Proteins are often referred to as the building blocks of life. Every single cell of the body contains proteins, which are built from smaller components called amino acids. Protein feeds countless body functions such as digestion, immune response, hormone regulation, body chemical production, brain cell communication, neurotransmitter construction, and the building of bone, muscle, hair, skin, and nails. Most importantly, protein is key for the creation of new cells and reparation of damaged or worn ones.
So how much protein do we need? It is recommended that we consume 7 grams of protein for every 20 pounds of body weight. For example, a 140-pound person should eat around 50 grams every day. Compare that to the average protein consumption of an Iceland citizen, which is 140 grams daily on average! This infographic measures protein consumption worldwide, which can help us learn about culture, food, climate, and much more.