Nutrition Month: A Protein Paradox Exists! And Here’s Why We Need To Change

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September 1, 2020

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Nutrition Month: A Protein Paradox Exists! And Here’s Why We Need To Change

As dietary patterns differ in India from region to region, the nation easily exhibits a range of diverse eating habits. Although there seems to be no dearth of food options according to taste and preferences, unfortunately India continues to be faced with a nutrition problem. Time and again, global reports have indicated that India would not meet its nutrition targets and the reasons are somehow attributed to poor consumption practices. One of the most crucial factors for better heath nourishment is protein. But, government reports (NSSO) indicate that there has been a gradual decline in protein consumption.

The latest study by Right To Protein reveals that a protein paradox exists in India, where households may claim to know about the macronutrient protein but continue to neglect it due to several predominant myths around its consumption. It stresses upon the need to increase awareness about protein consumption by emphasizing on the macronutrient’s importance in daily Indian diets. Over the years, the amount that is spent on protein rich foods, has come down significantly, which might allow the nation to stray into a protein-deficit crisis. Here are a few reasons why protein needs its due credit and why a large-scale change is essential!

Protein deficiency can be harmful

While the benefits of protein are easy to understand, harmful effects of protein deficiency remain under the shadow — problems such as poor wound healing and nutritional diseases that can lead to sluggishness and anaemia. Disorders like Sarcopenia, Hyperproteinaemia, and Protein Energy Malnutrition (PEM) can also manifest in people who consistently consume inadequate amounts of protein.

Protein helps with metabolism and obesity

Regular protein intake can help curb several disorders and also help in boosting metabolism which in turn helps with weight loss. Protein-rich diets are highly recommended for all and especially for those who seek better daily lifestyle management. It also regulates hormones to keep hormone-related disorders away.

Protein boosts your immunity

COVID-19 struck regions around the world unannounced, and seemingly immunity is one of the most important weapons against this struggle. And immunity is the core function of none other than the macronutrient, Protein. Proteins help to make molecules such as haemoglobin and immunoglobulins that are responsible for developing a strong immune response. One would notice that moving to a protein-rich diet will help in taking care of regular wear-and-tear of the body.

Protein boosts mass and strength

It is no secret that protein supplements are preferred for the development of a great physique, however relying on natural sources of protein can largely help stimulate muscle protein synthesis and promote & maintain muscle growth through adequate protein consumption – which also helps increase stamina and strength!

As India continues its battle against COVID-19, in his recent address to the nation Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi highlighted the importance of consuming a nutritious diet and announced September to be observed as Nutrition Month. And there could be no better time than the next 30 days to engage in serious conversations about adequate protein consumption in India’s daily diets, for overall better nutrition and long-term health of the Indian public.

Leading nutrition experts and leaders at a recent webinar called Solving India’s Protein Paradox, have asserted on the fact that a protein paradox does exists, and only increased awareness and education can drive India towards protein sufficiency.

Protein-O-Meter

The amount of protein you need depends on your weight, goals, and lifestyle. Protein-O-Meter will take your body-composition and activity level into account to estimate your protein needs. Start with the number given by the calculator, see how that makes you feel, and try adjusting your protein level up or down to see what amount makes you feel good and perform well!

Protein Index

Find out all about whole foods that are protein heroes! Achieve your fitness goals by finding out just how much protein you should incorporate to stay nourished.

Protein-O-Meter

The amount of protein you need depends on your weight, goals, and lifestyle. Protein-O-Meter will take your body-composition and activity level into account to estimate your protein needs. Start with the number given by the calculator, see how that makes you feel, and try adjusting your protein level up or down to see what amount makes you feel good and perform well!

Protein Index

Find out all about whole foods that are protein heroes! Achieve your fitness goals by finding out just how much protein you should incorporate to stay nourished.

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