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20 Random Protein Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

In our last article on protein facts, we couldn’t cover everything. Most of the facts we covered in our last article were more or less serious kind of facts. Here in this article, we will take a look at lighter facts (not that light though). Knowing these facts will help you in a number of ways. First, you will know what to eat and how much to eat. You will know what gives you more protein and what gives less. There will be some fun facts and some yucky facts too! So, let’s begin with our random protein facts list.

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1. We all know that hair is made up of keratin – a type of protein. What most of us do not know is that the keratin makes up a helical shape.

2. Even weirder, the keratin that makes up our hair has sulfur bonds. The greater the number of bonds in the helical shape, the curlier the hair is.

3. Cheese has protein. Of all forms of cheese, the one known as Parmesan cheese has highest protein content. There are about 41.6 grams of proteins in every 100 grams of Parmesan cheese.

4. Insects are better when it comes to protein and fat content. Let us assume that you eat sirloin beef and your buddy eats grasshopper – 100 grams for each of you. Guess who wins? Your buddy! Because, 100 grams of grasshopper will deliver 20 grams of protein and 6 grams of fat. You on the other hand will get 29 grams of protein (which is of course more) but you will also get 21 grams of fat (which is more than 3 times what your friend gets).

5. Of all protein sources, the highest quality of protein comes from eggs.

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6. There was a time when of all animal meat, cow meat was consumed most. Today, pigs lead the race.

7. You really think beef is high in protein? Think again. Chickens or poultry beat cows or beef in terms of protein content.

8. Farming insects for protein is more environment-friendly than livestock because the greenhouse gases released by insects in 10 times less than that of livestock.

9. Do you know where the retinal protein Pikachurin gets its name from? It gets the name from Pikachu – a Pokemon character.

10. If that wasn’t surprising enough for you, you should know that there is a protein which is known as Sonic Hedgehog. Now you can guess where the name comes from.

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11. Not surprised yet? How about Ranasmurfin? It is a blue protein which is named after the popular Smurfs!

12. Did you know that India has lowest meat consumption per capita despite the fact that it is second largest country in terms of population? Meat consumption in India is only 7 pounds per person per year.

13. After India, the second lowest meat consuming country is Bangladesh where each person eats about 9 lbs. of meat per year on an average. The third position is taken by Democratic Republic of Congo with 10 lbs. of meat consumptions per capita.

14. The highest meat consumption per capita is in Luxemburg where people eat about 300 lbs. of meat per capita annually. USA takes the second position with 276 lbs. per capita and Austria takes the third position with 267 lbs. per capita.

15. In case you are a fish lover and want to derive most of your protein requirements from fish then here is the list of fish with highest protein content:

Fish TypeProtein Content Per 100 Gram of Serving
Yellowfin Tuna30 grams
Anchovies29 grams
Salmon27 grams
Halibut27 grams
Snapper26 grams
Tilapia26 grams

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16. Eating excessive protein can lead to weight gain but more importantly eating excessive protein than required will actually put immense pressure on kidneys and liver because these organs will have to work harder to break down the extra protein. The broken down protein will then be stored into body as fat because it won’t be required by body.

17. We said in our previous article that macronutrients are the ones that give us calories but they are also the ones that are required in large quantities by our body. Proteins, fats and carbohydrates are all macronutrients.

18. Interestingly alcohol also gives us calories but it is not a macronutrient because our body doesn’t need it for survival. We can live healthy and happy without ever consuming a single drop of it.

19. The question is why do we need proteins? Because it is required for synthesis of bone cells, production of RBC or red blood cells, maintaining organ functions, maintaining acidity balance, production of hormones and enzymes, maintaining flexibility, maintaining antibody immune function and more.

20. It is really not necessary to get all essential amino acids from a single meal. You should get all amino acids in entire day. If some essential amino acids enter your body with breakfast, some with lunch and some with dinner, it is just fine.

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