Proteins

Proteins

Proteins are essential for life. Without them, the functioning and structure of living cells would be impossible. Proteins are responsible for functions like growth and repair, for hormonal and enzymatic activities, they make up our antibodies, and form our muscles. There was a reason they were given their name from “proteios” – the foremost.

Protein rich foods are an important energy source. Also, they are essential for building our own proteins, as not all amino-acids (the building blocks of proteins) can be made from scratch, they must come from our food. All foods contain some protein, but the amount and quality vary widely. 


For us all

Sustainable protein: Meeting future needs

30 June 2017

Substituting animal products with more sustainable protein sources (e.g. algae, insects, rapeseed, and legumes) are important for the future of food. So, what are our options?


Plant protein may decrease risk of death

13 September 2016

Researchers from the United States suggest that replacing animal protein with a similar amount of protein from plant sources is associated with lower mortality...


Interview with FAO’s Eleonora Dupouy on the International Year of Pulses

02 August 2016

In a recent interview, EUFIC had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Eleonora Dupouy, who works at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)...


Eggs revisited: Nutritious and safe to eat

01 May 2011

Eggs are a rich source of protein and several essential nutrients. Emerging evidence suggests they are associated with improved diet quality.


Special nutritional requirements of the child athlete

10 March 2011

There are many health benefits to children from being highly active. However, the rapid period of growth during childhood and adolescence means that their nutritional requirements may differ from those of adults...


Proteins

07 July 2008

The word protein comes from the Greek word “protos”, meaning first element. Proteins are essential elements for growth and repair, good functioning and structure of all living cells...