Protein is a vital component of life. Proteins do most of the work in cells and are necessary for the function, structure, and regulation of the body’s organs and tissues. A few of the crucial operations that proteins enable are regulating hormones, immune response, forming blood cells, digestion, neurotransmitter function, and building tissue. Eating protein is necessary because it is used to create new cells and repair damaged or worn cells. Protein is especially invaluable for healthy growth and development. How much protein is recommended? The National Academy of Medicine recommends adults get a minimum of .8 grams for every kilogram of weight, or 7 grams for every 20 pounds. Therefore, a 140-pound person should get at least 50 grams daily. With that number in mind, it is staggering to imagine that citizens of Iceland eat an average of 141 grams of protein per capita!
This infographic explores protein consumption around the world, which can shed light on culture, cuisine, and global need.
Infographic by: howtocook.recipes