10 Protein Facts

As leading suppliers of wholesale meat in the Western Cape, we love all things protein, and we pride ourselves on our core values of quality, service and delivery. Did you know the word ‘protein’ comes from the Greek word proteios which means ‘holding the first place’ or ‘primary’? 

We all know how essential protein is to the human body for growth and maintenance. There are around 100,000 types and they provide structure and strength, control biochemical reactions, assist the immune system, regulate the metabolism, and hormones along with a wide variety of other functions, and they ensure we have a constant supply of healthy cells. 

With the help of Fact Retriever, here are 10 other facts we bet you didn’t know about our favourite macronutrient:

  1. The protein in eggs is the highest quality of protein found in any food.
  2. Hair is made up of a protein called keratin, which forms a helical shape. This protein has sulfur bonds, and the more sulfur links it has, the curlier a person’s hair will be.
  3. Insects are more nutritious than many other common forms of protein. For example, 100 grams of top sirloin beef contain 29 grams of protein and 21 grams of fat. However, 100 grams of grasshopper contain 20 grams of protein and just 6 grams of fat.
  4. Of all the cheeses, low-sodium Parmesan cheese has the most protein, with 41.6 grams per 100-gram serving.
  5. The Halaal fish with the most protein is the Yellowfin Tuna, with 30 grams per 100-gram serving. It is followed by anchovies (29 g), salmon (27 g), halibut (27 g), and snapper (26 g).
  6. Pumpkin and squash seeds provide 33 grams of protein per 100-gram serving. Watermelon seeds provide a little less than 28 grams per 100-gram serving.
  7. While beef is the most popular meat in America, its protein content is low compared to poultry.
  8. Complete proteins (whole proteins) are proteins that contain all nine of the essential amino acids. Typically, proteins from animal foods such as meats, poultry, fish, dairy, and eggs are complete. Incomplete protein sources usually include nuts and vegetables.
  9. Without a protein called Albumin, the entire human body would swell.
  10. Protein helps make a meal more satiating which, in turn, helps people maintain a healthy weight. Just increasing protein from 15% to 30% of total calories and reducing fat from 35% to 20% of calories can result in sustained weight loss.

And there you have it, ten great protein facts! And remember, if you want the best quality meat Cape Town has to offer, then call N1 today for all your protein (and more!) needs.