We're All Made of the Same Protein
Jess Hines, Chief Blogger
For the past several years, protein has been a golden child for health and nutrition trends. From buzzy trends like paleo to keto to Whole30, we’ve seen our social feeds fill up with “how-tos” and beginners’ guides to these protein-focused lifestyles. And a quick dip into Google Trends will show you that worldwide search interest for “protein” has been steadily increasing for more than a decade, with “ketogenic diet” and “paleolithic diet” and “plant based protein” frequently popping up in top related topics.
The global demand for protein—animal and plant-based—is at an all-time high. And while protein consumption and preferences may differ across the globe, no matter how you slice it (or fillet it or milk it or grow it), protein is an essential building block for all of us.
At Tyson Foods, the same holds true. With dozens of nationalities and cultural differences across our organization, it doesn’t matter how you say it (or prepare it or present it or consume it): protein powers us to bring our very best to work each day, and that’s something that transcends any borders or language barriers.
Several team members who represent our diverse mix of talent shared with me what "protein" means in their corner of the world.
Zuleika “Zuly” Malave – Panama Republic
Protein in Panama Republic: The most popular for us are beans and milk.
How it’s prepared: We boil the beans until they are soft, then we put seasoning like cilantro, garlic, and we fry onions and green peppers to add to it. We use milk in different ways, but we commonly make a dessert called arroz con leche (rice with milk, or “rice pudding”). We cook the rice with regular milk until it’s soft, then we pour in condensed milk, evaporated milk, and add raisins, cinnamon, and some eggnog powder to give flavor.
Kaung “Sunny” Zaw – Burma
Burmese: အသားဓါတ; atatdat
Protein in Burma: The most popular types of protein in Burma are fish, beans and nuts. The second most popular types of protein are chicken, pork and beef; these meats come in second due to affordability.
How it's prepared: Of the popular protein, fish is filleted, fried, salted and dried and then made into a salty or fermented paste, which is used in a lot of Burmese cuisine. Nuts are typically deep-fried. A mix of deep-fried beans and nuts is a popular snack due to portability, and peanut powder is widely used to prepare different Burmese salads. Beans are used in several ways—bean sprouts, prepared as a paste, or fermented, which is very popular in some parts of the country. Chicken, beef and pork are mostly cooked curry style.
Kang "Chef K" Kuan – China
Culinary Ninja, Innovation Lab
Mandarin Chinese: 蛋白; dan bai
Favorite Chinese dish: Red braised Kao Fu—braised gluten with bamboo, wood ear mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, carrots, ginger, tofu, and dried lilly flower. No one I know works with gluten like this. Vegan and delicious, hot or cold. My mom makes a big pot of this, and I can never get enough of it!
There are 20 different amino acids that make up protein.
There are more than 120,000 team members that make up Tyson Foods.
I think all of them are essential in making up the unique threads that weave together our cultural fabric.
Published February 26, 2019.
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