Protein is an essential nutrient that we need to eat in relatively large quantities in order for our bodies to function properly. The Reference Intake (RI) for protein is 50g a day for an adult, needs can vary based on weight, activity levels and development stage. Protein is a component in every cell in your body, from your skin, hair and nails to your hormones, bones and blood. Your body can produce some of the proteins that are needed but there are some that the body can’t make. These proteins are known as essential amino acids and you need to get these from your diet. You might already know that eating protein is important for the growth and maintenance of muscles but did you know that protein is also needed for the maintenance of bones? It is particularly important for the growth and development of bone in children. All of our Donegal Catch products are a source of protein, so there are plenty of options to get more protein on your plate.