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Protein Paradox

All you need to know about India’s Protein Paradox

India Protein Paradox, Protein 101
July 14, 2020

Right To Protein Team

All you need to know about India’s Protein Paradox

Protein Paradox, a 16-city study with over 2,000 mothers across India, finds key challenges in the protein intake of Indian households. From poor understanding to myths and misinformation, read on to find out the three key trends and causes that is making us eliminate protein from our daily diets:

Protein Paucity

While protein awareness exists, there is a low knowledge of protein sources which is causing poor protein consumption in Indian households. The Protein Paradox study brings forth a worrying trend of Protein Paucity in India – the lack of protein consumption in Indian homes due to poor understanding of protein as a macronutrient, leading to the elimination of protein in the daily diet.

The study shows that although 95% of Indian mothers surveyed claim to know protein as a macronutrient, only 3% of the population really understand the prominent functions of protein or why one should consume it. If we compare cities, 82% mothers residing in mini metros such as Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Hyderabad were unable to correctly associate protein with its functions and attributed low importance to protein consumption as a part of balanced meals. So, while eight out of ten mothers believe protein is “very important”, protein is not adequately included in their daily diet. This has detrimental consequences not just for the mothers’ health, but also for the health of their families as mothers tend to be the main decision-makers on food preparation in Indian households.

Protein Psych

Mighty barriers of misinformation and myths are overshadowing protein consumption in Indian homes. India’s Protein Paradox survey revealed various myths and misconceptions which dilute the importance of protein and create barriers for its inclusion in daily diets.

More than 70% of Indian mothers surveyed believe in myths that protein is difficult to digest, leads to weight gain, is only for ‘body-builders’ and is expensive to procure. Furthermore, an average more than 85% of the cohort of mothers who believe that protein leads to weight gain also agreed that they would prioritise the consumption of vitamins and carbohydrates rather than protein for themselves and their children.

Protein Pinch

Indian households reduce protein intake to a pinch amongst basic staples, as most protein sources remain unidentifiable.

While earlier findings reveal that the consumption of protein is not a priority in most households, it was even more concerning to find that most of the Indian mothers don’t know the key sources of protein. During the survey, most mothers failed to correctly identify 8 of 11 protein-rich food items presented to them. Furthermore, 81% of mothers incorrectly believe that just a regular Indian diet consisting of roti, dal, rice is enough for daily protein needs. As a result, dairy and pulses remain the primary high-protein sources of protein in majority Indian households. These beliefs, coupled with an inability to identify the correct functions and sources of protein lead to low protein consumption, despite 85% of Indian mothers believing that protein is important for health.

What next?

The solution to our current predicament outlined by the India Protein Paradox study points towards nudging a behavioural change in the people’s mindset regarding protein. This includes bridging the gap between knowledge and practice, with informed perceptions. However, it can be best accomplished through various stakeholders like government or organizational bodies, food industry, educational institutes, media, nutritionists, and other health experts coming together for the nutritional wellbeing of India’s masses.

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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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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Healthy Foods That Are Perfectly Acceptable To Be Eaten During Your Navratri Fast

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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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.

Guide To Buying Dairy Products
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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.

Protein Rich Snack
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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.

Hypoproteinemia

Hypoproteinemia: Definition, causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention

Expert Opinion
January 20, 2020

Hypoproteinemia: Definition, causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention

Hypoproteinemia is a health condition where a person has very little blood levels of protein. Proteins are the bricks of our body; an essential nutrient which is responsible for the basic structure and can be found in all parts of body including all the vitals organs, muscles, bones, hair, skin, and nails. In fact, proteins are also responsible for making molecules such as hemoglobin (essential for carrying oxygen and CO2 throughout our body), immunoglobulins (responsible for immunity) and different enzymes (responsible for several chemical reactions and digestion in the body).

Sadly, our body cannot store protein for future use like it stores fat, thus we’re dependent on daily intake of protein for smooth functioning of our body. Protein can be obtained from various food products like dairy, eggs, fish, red meat, chicken, tofu and nuts.

Deficiency of protein can lead to different health issues like slow growth, muscle loss, weak immunity, cardiac and respiratory conditions. Severe hypoproteinemia is a life-threatening situation.

Although, this condition is seen more commonly in developing or poor countries where adequate diet or awareness about the benefits of balanced diet is lacking, it can also affect people in developed countries who have certain health conditions or don’t follow a good protein-rich diet.

Symptoms of hypoproteinemia

Symptoms of Hypoproteinemia

  • Stunted growth in children
  • Loss of muscular mass
  • Swelling in limbs, face and/or other body parts due to fluid leak through circulatory system causing edema
  • Hair loss with poor, brittle hair
  • Pitting and cracking of nails
  • Recurrent infections
  • Fatigue, poor strength, and stamina

Causes of hypoproteinemia

Hypoproteinemia is caused either due to poor dietary intake, inability to absorb proteins or excessive loss from the body.

1. Malnutrition/poor dietary intake

It will lead to protein deficiency if there isn’t enough protein in your diet. This problem can be particularly more pronounced in people having vegetarian or vegan diet. Severe protein deficiency is called kwashiorkor. Kwashiorkor is more prevalent in developing countries where majority of people cannot afford a proper diet.

2. Malabsorption /poor absorption of protein from the diet

The condition where your body is unable to absorb proteins from the diet is called malabsorption. This may occur due to several reasons like:

  • Inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Defects in intestines
  • Parasitic or other infections
  • Surgeries like those involving removal of intestinal parts or weight loss surgery

3. Liver conditions

Liver is responsible for production of an important protein known as albumin, which forms up to 60% of total protein in blood. Albumin transports hormones, vitamins or other substances in the body. It’s also responsible for maintaining balance of water, thus hypoalbuminemia causes fluid retention. Any condition which hinders liver function will cause hypoalbuminemia.

4. Renal conditions

Kidneys are responsible for filtering waste from blood stream. When kidneys cannot function properly proteins are leaked into urine. This condition where protein loss occurs in urine is called proteinuria. Again, this will lead to hypoproteinemia.

Treatment of protein deficiency

Treatment of protein deficiency

When the cause of hypoproteinemia is poor dietary intake it can be treated by adding higher amounts of protein in the diet. A few good sources of protein are:

  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Red meat
  • Tofu
  • Eggs
  • Diary products like milk, cheese, yogurt
  • Legumes like pulses, soya bean, kidney beans

Good Sources of Protein

 

 

 

 

 

 

In developing countries, children suffering from kwashiorkor can be treated with RUTF (ready-to-use Therapeutic Food) made from milk powder, peanut butter, vegetable oil, sugar, added vitamins and minerals.

When hypoproteinemia occurs from other causes except poor dietary intake, the treatment of underlying cause is required:

  • Antiparasitic drugs or antibiotics are given for infections
  • Nutritional supplements given for nutrient deficiencies
  • Gluten-free diet is recommended in people with celiac disease
  • Immunosuppressants or steroids may be given to treat inflammation in intestines
  • Appropriate medication or surgery to treat liver conditions
  • Kidney transplant or dialysis to treat kidney disease

Pregnancy related hypoproteinemia

During pregnancy your body requires extra protein (along with other nutrients) to nourish your own body and the growing baby. A study (using IAAO method) recommends that average daily intake of protein should be between 79g/d in early stages to 108g/d towards full gestation.

It’s not uncommon to develop hypoproteinemia during pregnancy. The main causes are as follows:

  • Severe nausea or excessive vomiting which makes them eat less than the required amount of food
  • Strict vegetarian/vegan diet
  • Inadequate diet due to poverty

Tips To Prevent Protein Deficiency

In most cases hypoproteinemia can be prevented by taking appropriate amount of protein in the diet. The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for protein is only 0.8 per kg body weight per day. However, this RDA of protein varies from person to person with age, gender, and type of profession. There are many online calculators available using which you can calculate your recommended dietary intake of protein, e.g. Protein-O-Meter by Right To Protein, is an online tool which helps Indians, across different age-groups, track their daily protein intake and help them make necessary health improvements by providing relevant information. The protein calculator asks basic questions on an individual’s body profile, type of lifestyle and kind of meals consumed at different times during the day to calculate one’s daily protein requirements. It further calculates the individual’s protein gap and suggests protein-rich foods for daily consumption to close the dietary gap.

Vegetarian or vegan people who cannot consume non-vegetarian sources of protein should include more of the plant products which are rich in protein like:

  • Tofu
  • Almond/Soy milk
  • Tempeh
  • Beans (soy bean, kidney bean)
  • Pulses and peas
  • Nuts
  • Peanut butter
  • Whole-grain bread

Also, if you have an underlying condition causing inhibited protein uptake or excessive protein loss like renal disease, liver disease, IBD, celiac disease, infections, you must get those treated as soon as possible.

Bottomline

Hypoproteinemia is the deficiency of protein in blood. It can be caused due to poor diet, absorption problems or excessive protein loss. Hypoproteinemia can be identified with symptoms like growth retardation, muscle loss, fluid retention, hair loss, poor nails, fatigue etc. But as rightly said ‘prevention is better than cure’, to prevent Hypoproteinemia regular consumption of protein in every meal is a must. And, to treat this condition, you need to add more proteins to your diet and/or treat underlying conditions causing poor protein absorption or excessive protein loss. You should follow up with your doctor or nutritionist to get rid of the problem in the best manner possible.

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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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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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.

Guide To Buying Dairy Products
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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.

Protein Rich Snack
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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.

navratri-realistic-traditional-background_52683-44495
,

Healthy Foods That Are Perfectly Acceptable To Be Eaten During Your Navratri Fast

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.

World Food Day 2020
, ,

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.

Guide To Buying Dairy Products
, ,

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.

Protein Rich Snack
, ,

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.