutrition for India.  This initiative aims to improve the quality and consistency of various proteins consumed in India.  It also aims to lead to more protein consumption for poultry, livestock and livestock and aquaculture, including shrimp and fish farming.

According to the Market Research Bureau of India, there is more than 80% Indians who are in protein deficiency.  Another study, of the Right to Protein initiative, highlighted how Indian households limit their protein intake to certain basic foods - dal, roti, rice - due to a lack of awareness about the other protein-rich foods.  While this is true for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian households, despite the sizable proportion of non-vegetarians and the growing flexible population, the amount of eggs, fish and meat consumed is small and  sometimes, with less frequency due to culture or religion. So, which common source of macronutrients should Indian households with diverse dietary preferences turn to?

For example, plant proteins have recently taken up a higher proportion of the human diet.  Although it is often claimed that plants provide many nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and fiber, it is often misunderstood that plant proteins are less nutritious than animal proteins.  Prioritize added value to one's nutritional goals, especially on days or diets where we cannot provide or simply do not eat enough animal protein.

When it comes to plant protein, sources like soy top the list as a high-quality protein food, comparable to protein of animal origin.  Soy protein, obtained from soybeans is classified as a legume, and is also considered a good source of fiber, iron, calcium, zinc and B vitamins.  One cup of dry roasted soybeans provides about 40 grams of protein, more than half of the daily protein requirement for many people.  Soybeans are also quite versatile and can fit into almost any type of menu and can be varied depending on preference.  And soybeans are one of the most sought after sources of plant-based protein, readily available in all markets and a rich source of easily accessible protein.  Today, soybeans account for the majority of global vegetable protein consumption, followed by beans and legumes.

Immature soybeans, widely known as edamame beans, can be eaten as boiled, stewed or steamed.  Other versatile variations of soy include - soy flour is a great ingredient for baking, soy milk is considered a boon for those who are lactose intolerant, tofu is the perfect substitute for cheese, miso, and tempeh are fermented variations of soybeans and can act as probiotics.

How to celebrate National Protein Day

Educational seminars and other activities are held to make sure people in India know how much protein they need.  They are reminded on this day that at each meal, a quarter of their plate should contain protein.

Below are some ways to participate this day:

  • Find out how much protein your body needs.
  • Learn about the amount of protein that different foods contain.
  • Educate yourself about all the health benefits of protein.
  • Remember to share this day on social media with #NationalProteinDay.  You can even post a photo of your favorite protein source!

Observed

National Protein Day has been observed annually on February 27th.

Dates

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Saturday, February 27th, 2021

Sunday, February 27th, 2022

Monday, February 27th, 2023

Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

Also on Sunday, February 27th, 2022