how to say “protein” in Hebrew…

A couple of days ago we did the word for carbs – פַּחְמִימוֹת (pahkh-mee-MOHT).

Today we’re going to look at another item on the Nutrition Facts section of packaged food – protein.
Hebrew’s rendition of protein is חֶלְבּוֹן (khehl-BOHN), which is also the term for egg white. If you look closely at the word – and you know some Hebrew (perhaps after having taken Level 1 at Ulpan La-Inyan) – you’ll see that its root is ח.ל.ב (kh.l.b), which is the same root as חָלָב (khah-LAHV) – milk. As we know, milk has protein.
Likewise, ח.ל.ב is also the root of חֵלֶב (KHEH-lehv), which means animal fat – another great source of protein.
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So when you peruse the label of your Israeli-brand Bamba or Bissli or Humus, look for חֶלְבּוֹנִים (khehl-boh-NEEM) – proteins.

After having studied literature and linguistics on the bachelors level and psychology on the masters, Ami decided to draw upon his hobby of learning languages, his understanding of human thought processes and his skill of explaining complex ideas in simple terms, to found a program that enables people to speak Hebrew with confidence.

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  • Ahh, Bamba- the best! 🙂

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