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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.

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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.

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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.

MORE FROM

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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.