We have heard this a lot of times that consuming protein-rich food is a sure-shot way to have better health. Whether we trying to lose weight or gain weight, or even for better immunity, protein intake is very essential for the body. While we have too much cottage cheese, fish, eggs and even protein shakes, to have the maximum protein intake, we often forget that too much could be harmful. Is our protein intake correct? Let us learn more about it. 

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Protein is like Legos for our bodies. They act like building blocks that makes organs, tendons, hormones, and muscles. They make up for our bone strength and are essential in several biochemicals functioning in the human body. Protein intake has always been important but with increasing inclination towards fitness and health, a protein-rich diet has gained much popularity. It helps both in increasing and losing weight. But what we want to know is whether too much protein can harm the body or not.

The answer to this is Yes. Protein intake varies from one person to another. It also depends on their lifestyle, body type, and eating habits. Some known medical studies suggest that an average male should have 56 gm protein while a female should have 46 gm protein intake every day. But this too varies from situation to situation. For instance, when a person is trying to lose or gain weight, their protein intake can differ. 

Some expert studies claimed that too much intake of protein can increase the risk of kidney stones. Consumption of a diet like red meat, which is high in protein, can lead to saturated fats while increasing the risk of strokes. Not for those trying to build up their muscles, but others should have a plant-based protein diet like lentils, soy, and legumes for a balanced result. These would not only help in boosting immunity but will also keep calories in check. Did you get it?

On this note, let us give a recipe of a quick protein-rich salad made up of chickpeas. We knew you wanted this!! So, have a look at the steps below and stay healthy!

Ingredients

For salad

  • 2 cup chana or chickpeas
  • ½ moong dal
  • ½ onion (chopped)
  • ½ cucumber (chopped)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • ½ capsicum (chopped)
  • 2 green chilies

For salad dressing

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic paste
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs

Method

  • Take chana and soak them overnight. Also, boil them.
  • When done, take a bowl and add boiled chana.
  • Add chopped onion, tomato, capsicum, cucumber, and green chilies to the chickpeas.
  • Meanwhile, mix all the dressing ingredients together and prepare the salad dressing.
  • Add the salad dressing to the chickpeas.
  • Combine everything together.
  • Add moong beans and mix.
  • Serve!

Stay healthy and fit!!