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Nutrition Month 2020: Driving a Nutrition-rich India with ‘Protein Report Card’

India Protein Paradox, Protein 101
September 13, 2020

Right To Protein Team

Nutrition Month 2020: Driving a Nutrition-rich India with ‘Protein Report Card’

Nutrition has taken a front seat in healthcare agendas of countries across the globe, and India is no different. While the country celebrates National Nutrition Week in September each year, in a recent announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi earmarked the entire month to be observed as ‘Poshan Maah’ or Nutrition Month nationally. Even amidst the pandemic, he asserted the need to increase nutrition awareness, especially among growing children, since mental and intellectual development is believed to be directly related to the quality of food intake. 

To give momentum to this ambitious campaign, the Right To Protein initiative launched a ‘Protein Report Card’ as a step towards addressing the gap of self-assessment and awareness, with a specific focus on protein consumption, which is significantly under debate in India. The Protein Report Card will help individuals understand their protein consumption levels and make an informed assessment of whether it is adequate or requires immediate intervention. All one needs to do is to simply log-on to the freely available Protein-O-Meter (protein calculator tool) and answer a few questions to generate a customized grade against their food habits.

 

Some people naturally eat the appropriate protein for their individual needs and maintain a healthy body through balanced nutrition. Unfortunately, these “intuitive eaters” represent only a small segment of the population, while the rest typically need help with eating right, in the form of external structure and guidance, at least temporarily. That’s why Right To Protein created Protein Report Card. The aim is to give individuals a nutrition blueprint for achieving their protein consumption goals and, at the same time, helps them develop the skills they need to eat well for life!

 

Curious to try it? Here’s what you need to do –

  1. Go to the Protein-O-Meter on our website
  2. Answer the questions when prompted. Enter your age, weight, height, lifestyle, gender & food preferences
  3. Share details of what you frequently consume for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner
  4. The Protein-O-Meter will then calculate the amount of protein you’ve received in the day based on these details and grade you on your protein consumption
  5. Save a copy of your Protein Report Card and share them on social media as you encourage friends and family to follow suit!

If you’re an individual looking to monitor your protein intake and take a step forward towards good health and adequate nutrition, this Protein Report Card will help you do just that! This tool is useful if you’re tracking your protein intake or just want to be more informed about your diet. Each personalized score allows you to understand your specific protein needs and accordingly make smarter food decisions.

So, this nutrition month, healthier food choices are just a grade away!!

 

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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World Food Day 2020: India’s Top Experts Believe Protein Deficiency Is Need Of The Hour

Every year, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations commemorates October 16, as World Food Day. This year’s theme of #ZeroHunger calls on individuals and organizations to prioritize the need to combat food insecurity and help the most vulnerable people meet their nutritional needs. However, World Food Day 2020 takes on a new meaning – to approach food security with not just the quantity of foods, but the quality, so as to strengthen food systems to sustain volatility and pull through the health crisis.

Customer in food store buy dairy products vector illustration. Family customers choosing milk food in supermarket. Consumerism of dairying product
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Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

Dairy is a ubiquitous part of food life, ever-present in both foodservice and packaged goods, whether as an end product (such as milk or yogurt) or as a critical input for various cuisines. Given its intrinsic presence, dairy is a microcosm of the food industry, with a barrage of product and prepackaged derivates available flooding the market today. It then becomes important to choose the products that provide the maximum nutritional benefits of dairy – which include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and most importantly, protein.

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The Best Protein-Rich Foods To Snack On When You’re Working From Home

Work-from-home days can sometimes be nothing more than hours of conference calls, mounting emails, deadlines and never-ending chores. Subsequently, with late breakfasts, skipped lunches and takeout dinners, healthy eating and proper nutrition take a back seat. You may have also noticed: It’s hard to resist a snack when it’s right next to you in the kitchen! While snacking is important to boost your energy and skyrocket your productivity, it all comes down to what we choose as a quick remedy for untimely hunger pangs.

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Tips And Tricks: How To Eat Healthy And Ensure Sufficient Protein Intake

With work from home (WFH), our routines have changed quite a lot over the last seven months. As we juggle work assignments, lack of house-help with chores, and other responsibilities in the same space, we barely have any extra time in hand to pre-plan our meals. With little effort and mindful eating, you can ensure you are eating an adequate amount of healthy food, especially protein that is the building blocks of our life. They fuel our bodies, repair tissues, boost metabolism, fight infections, and keep our immune system strong.

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World Food Day 2020: India’s Top Experts Believe Protein Deficiency Is Need Of The Hour

Every year, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations commemorates October 16, as World Food Day. This year’s theme of #ZeroHunger calls on individuals and organizations to prioritize the need to combat food insecurity and help the most vulnerable people meet their nutritional needs. However, World Food Day 2020 takes on a new meaning – to approach food security with not just the quantity of foods, but the quality, so as to strengthen food systems to sustain volatility and pull through the health crisis.

Customer in food store buy dairy products vector illustration. Family customers choosing milk food in supermarket. Consumerism of dairying product
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Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

Dairy is a ubiquitous part of food life, ever-present in both foodservice and packaged goods, whether as an end product (such as milk or yogurt) or as a critical input for various cuisines. Given its intrinsic presence, dairy is a microcosm of the food industry, with a barrage of product and prepackaged derivates available flooding the market today. It then becomes important to choose the products that provide the maximum nutritional benefits of dairy – which include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and most importantly, protein.

Snack product set, fast food snacks, drinks, nuts, chips, cracker, juice sandwich isolated on white background
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The Best Protein-Rich Foods To Snack On When You’re Working From Home

Work-from-home days can sometimes be nothing more than hours of conference calls, mounting emails, deadlines and never-ending chores. Subsequently, with late breakfasts, skipped lunches and takeout dinners, healthy eating and proper nutrition take a back seat. You may have also noticed: It’s hard to resist a snack when it’s right next to you in the kitchen! While snacking is important to boost your energy and skyrocket your productivity, it all comes down to what we choose as a quick remedy for untimely hunger pangs.

Sources: Freepik.com
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Tips And Tricks: How To Eat Healthy And Ensure Sufficient Protein Intake

With work from home (WFH), our routines have changed quite a lot over the last seven months. As we juggle work assignments, lack of house-help with chores, and other responsibilities in the same space, we barely have any extra time in hand to pre-plan our meals. With little effort and mindful eating, you can ensure you are eating an adequate amount of healthy food, especially protein that is the building blocks of our life. They fuel our bodies, repair tissues, boost metabolism, fight infections, and keep our immune system strong.

Nutrition Month: Where Is Protein In A Typical Indian Diet?

India Protein Paradox, Protein 101
September 8, 2020

Right To Protein Team

Nutrition Month: Where Is Protein In A Typical Indian Diet?

India’s culinary diversity is known the world over – every region, state, community, and religion has its own characteristic modification to the Indian cuisine. Some are branded by their subtle taste of unique spices or grains while others are known for the use of different fruits and vegetables that are specific to a region. When it comes to homemade meals, each household plays favorites. Don’t we love to dig into rajma chawal on a Sunday, and hate it when our moms force us to eat karela (bitter gourd) or lauki (snake gourd)? There’s also the customary practice of eating sweets after a meal, and there are always takers for that!

But as diverse as they may be, there are several commonalities that exist when it comes to the regular Indian diet – a critical one being the lack of protein consumption.

What does India eat?

Dal, roti, rice are common components of the staple Indian meal, believed to be enough to meet daily macronutrient needs. But are they enough to meet daily protein needs? Not really. But, 81% of Indian mothers incorrectly believe so. In fact, dal and pulses, which are perceived as heavy in protein content, provide only one-tenth of the average individual’s protein requirements. The Protein Paradox study also revealed that mothers overestimated the protein content in common food items such as milk, green leafy vegetables, fruits, roti, and curd which are low in their protein content. As a result, dairy and pulses remain the primary sources of protein in majority Indian households, while other foods tend to be ignored.

This misconception, when coupled with an inability to identify the correct functions and sources of protein, leads to households in India holding back protein intake to a pinch with basic staples.

From the animal-based sources, 92% of people consume milk daily and 48% consume egg, while only 34% consume other dairy products (cheese, paneer, butter, buttermilk, curd), only 25% consume seafood and only 24% consume chicken. This is a clear indication that Indian households tend to undervalue the actual sources of protein in both plant-based and animal-based diets.

What can be done to move Indian households towards protein sufficiency?

According to the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) given by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for Indians, the average Indian adult needs 0.8g-1gm per kg ideal body weight of protein, although the average dietary intake is only close to 0.6 g per kg ideal body weight.

Unfortunately, low protein consumption dominates parts of rural India. This is attested by The Food and Nutrition Security Analysis undertaken by the Government of India and The World Food Programme, which found out that in rural areas, the average protein consumption is 47.5 grams/day (lower than the ICMR norm of 48g for rural areas) and in urban areas, the average protein consumption is 47 grams/day (lower than the ICMR norm of 50g for urban areas).

These statistics highlight the need to disseminate the right information on proteins and finding appropriate solutions to encourage citizens to fulfill daily protein intake. This also serves as a starting point for the Right To Protein initiative and its overall mission to educate the people of India on the importance of proteins, champion its sufficiency and trigger a long-term behavior change among individuals and communities at all levels – starting this Nutrition Month! 

 

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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World Food Day 2020: India’s Top Experts Believe Protein Deficiency Is Need Of The Hour

Every year, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations commemorates October 16, as World Food Day. This year’s theme of #ZeroHunger calls on individuals and organizations to prioritize the need to combat food insecurity and help the most vulnerable people meet their nutritional needs. However, World Food Day 2020 takes on a new meaning – to approach food security with not just the quantity of foods, but the quality, so as to strengthen food systems to sustain volatility and pull through the health crisis.

Customer in food store buy dairy products vector illustration. Family customers choosing milk food in supermarket. Consumerism of dairying product
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Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

Dairy is a ubiquitous part of food life, ever-present in both foodservice and packaged goods, whether as an end product (such as milk or yogurt) or as a critical input for various cuisines. Given its intrinsic presence, dairy is a microcosm of the food industry, with a barrage of product and prepackaged derivates available flooding the market today. It then becomes important to choose the products that provide the maximum nutritional benefits of dairy – which include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and most importantly, protein.

Snack product set, fast food snacks, drinks, nuts, chips, cracker, juice sandwich isolated on white background
, ,

The Best Protein-Rich Foods To Snack On When You’re Working From Home

Work-from-home days can sometimes be nothing more than hours of conference calls, mounting emails, deadlines and never-ending chores. Subsequently, with late breakfasts, skipped lunches and takeout dinners, healthy eating and proper nutrition take a back seat. You may have also noticed: It’s hard to resist a snack when it’s right next to you in the kitchen! While snacking is important to boost your energy and skyrocket your productivity, it all comes down to what we choose as a quick remedy for untimely hunger pangs.

Sources: Freepik.com
, ,

Tips And Tricks: How To Eat Healthy And Ensure Sufficient Protein Intake

With work from home (WFH), our routines have changed quite a lot over the last seven months. As we juggle work assignments, lack of house-help with chores, and other responsibilities in the same space, we barely have any extra time in hand to pre-plan our meals. With little effort and mindful eating, you can ensure you are eating an adequate amount of healthy food, especially protein that is the building blocks of our life. They fuel our bodies, repair tissues, boost metabolism, fight infections, and keep our immune system strong.

hand-drawn-world-food-day_23-2148653866
, ,

World Food Day 2020: India’s Top Experts Believe Protein Deficiency Is Need Of The Hour

Every year, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations commemorates October 16, as World Food Day. This year’s theme of #ZeroHunger calls on individuals and organizations to prioritize the need to combat food insecurity and help the most vulnerable people meet their nutritional needs. However, World Food Day 2020 takes on a new meaning – to approach food security with not just the quantity of foods, but the quality, so as to strengthen food systems to sustain volatility and pull through the health crisis.

Customer in food store buy dairy products vector illustration. Family customers choosing milk food in supermarket. Consumerism of dairying product
, ,

Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

Dairy is a ubiquitous part of food life, ever-present in both foodservice and packaged goods, whether as an end product (such as milk or yogurt) or as a critical input for various cuisines. Given its intrinsic presence, dairy is a microcosm of the food industry, with a barrage of product and prepackaged derivates available flooding the market today. It then becomes important to choose the products that provide the maximum nutritional benefits of dairy – which include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and most importantly, protein.

Snack product set, fast food snacks, drinks, nuts, chips, cracker, juice sandwich isolated on white background
, ,

The Best Protein-Rich Foods To Snack On When You’re Working From Home

Work-from-home days can sometimes be nothing more than hours of conference calls, mounting emails, deadlines and never-ending chores. Subsequently, with late breakfasts, skipped lunches and takeout dinners, healthy eating and proper nutrition take a back seat. You may have also noticed: It’s hard to resist a snack when it’s right next to you in the kitchen! While snacking is important to boost your energy and skyrocket your productivity, it all comes down to what we choose as a quick remedy for untimely hunger pangs.

Sources: Freepik.com
, ,

Tips And Tricks: How To Eat Healthy And Ensure Sufficient Protein Intake

With work from home (WFH), our routines have changed quite a lot over the last seven months. As we juggle work assignments, lack of house-help with chores, and other responsibilities in the same space, we barely have any extra time in hand to pre-plan our meals. With little effort and mindful eating, you can ensure you are eating an adequate amount of healthy food, especially protein that is the building blocks of our life. They fuel our bodies, repair tissues, boost metabolism, fight infections, and keep our immune system strong.

India Home To Victims of Protein Misinformation: All You Need To Know

India Protein Paradox, Protein 101
September 1, 2020

Right To Protein Team

India Home To Victims of Protein Misinformation: All You Need To Know

In the 21st century, almost all essential information is available to us at the click of a button.  In the ’90s one would have to refer to the scores of newspaper articles and books to find reliable information. But thanks to the internet, modern-day technology has enabled us to access thousands of information sources such as websites, blogs, chat forums, videos, etc. to know more about our nutrition requirements and how to fulfill them.

Although there exists a vast amount of information, Indians continue to struggle with achieving their nutritional goals. Reports have indicated India is not likely to meet its global nutritional targets and over 70% of the urban population could be protein deficient. Infact, a 2020 Indian Consumer Market report suggested that in urban areas, beverages, refreshments, and processed foods account for the highest expenditure while protein-rich food constitutes only one-third of their food budget. Protein for overall better nutrition can be acquired through general and natural food sources available without any difficulty.

So, what could be the real challenge?

The Right To Protein initiative decided to get to the bottom of this to find out why there is a dearth of focus on protein-rich food consumption in most Indian households.

When we set out to speak to over 2000 mothers (the primary decision-makers of a household’s food intake) about protein, we were met with a shocking revelation – while 95% of Indian mothers recognized protein as a macronutrient and believed it was “very important”, only 3% really understood why they should consume it at all! Moreover, a majority could not even correctly identify more than 3 protein-rich foods from a list of 11 ingredients. The survey also highlighted that about 82% of Indian mothers with kids feel that they should focus more on vitamin and energy than proteins for their children. Meanwhile, 81% of mothers were under the belief that eating basic meals with dal, rice and roti provides adequate protein. This is evidence of the fact that in a country like India, where daily meals are carbohydrate-heavy, macronutrients like protein that have traditionally been overlooked as an important component of daily meals.

The study unveiled three main reasons that may be the cause of a decline in protein consumption in India:

Protein Paucity – One of the first findings suggested that although mothers claim to know protein, they do not understand why should people consume it Most mothers acknowledge that protein is essential, yet they don’t actively try to include protein in their diet.  Furthermore, over 90% of the mothers are not aware of Protein’s core functions such as immunity and repairing tissues.

Protein Psych – The second finding attributed the lack of protein in our diets to the misinformation surrounding protein consumption. Myths like protein are only for people who are building their bodies, or they are expensive. About 70% of mothers also believed that proteins are difficult to digest and can lead to weight gain. These are the myths that pose significant barriers when it comes to the inclusion of  protein-rich foods in daily diets

Protein Pinch – About 81% of mothers believed that the regular Indian diet of roti, dal, and rice is enough to meet the daily protein requirements. They even failed to identify 8 out of 11 sources of protein correctly. A protein pinch is created because of the lack of knowledge about the quantity and the quality of protein, that can be included in daily Indian diets.

There are many barriers that we face in adopting a nation-wide protein-rich diet. With the right message from the right people is one thing that can help deal with the problem. Spreading the correct facts are the only things that can help combat the protein deficit, and the protein paradox study is undoubtedly a step in the right direction. More of these small steps in the right advice can make a big difference towards the goal of a protein-rich diet across India.

While highlighting these problems, the study also discusses the way forward in increasing more awareness and spreading accurate information about protein consumption that will help curb misinformation and helps Indian’s work towards  achieving overall better nutrition

Ensure that 1/4 of your plate’s content should be protein during all meals you take during the day. Keep an eye out for all animal and plant-based sources of high protein and try to add them to your daily diet. Understand, based on your activities and your weight, how much protein you need to consume.

 

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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World Food Day 2020: India’s Top Experts Believe Protein Deficiency Is Need Of The Hour

Every year, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations commemorates October 16, as World Food Day. This year’s theme of #ZeroHunger calls on individuals and organizations to prioritize the need to combat food insecurity and help the most vulnerable people meet their nutritional needs. However, World Food Day 2020 takes on a new meaning – to approach food security with not just the quantity of foods, but the quality, so as to strengthen food systems to sustain volatility and pull through the health crisis.

Customer in food store buy dairy products vector illustration. Family customers choosing milk food in supermarket. Consumerism of dairying product
, ,

Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

Dairy is a ubiquitous part of food life, ever-present in both foodservice and packaged goods, whether as an end product (such as milk or yogurt) or as a critical input for various cuisines. Given its intrinsic presence, dairy is a microcosm of the food industry, with a barrage of product and prepackaged derivates available flooding the market today. It then becomes important to choose the products that provide the maximum nutritional benefits of dairy – which include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and most importantly, protein.

Snack product set, fast food snacks, drinks, nuts, chips, cracker, juice sandwich isolated on white background
, ,

The Best Protein-Rich Foods To Snack On When You’re Working From Home

Work-from-home days can sometimes be nothing more than hours of conference calls, mounting emails, deadlines and never-ending chores. Subsequently, with late breakfasts, skipped lunches and takeout dinners, healthy eating and proper nutrition take a back seat. You may have also noticed: It’s hard to resist a snack when it’s right next to you in the kitchen! While snacking is important to boost your energy and skyrocket your productivity, it all comes down to what we choose as a quick remedy for untimely hunger pangs.

Sources: Freepik.com
, ,

Tips And Tricks: How To Eat Healthy And Ensure Sufficient Protein Intake

With work from home (WFH), our routines have changed quite a lot over the last seven months. As we juggle work assignments, lack of house-help with chores, and other responsibilities in the same space, we barely have any extra time in hand to pre-plan our meals. With little effort and mindful eating, you can ensure you are eating an adequate amount of healthy food, especially protein that is the building blocks of our life. They fuel our bodies, repair tissues, boost metabolism, fight infections, and keep our immune system strong.

hand-drawn-world-food-day_23-2148653866
, ,

World Food Day 2020: India’s Top Experts Believe Protein Deficiency Is Need Of The Hour

Every year, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations commemorates October 16, as World Food Day. This year’s theme of #ZeroHunger calls on individuals and organizations to prioritize the need to combat food insecurity and help the most vulnerable people meet their nutritional needs. However, World Food Day 2020 takes on a new meaning – to approach food security with not just the quantity of foods, but the quality, so as to strengthen food systems to sustain volatility and pull through the health crisis.

Customer in food store buy dairy products vector illustration. Family customers choosing milk food in supermarket. Consumerism of dairying product
, ,

Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

Dairy is a ubiquitous part of food life, ever-present in both foodservice and packaged goods, whether as an end product (such as milk or yogurt) or as a critical input for various cuisines. Given its intrinsic presence, dairy is a microcosm of the food industry, with a barrage of product and prepackaged derivates available flooding the market today. It then becomes important to choose the products that provide the maximum nutritional benefits of dairy – which include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and most importantly, protein.

Snack product set, fast food snacks, drinks, nuts, chips, cracker, juice sandwich isolated on white background
, ,

The Best Protein-Rich Foods To Snack On When You’re Working From Home

Work-from-home days can sometimes be nothing more than hours of conference calls, mounting emails, deadlines and never-ending chores. Subsequently, with late breakfasts, skipped lunches and takeout dinners, healthy eating and proper nutrition take a back seat. You may have also noticed: It’s hard to resist a snack when it’s right next to you in the kitchen! While snacking is important to boost your energy and skyrocket your productivity, it all comes down to what we choose as a quick remedy for untimely hunger pangs.

Sources: Freepik.com
, ,

Tips And Tricks: How To Eat Healthy And Ensure Sufficient Protein Intake

With work from home (WFH), our routines have changed quite a lot over the last seven months. As we juggle work assignments, lack of house-help with chores, and other responsibilities in the same space, we barely have any extra time in hand to pre-plan our meals. With little effort and mindful eating, you can ensure you are eating an adequate amount of healthy food, especially protein that is the building blocks of our life. They fuel our bodies, repair tissues, boost metabolism, fight infections, and keep our immune system strong.

How Can the Next Generation Reverse India’s Protein Decline?

India Protein Paradox, Protein 101
September 1, 2020

How Can the Next Generation Reverse India’s Protein Decline?

Health and healthy human development form the integral components of the overall development of a nation. Measured with various indicators, India has seen considerable improvement in health status over time. However, there is still a long way to go especially shifting the paradigm from curative or palliative healthcare to preventive healthcare by working on the measures to stop the outcome of disease well before it occurs. When it comes to preventive healthcare on an individual level, factors like good nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and quality sleep play a major role. Nutrition lays down a strong foundation for the rest of the health factors to thrive.

The concept of food in India goes way beyond just fuelling the body as many traditions have been developed around food preparation and celebrating with it. One common trait is, however, over-emphasis on carbohydrates, saturated fats, high-sugar foods, and lack of protein consumption- both in terms of quantity and quality. A 2018 IPSOS study stated that 84% of Indian vegetarian and 65% of non-vegetarian diets are protein deficient. Similarly, a 2017 survey by Indian Market Research Bureau (IMRB) found that 73% of urban rich Indians are protein deficient and 93% are unaware of their daily protein requirements.

Protein Paradox– a 2020 study by Right To Protein, aims to understand and identify the practical challenges that pose as a barrier to protein consumption in India, including common myths and practices about protein. The study points towards the urgent need for driving interventions to nudge a behavioural change in the consumer mindset towards protein to bridge the protein deficiency gap.

Here’s how the next generation can take positive steps towards reversing the protein decline in Indian diet:

Awareness: Nearly 81% of the surveyed mothers in the Protein Paradox Study wrongly believed that the regular Indian diet of dal, roti, and rice is enough to fulfil daily protein requirements. Therefore, first, step to bridge the gap is all about being aware of the protein requirements. An average adult requires 0.8 to 1 grams of protein per kilograms of body weight, every day. This may somewhat vary depending on one’s medical status, physical activity levels, and lifestyle. Indians need to realize that while carbohydrates are essential and can make up for the bulk part of the diet, protein shouldn’t be overlooked too.

Knowing the Variants: Meeting your daily protein needs can be easily achieved by eating a variety of natural protein-rich foods. Each protein source holds a different profile in terms of the composition of amino acids and their proportions. Keep varying your protein sources with every meal, especially the plant protein. This will help your body pool in the nine essential amino acids (building blocks of protein) as per the daily requirement. Additional revelation while conducting the survey was: mothers could only identify 3 out of 11 foods that are rich in protein. Apart from lean meat, eggs, and dairy, protein can be obtained  from legumes, lentils, beans, peas, peanuts, nuts like almonds, pistachios, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, hemp seeds, squash and pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, sesame seed, chia seeds, whole grains like wheat, quinoa, rice, millet, oats, and buckwheat.

Protein with Every Major Meal: Make healthy protein an accompaniment with every meal for better satiety, muscle development, blood sugar control, metabolism, and better weight management. Aim to fill at least a quarter of your plate with high-quality protein sources.

Cheap/Affordable sources of Protein: A prevalent myth is that quality protein foods are expensive, leading to ignoring protein from their food expense budget. Not all quality protein food sources are expensive! Plant-based protein sources like pulseslegumes, nuts, and soy are affordable and quality protein sources. Peanut butter, amaranth, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, are other affordable and quality sources too. Eggs may also fall into this category being affordable, widely available, and high-value protein sources.

Your body needs protein for many vital functions and it cannot store protein in any form, which means you need to fulfill the recommended protein requirements every day to match the needs and bridge the protein gap in longer run.

(Nmami Agarwal is nutritionist at Nmami Life)

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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World Food Day 2020: India’s Top Experts Believe Protein Deficiency Is Need Of The Hour

Every year, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations commemorates October 16, as World Food Day. This year’s theme of #ZeroHunger calls on individuals and organizations to prioritize the need to combat food insecurity and help the most vulnerable people meet their nutritional needs. However, World Food Day 2020 takes on a new meaning – to approach food security with not just the quantity of foods, but the quality, so as to strengthen food systems to sustain volatility and pull through the health crisis.

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Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

Dairy is a ubiquitous part of food life, ever-present in both foodservice and packaged goods, whether as an end product (such as milk or yogurt) or as a critical input for various cuisines. Given its intrinsic presence, dairy is a microcosm of the food industry, with a barrage of product and prepackaged derivates available flooding the market today. It then becomes important to choose the products that provide the maximum nutritional benefits of dairy – which include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and most importantly, protein.

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The Best Protein-Rich Foods To Snack On When You’re Working From Home

Work-from-home days can sometimes be nothing more than hours of conference calls, mounting emails, deadlines and never-ending chores. Subsequently, with late breakfasts, skipped lunches and takeout dinners, healthy eating and proper nutrition take a back seat. You may have also noticed: It’s hard to resist a snack when it’s right next to you in the kitchen! While snacking is important to boost your energy and skyrocket your productivity, it all comes down to what we choose as a quick remedy for untimely hunger pangs.

Sources: Freepik.com
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Tips And Tricks: How To Eat Healthy And Ensure Sufficient Protein Intake

With work from home (WFH), our routines have changed quite a lot over the last seven months. As we juggle work assignments, lack of house-help with chores, and other responsibilities in the same space, we barely have any extra time in hand to pre-plan our meals. With little effort and mindful eating, you can ensure you are eating an adequate amount of healthy food, especially protein that is the building blocks of our life. They fuel our bodies, repair tissues, boost metabolism, fight infections, and keep our immune system strong.

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World Food Day 2020: India’s Top Experts Believe Protein Deficiency Is Need Of The Hour

Every year, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations commemorates October 16, as World Food Day. This year’s theme of #ZeroHunger calls on individuals and organizations to prioritize the need to combat food insecurity and help the most vulnerable people meet their nutritional needs. However, World Food Day 2020 takes on a new meaning – to approach food security with not just the quantity of foods, but the quality, so as to strengthen food systems to sustain volatility and pull through the health crisis.

Customer in food store buy dairy products vector illustration. Family customers choosing milk food in supermarket. Consumerism of dairying product
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Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

Dairy is a ubiquitous part of food life, ever-present in both foodservice and packaged goods, whether as an end product (such as milk or yogurt) or as a critical input for various cuisines. Given its intrinsic presence, dairy is a microcosm of the food industry, with a barrage of product and prepackaged derivates available flooding the market today. It then becomes important to choose the products that provide the maximum nutritional benefits of dairy – which include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and most importantly, protein.

Snack product set, fast food snacks, drinks, nuts, chips, cracker, juice sandwich isolated on white background
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The Best Protein-Rich Foods To Snack On When You’re Working From Home

Work-from-home days can sometimes be nothing more than hours of conference calls, mounting emails, deadlines and never-ending chores. Subsequently, with late breakfasts, skipped lunches and takeout dinners, healthy eating and proper nutrition take a back seat. You may have also noticed: It’s hard to resist a snack when it’s right next to you in the kitchen! While snacking is important to boost your energy and skyrocket your productivity, it all comes down to what we choose as a quick remedy for untimely hunger pangs.

Sources: Freepik.com
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Tips And Tricks: How To Eat Healthy And Ensure Sufficient Protein Intake

With work from home (WFH), our routines have changed quite a lot over the last seven months. As we juggle work assignments, lack of house-help with chores, and other responsibilities in the same space, we barely have any extra time in hand to pre-plan our meals. With little effort and mindful eating, you can ensure you are eating an adequate amount of healthy food, especially protein that is the building blocks of our life. They fuel our bodies, repair tissues, boost metabolism, fight infections, and keep our immune system strong.

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

India Protein Paradox, Protein 101
September 1, 2020

Right To Protein Team

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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World Food Day 2020: India’s Top Experts Believe Protein Deficiency Is Need Of The Hour

Every year, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations commemorates October 16, as World Food Day. This year’s theme of #ZeroHunger calls on individuals and organizations to prioritize the need to combat food insecurity and help the most vulnerable people meet their nutritional needs. However, World Food Day 2020 takes on a new meaning – to approach food security with not just the quantity of foods, but the quality, so as to strengthen food systems to sustain volatility and pull through the health crisis.

Customer in food store buy dairy products vector illustration. Family customers choosing milk food in supermarket. Consumerism of dairying product
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Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

Dairy is a ubiquitous part of food life, ever-present in both foodservice and packaged goods, whether as an end product (such as milk or yogurt) or as a critical input for various cuisines. Given its intrinsic presence, dairy is a microcosm of the food industry, with a barrage of product and prepackaged derivates available flooding the market today. It then becomes important to choose the products that provide the maximum nutritional benefits of dairy – which include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and most importantly, protein.

Snack product set, fast food snacks, drinks, nuts, chips, cracker, juice sandwich isolated on white background
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The Best Protein-Rich Foods To Snack On When You’re Working From Home

Work-from-home days can sometimes be nothing more than hours of conference calls, mounting emails, deadlines and never-ending chores. Subsequently, with late breakfasts, skipped lunches and takeout dinners, healthy eating and proper nutrition take a back seat. You may have also noticed: It’s hard to resist a snack when it’s right next to you in the kitchen! While snacking is important to boost your energy and skyrocket your productivity, it all comes down to what we choose as a quick remedy for untimely hunger pangs.

Sources: Freepik.com
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Tips And Tricks: How To Eat Healthy And Ensure Sufficient Protein Intake

With work from home (WFH), our routines have changed quite a lot over the last seven months. As we juggle work assignments, lack of house-help with chores, and other responsibilities in the same space, we barely have any extra time in hand to pre-plan our meals. With little effort and mindful eating, you can ensure you are eating an adequate amount of healthy food, especially protein that is the building blocks of our life. They fuel our bodies, repair tissues, boost metabolism, fight infections, and keep our immune system strong.

hand-drawn-world-food-day_23-2148653866
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World Food Day 2020: India’s Top Experts Believe Protein Deficiency Is Need Of The Hour

Every year, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations commemorates October 16, as World Food Day. This year’s theme of #ZeroHunger calls on individuals and organizations to prioritize the need to combat food insecurity and help the most vulnerable people meet their nutritional needs. However, World Food Day 2020 takes on a new meaning – to approach food security with not just the quantity of foods, but the quality, so as to strengthen food systems to sustain volatility and pull through the health crisis.

Customer in food store buy dairy products vector illustration. Family customers choosing milk food in supermarket. Consumerism of dairying product
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Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

Dairy is a ubiquitous part of food life, ever-present in both foodservice and packaged goods, whether as an end product (such as milk or yogurt) or as a critical input for various cuisines. Given its intrinsic presence, dairy is a microcosm of the food industry, with a barrage of product and prepackaged derivates available flooding the market today. It then becomes important to choose the products that provide the maximum nutritional benefits of dairy – which include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and most importantly, protein.

Snack product set, fast food snacks, drinks, nuts, chips, cracker, juice sandwich isolated on white background
, ,

The Best Protein-Rich Foods To Snack On When You’re Working From Home

Work-from-home days can sometimes be nothing more than hours of conference calls, mounting emails, deadlines and never-ending chores. Subsequently, with late breakfasts, skipped lunches and takeout dinners, healthy eating and proper nutrition take a back seat. You may have also noticed: It’s hard to resist a snack when it’s right next to you in the kitchen! While snacking is important to boost your energy and skyrocket your productivity, it all comes down to what we choose as a quick remedy for untimely hunger pangs.

Sources: Freepik.com
, ,

Tips And Tricks: How To Eat Healthy And Ensure Sufficient Protein Intake

With work from home (WFH), our routines have changed quite a lot over the last seven months. As we juggle work assignments, lack of house-help with chores, and other responsibilities in the same space, we barely have any extra time in hand to pre-plan our meals. With little effort and mindful eating, you can ensure you are eating an adequate amount of healthy food, especially protein that is the building blocks of our life. They fuel our bodies, repair tissues, boost metabolism, fight infections, and keep our immune system strong.

International Yoga Day 2020: Foods To Eat Post Your Yoga Session

International Yoga Day 2020: Foods To Eat Post Your Yoga Session

Coronavirus, Fitness
June 21, 2020

Right To Protein Team

International Yoga Day 2020: Foods To Eat Post Your Yoga Session

In the last few years, Yoga has been popularized as a great exercise for the mind, body, and soul for all. A combination of asanas or poses are aimed at strengthening the body and keeping it agile, while mental techniques such as breathing exercises and meditation, helps in keeping stress at bay.

Today, yoga is practiced in various forms around the world and it continues to grow its popularity. Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga, and it continues to be celebrated every year.

While practicing yoga is beneficial for health, it is also important to have the right kind of food, post an intense yoga session. While practicing yoga is important to keep our body flexible and in shape. It is equally important to choose the right kind of food we intake for post our workout. One should balance their diet post-yoga with the combination of nutrients like fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.

What to Eat after a Yoga session:

  • Include protein-rich foods

After a revitalizing session on the mat, do not overkill your body with a heavy meal. Instead, opt for protein-rich foods like eggs, lean meat, yogurt, and nuts, since they’re low in fat and cholesterol. An ideal time recommended to eat post workout is after 45 minutes of your yoga session. These foods will refuel your body and help your muscles recover and become stronger, even after you’re done exercising! And if you are confused about what to include in your post yoga diet, Protein Index is here for the help. Make yourself a light sandwich with a nutritious filling of eggs or chicken and enjoy a quick bite!

  • Focus on Fruits

Fruit is one of the best things to consume after intense yoga. It’s loaded with simple carbohydrates, electrolytes, water and vitamins that will hydrate and nurture you, and replenish your body! Watermelons are a great choice – they are primarily made up of water and help keep dehydration and hunger under check. Bananas are equally beneficial – they are a natural source of energy and contain carbohydrates that easily get converted into energy to re-energies you post your workout.

  • Hydrate your body

Drink water 30 minutes after you have exercised to replenish the electrolytes you may have lost during your yoga session. And if you find water boring, you could also go for coconut water or even fruit smoothies that are light and easy to digest. They do not put any extra pressure on your system after yoga!

Follow these tips and enjoy a boost of nutrition and health, even hours after your yoga session!

 

 

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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World Food Day 2020: India’s Top Experts Believe Protein Deficiency Is Need Of The Hour

Every year, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations commemorates October 16, as World Food Day. This year’s theme of #ZeroHunger calls on individuals and organizations to prioritize the need to combat food insecurity and help the most vulnerable people meet their nutritional needs. However, World Food Day 2020 takes on a new meaning – to approach food security with not just the quantity of foods, but the quality, so as to strengthen food systems to sustain volatility and pull through the health crisis.

Customer in food store buy dairy products vector illustration. Family customers choosing milk food in supermarket. Consumerism of dairying product
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Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

Dairy is a ubiquitous part of food life, ever-present in both foodservice and packaged goods, whether as an end product (such as milk or yogurt) or as a critical input for various cuisines. Given its intrinsic presence, dairy is a microcosm of the food industry, with a barrage of product and prepackaged derivates available flooding the market today. It then becomes important to choose the products that provide the maximum nutritional benefits of dairy – which include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and most importantly, protein.

Snack product set, fast food snacks, drinks, nuts, chips, cracker, juice sandwich isolated on white background
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The Best Protein-Rich Foods To Snack On When You’re Working From Home

Work-from-home days can sometimes be nothing more than hours of conference calls, mounting emails, deadlines and never-ending chores. Subsequently, with late breakfasts, skipped lunches and takeout dinners, healthy eating and proper nutrition take a back seat. You may have also noticed: It’s hard to resist a snack when it’s right next to you in the kitchen! While snacking is important to boost your energy and skyrocket your productivity, it all comes down to what we choose as a quick remedy for untimely hunger pangs.

Sources: Freepik.com
, ,

Tips And Tricks: How To Eat Healthy And Ensure Sufficient Protein Intake

With work from home (WFH), our routines have changed quite a lot over the last seven months. As we juggle work assignments, lack of house-help with chores, and other responsibilities in the same space, we barely have any extra time in hand to pre-plan our meals. With little effort and mindful eating, you can ensure you are eating an adequate amount of healthy food, especially protein that is the building blocks of our life. They fuel our bodies, repair tissues, boost metabolism, fight infections, and keep our immune system strong.

hand-drawn-world-food-day_23-2148653866
, ,

World Food Day 2020: India’s Top Experts Believe Protein Deficiency Is Need Of The Hour

Every year, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations commemorates October 16, as World Food Day. This year’s theme of #ZeroHunger calls on individuals and organizations to prioritize the need to combat food insecurity and help the most vulnerable people meet their nutritional needs. However, World Food Day 2020 takes on a new meaning – to approach food security with not just the quantity of foods, but the quality, so as to strengthen food systems to sustain volatility and pull through the health crisis.

Customer in food store buy dairy products vector illustration. Family customers choosing milk food in supermarket. Consumerism of dairying product
, ,

Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

Dairy is a ubiquitous part of food life, ever-present in both foodservice and packaged goods, whether as an end product (such as milk or yogurt) or as a critical input for various cuisines. Given its intrinsic presence, dairy is a microcosm of the food industry, with a barrage of product and prepackaged derivates available flooding the market today. It then becomes important to choose the products that provide the maximum nutritional benefits of dairy – which include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and most importantly, protein.

Snack product set, fast food snacks, drinks, nuts, chips, cracker, juice sandwich isolated on white background
, ,

The Best Protein-Rich Foods To Snack On When You’re Working From Home

Work-from-home days can sometimes be nothing more than hours of conference calls, mounting emails, deadlines and never-ending chores. Subsequently, with late breakfasts, skipped lunches and takeout dinners, healthy eating and proper nutrition take a back seat. You may have also noticed: It’s hard to resist a snack when it’s right next to you in the kitchen! While snacking is important to boost your energy and skyrocket your productivity, it all comes down to what we choose as a quick remedy for untimely hunger pangs.

Sources: Freepik.com
, ,

Tips And Tricks: How To Eat Healthy And Ensure Sufficient Protein Intake

With work from home (WFH), our routines have changed quite a lot over the last seven months. As we juggle work assignments, lack of house-help with chores, and other responsibilities in the same space, we barely have any extra time in hand to pre-plan our meals. With little effort and mindful eating, you can ensure you are eating an adequate amount of healthy food, especially protein that is the building blocks of our life. They fuel our bodies, repair tissues, boost metabolism, fight infections, and keep our immune system strong.

Father’s Day 2020: 4 high-protein hearty meals

Father’s Day 2020: 4 high-protein hearty meals for a special day at home with dad!

Coronavirus, Diets And Recipes
June 20, 2020

Right To Protein Team

Father’s Day 2020: 4 high-protein hearty meals for a special day at home with dad!

With social distancing in order, this year’s Father’s Day celebration will certainly be one-of-a-kind. Nonetheless it should be celebrated and made memorable with the same enthusiasm. Since dinner at a fancy restaurant or ordering-in is off the table for many of us, it’s time to get creative and surprise your dad with hearty home-cooked meals to make him feel special! Here are four recipe ideas to get you started –

Breakfast: Shakshuka

On this special occasion, skip the regular omelette or scrambled eggs and indulge your father with a skillet of shakshuka, a dish that is popular in many Mediterranean cultures. All you need to do is sauté onion, garlic and cumin in a little oil. Add chopped tomatoes, salt, a little water to soften the mixture and let it cook. Then, create four holes in the gravy with your spatula and gently crack four eggs into them. Cover the skillet till the eggs are poached and serve hot with bread. You can make this dish even healthier by adding spinach.

Lunch: Soya Biryani

Does your father miss those idyllic lazy Sunday lunches of biryani that he relished as a kid? Take him on a trip down memory lane by cooking a delicious biryani, using the same techniques and spices as the regular version, but replace meat with protein-packed soya chunks. This recipe will also take care your father’s protein needs, helping him build immunity during this time. Whip up his favourite version of raita to complete the meal.

Snack: Sprouts and Seeds Bhel

Your dad may scrunch up his nose at the sight of sprouts or super-foods like chia seeds, but here’s your chance to make him fall in love with them. Toss up a fun bhel with sprouts and a handful mix of seeds such as pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and flax seeds. Snacking on this dish with a cup of tea over a game of carrom, is a great way to bond with your father. With all the energy from this protein-packed dish, he’s sure to win the game!

Dinner: Grilled Chicken

The monsoon season may not be a good time to fire up an outdoor barbeque for your dad, but the next best thing would be to grill chicken at home. Opt for chicken breast as it is low in calories but high in protein. You can marinate it in barbeque, black pepper or any other sauce that your father enjoys. Add tossed veggies and baked potato on the side.

To fathers, no extravagant gift can compare to the joy of having his favorite meals, lovingly prepared by his family. This Father’s Day is the perfect occasion to bond with your dad over delicious food and endless conversations!

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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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World Food Day 2020: India’s Top Experts Believe Protein Deficiency Is Need Of The Hour

Every year, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations commemorates October 16, as World Food Day. This year’s theme of #ZeroHunger calls on individuals and organizations to prioritize the need to combat food insecurity and help the most vulnerable people meet their nutritional needs. However, World Food Day 2020 takes on a new meaning – to approach food security with not just the quantity of foods, but the quality, so as to strengthen food systems to sustain volatility and pull through the health crisis.

Customer in food store buy dairy products vector illustration. Family customers choosing milk food in supermarket. Consumerism of dairying product
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Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

Dairy is a ubiquitous part of food life, ever-present in both foodservice and packaged goods, whether as an end product (such as milk or yogurt) or as a critical input for various cuisines. Given its intrinsic presence, dairy is a microcosm of the food industry, with a barrage of product and prepackaged derivates available flooding the market today. It then becomes important to choose the products that provide the maximum nutritional benefits of dairy – which include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and most importantly, protein.

Snack product set, fast food snacks, drinks, nuts, chips, cracker, juice sandwich isolated on white background
, ,

The Best Protein-Rich Foods To Snack On When You’re Working From Home

Work-from-home days can sometimes be nothing more than hours of conference calls, mounting emails, deadlines and never-ending chores. Subsequently, with late breakfasts, skipped lunches and takeout dinners, healthy eating and proper nutrition take a back seat. You may have also noticed: It’s hard to resist a snack when it’s right next to you in the kitchen! While snacking is important to boost your energy and skyrocket your productivity, it all comes down to what we choose as a quick remedy for untimely hunger pangs.

Sources: Freepik.com
, ,

Tips And Tricks: How To Eat Healthy And Ensure Sufficient Protein Intake

With work from home (WFH), our routines have changed quite a lot over the last seven months. As we juggle work assignments, lack of house-help with chores, and other responsibilities in the same space, we barely have any extra time in hand to pre-plan our meals. With little effort and mindful eating, you can ensure you are eating an adequate amount of healthy food, especially protein that is the building blocks of our life. They fuel our bodies, repair tissues, boost metabolism, fight infections, and keep our immune system strong.

hand-drawn-world-food-day_23-2148653866
, ,

World Food Day 2020: India’s Top Experts Believe Protein Deficiency Is Need Of The Hour

Every year, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations commemorates October 16, as World Food Day. This year’s theme of #ZeroHunger calls on individuals and organizations to prioritize the need to combat food insecurity and help the most vulnerable people meet their nutritional needs. However, World Food Day 2020 takes on a new meaning – to approach food security with not just the quantity of foods, but the quality, so as to strengthen food systems to sustain volatility and pull through the health crisis.

Customer in food store buy dairy products vector illustration. Family customers choosing milk food in supermarket. Consumerism of dairying product
, ,

Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

Dairy is a ubiquitous part of food life, ever-present in both foodservice and packaged goods, whether as an end product (such as milk or yogurt) or as a critical input for various cuisines. Given its intrinsic presence, dairy is a microcosm of the food industry, with a barrage of product and prepackaged derivates available flooding the market today. It then becomes important to choose the products that provide the maximum nutritional benefits of dairy – which include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and most importantly, protein.

Snack product set, fast food snacks, drinks, nuts, chips, cracker, juice sandwich isolated on white background
, ,

The Best Protein-Rich Foods To Snack On When You’re Working From Home

Work-from-home days can sometimes be nothing more than hours of conference calls, mounting emails, deadlines and never-ending chores. Subsequently, with late breakfasts, skipped lunches and takeout dinners, healthy eating and proper nutrition take a back seat. You may have also noticed: It’s hard to resist a snack when it’s right next to you in the kitchen! While snacking is important to boost your energy and skyrocket your productivity, it all comes down to what we choose as a quick remedy for untimely hunger pangs.

Sources: Freepik.com
, ,

Tips And Tricks: How To Eat Healthy And Ensure Sufficient Protein Intake

With work from home (WFH), our routines have changed quite a lot over the last seven months. As we juggle work assignments, lack of house-help with chores, and other responsibilities in the same space, we barely have any extra time in hand to pre-plan our meals. With little effort and mindful eating, you can ensure you are eating an adequate amount of healthy food, especially protein that is the building blocks of our life. They fuel our bodies, repair tissues, boost metabolism, fight infections, and keep our immune system strong.

Steps To Build Immunity For Older People During Pandemic

Steps To Build Immunity For Older Groups Of People During This Difficult Period

Coronavirus, Fitness
June 16, 2020

Right To Protein Team

Steps To Build Immunity For Older Groups Of People During This Difficult Period

Immunity has become the new buzzword, ever since the Covid-19 pandemic took over the world a few months back. Your immune system is responsible for fighting infections and illness, so that you stay healthy. But as age progresses, it gets difficult for the body to fight off a cold or flu, making us more susceptible to infections and health issues. In addition to this the vaccines against certain infections might be slightly less effective.

In the time of Covid-19, older people with pre-existing medical conditions are at high risk, which is why it is critical to keep both cardiovascular and insulin systems healthy.

Let’s get this straight – immunity can’t be built in a day, but your actions today can have a lasting impact tomorrow.

Eat a healthy diet

Eating a healthy, nutrient-rich diet is a great way to boost your immune system so that it can fight off viruses. This includes eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, which contain vitamins and antioxidants to promote good health.

Apart from vitamins, it is also advisable to fill 1/4th of your meal with proteins, a nutrient that is vital to build and repair body tissue and fight viral and bacterial infections. Too little protein in the diet may lead to symptoms of weakness, fatigue, and poor immunity.

Eggs and pulses are good sources of protein however if you vegetarian & still confused how you can include more proteins in your diet, try out the protein-o-meter, which suggests the amount of protein is required by your body in a day.

Try and reduce your intake of sugar, fat, and processed foods, and go for lean meats.

Move your body

Make sure you get some physical activity every day, especially since it helps with boosting the production of immune system cells and lowers inflammation in your body. According to the CDC, getting at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week, and two sessions of muscle-strengthening activities is important.

As you grow older, it may be difficult to do vigorous exercises, but you can also go for regular walks or do yoga. Yoga is one of the most effective and time-tested natural immunity boosters that can lead to a healthy, sickness-free body.

Getting enough Sleep

Research suggests that people who don’t sleep well face inflammation in their bodies. As you age, it gets increasingly difficult to sleep, especially if you are fighting infection and illness.  At this point, sleep becomes more important as it helps to improve brain function, concentration, and memory.

The time to wake up and sleep may change, but it is important to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily. Try and avoid caffeine late in the day, and do not have water at least an hour and a half before bedtime.

Wash your hands

Washing your hands is another good practice that can help you stay protected and build immunity.  The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water before and after preparing and eating food, and after touching someone who is sick, washing the toilet, or even blowing your nose. Be sure to wash for 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer if you don’t have soap and water handy.

The bottom line

Several factors are responsible for building a strong immune system. And, this is a long-term process of building immunity, doesn’t happen overnight and it’s not just dependent alone on diet, but a multitude of factors involved. But it is always about taking the first step towards a healthy lifestyle, isn’t it?

Consume a variety of fruits, green vegetables, and protein rich foods throughout the week rather than having same foods every day. This will ensure you get the right nutrients that help in building a strong immune system. Move your body, get a good night’s sleep, and wash your hands regularly.

Take small steps towards a healthy lifestyle that can be sustained in the long run! As we know, Prevention is better than cure – you are not preparing for this pandemic, but the next one!

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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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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