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Top 3 High-Protein Rich Recipes For Both Vegetarian And Non-Vegetarian Groups

India Protein Paradox
September 23, 2020

Right To Protein Team

Top 3 High-Protein Rich Recipes For Both Vegetarian And Non-Vegetarian Groups

Whether one tries to eat healthier, or fuel up their body for long hours, or tries to increase their immunity to fight this pandemic, all the above have one thing in common and that is consuming protein will help them achieve all the above.  Hence, it’s smart to be sure your family is consuming enough of protein, AKA: the building block of our body, which helps our body build and repair tissues.

If you’re planning your weekly menu and confused about the dishes to include, or thinking about eating something healthy, in less time we’ve got you covered. Take a look at the below protein-rich recipes that can be made using easily accessible food sources that are sure to please your taste buds too.

Soya Chaap 

Main Ingredient: Soy

This dish is packed with the goodness of soya, which constitutes as much as 52gm of protein (per 100g serving) and is one of the best sources of plant-based protein, that can be enjoyed by both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Serves: 2 people

Ingredients:

1/2 cup soya beans soaked overnight

1/2 cup soya chunks

1 cup all-purpose flour

Salt to taste

Water

Method:

  1. Drain and grind soaked soya beans into a fine paste.
  2. Cook soya chunks in boiling water till soft. Transfer to a cold water bowl for five minutes.
  3. Squeeze excess water and blend them into a paste.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine both pastes, all-purpose flour, and salt. Knead the mix into a soft dough using water as required.
  5. Roll the dough into chapati-like discs and cut long, wide strips.
  6. Wrap each on a popsicle stick. Cook them in a pot of boiling water and then, allow them to cool in an ice water bowl.
  7. Marinate and grill the chaaps as a tandoori treat or add them in curries of your choice.

Paneer Tikka Wrap

Main Ingredient: Paneer

Indulge in a healthy wrap stuffed with soft and creamy paneer, which is not only a great source of protein (18.3gm per 100gm serving) but also rich in vitamin B and calcium, helping bones get stronger and reducing the risk of heart ailments.

Prep Time: 60 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 2 people

Ingredients:

1 bowl of paneer cubes

½ cup hung curd whisked

1 tsp ginger-garlic paste

1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves

¾ tsp garam masala

¼ tsp cumin powder

½ tsp coriander powder

¼ tsp turmeric powder

½ tsp red chilli powder

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp gram flour

1 cup whole-wheat flour

Oil

Salt

Water

Method:

  1. Combine curd with dry spice powders, ginger-garlic paste, gram flour, lemon juice, salt, and 1 tsp oil. Adjust masalas as per taste.
  2. Mix the paneer cubes gently. Marinate for an hour.
  3. Combine flour, oil, salt, and water to knead the dough.
  4. Roll out thin roti’s and cook on both sides with little oil.
  5. Skewer marinated paneer and grill in the oven or on a non-stick pan.
  6. To assemble the wrap, line paneer tikka along the roti’s center, add onion rings and chaat masala (optional), and fold both sides.
  7. Serve hot with mint chutney.

Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani

Main Ingredient: Chicken

Lighter than its mutton version, this dish is not only full of flavor but also a protein-rich meal because chicken contains high-quality amino acids along with other nutrients such as vitamin B12, zinc, and iron.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 30-40 minutes

Servings: 2-3 people

Ingredients:

2 cups (500gm) chicken

½ cup thick curd whisked

1½ tbsp coriander leaves chopped

½ cup mint leaves chopped

1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

3 green chillies slit

1 tsp red chilli powder

¼ tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp biryani masala

½ cup onion finely sliced and fried

A pinch of saffron soaked in lukewarm milk

1½ cup rice half-cooked

2 tbsp ghee

3 tbsp oil

Salt

Method:

  1. Mix curd with ginger-garlic paste, dry spice powders, mint, coriander, green chillies, half of the fried onion, and salt. Check salt and spice levels before adding the meat. Marinate for half an hour.
  2. In a deep bottom vessel, heat 2 tbsp oil, and 1 tbsp ghee. Add marinated chicken and cook for three-five minutes.
  3. Layer the meat with half-cooked rice. Sprinkle remaining mint leaves, fried onion, saffron milk, and ghee.
  4. Cover with a lid and use the dough to seal its sides (optional). Cook for 30 minutes.
  5. For an extra protein punch, add boiled eggs and serve hot with raita.

With these recipes, you can not only enjoy delicious food at home but also, get a chance to score Grade A in our Protein Report Card, an initiative that helps you self-assess your protein intake and gives you a grade of where you current consumption of protein falls.

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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All You Need To Know About The India Protein Score

This first-of-its-kind report rates protein content in pre-packaged foods available in India on a scale of 1 to 5 and is designed to guide consumers in purchasing what is good for them. LabelBlind® studied the food labels and nutrition data of over 6,100 prepackaged food & beverage products to identify which ‘high protein’ options can best ensure that consumers are able to meet their Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of protein as outlined by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

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Carbs over Protein: Why Indian mothers could be making risky choices

The traditional Indian diet is a vibrant one, with various food groups coming together to serve as a satisfying meal. But with the growing sedentary lifestyles, the traditional diet can be harmful in the long run. While our mothers often modified meals to ensure proper nutrition, they accidentally cut the wrong corners. While our quantity of carbohydrate-rich rotis and parathas was on the rise, our consumption of plant and animal-based protein like the curd, millets, soy or meat took a massive dip.

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Why Protein Is Important In A PCOS Diet?

The traditional Indian diet is a vibrant one, with various food groups coming together to serve as a satisfying meal. But with the growing sedentary lifestyles, the traditional diet can be harmful in the long run. While our mothers often modified meals to ensure proper nutrition, they accidentally cut the wrong corners. While our quantity of carbohydrate-rich rotis and parathas was on the rise, our consumption of plant and animal-based protein like the curd, millets, soy or meat took a massive dip.

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

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All You Need To Know About The India Protein Score

This first-of-its-kind report rates protein content in pre-packaged foods available in India on a scale of 1 to 5 and is designed to guide consumers in purchasing what is good for them. LabelBlind® studied the food labels and nutrition data of over 6,100 prepackaged food & beverage products to identify which ‘high protein’ options can best ensure that consumers are able to meet their Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of protein as outlined by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

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Carbs over Protein: Why Indian mothers could be making risky choices

The traditional Indian diet is a vibrant one, with various food groups coming together to serve as a satisfying meal. But with the growing sedentary lifestyles, the traditional diet can be harmful in the long run. While our mothers often modified meals to ensure proper nutrition, they accidentally cut the wrong corners. While our quantity of carbohydrate-rich rotis and parathas was on the rise, our consumption of plant and animal-based protein like the curd, millets, soy or meat took a massive dip.

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Why Protein Is Important In A PCOS Diet?

The traditional Indian diet is a vibrant one, with various food groups coming together to serve as a satisfying meal. But with the growing sedentary lifestyles, the traditional diet can be harmful in the long run. While our mothers often modified meals to ensure proper nutrition, they accidentally cut the wrong corners. While our quantity of carbohydrate-rich rotis and parathas was on the rise, our consumption of plant and animal-based protein like the curd, millets, soy or meat took a massive dip.

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

India’s culinary diversity is known the world over – every region, state, community, and religion have 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.

All You Need To Know About The India Protein Score

India Protein Paradox, India Protein Score
September 21, 2020

Right To Protein Team

All You Need To Know About The India Protein Score

With Indians now moving towards healthier and active lifestyles, the momentum behind healthy eating has been getting stronger. But, for anyone juggling a busy schedule, finding the time and energy to prepare meals from scratch can be near impossible. Enter: pre-packaged foods.

Pre-packaged foods are often criticized for their long ingredient lists, trans fats, and sodium, but not all are created equal. There are healthier options available in the market – ones with high protein and healthy fats and without artificial additives – that can supplement the use of whole foods. To ensure that you’re selecting a product that is health-supportive and meets your nutrition goals, the first step is to start reading food labels.

For most shoppers, it may be challenging to decipher if the product actually meets their dietary needs. This is a big cause for concern for both consumers and brands, especially if the decision to purchase certain foods is done with specific diets and health requirements in mind – as in the case of protein. This is why Right To Protein partnered with LabelBlind®, India’s first food rating system to develop the India Protein Score – a handy guide that can help consumers identify high protein pre-packaged food and beverages available in the market to make informed, healthier choices!

What is the India Protein Score?

This first-of-its-kind report rates protein content in pre-packaged foods available in India on a scale of 1 to 5 and is designed to guide consumers in purchasing what is good for them. LabelBlind® studied the food labels and nutrition data of over 6,100 prepackaged food & beverage products to identify which ‘high protein’ options can best ensure that consumers are able to meet their Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of protein as outlined by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

So, if you are in a constant battle with yourself to pick between two popular brands of your favorite food, make a selection based on its Protein Score!

The report features products from over 150 brands available in your local supermarket, across 18 categories that include whole grains, atta, savory snacks, dairy and dairy products, soy products, ready-to-eat meals, bread, breakfast cereals, and nut butter among others. If the brands that you purchase are a part of this report, you’re on the right track to becoming protein sufficient.

Why do you need it? 

The Indian Consumer Market 2020 report revealed that in urban areas, beverages, refreshments, and processed foods account for the highest monthly expenditure, while rural households spend the most on cereals; Indians spend only one-third of their food budgets on protein-rich foods. Additionally, the Protein Paradox study also revealed that the majority mothers (the food purchase decision-makers of most Indian households) are unable to correctly identify more than 3 out of 11 protein-rich products and instead, incorrectly believe that the basic Indian diet consisting of just roti, dal and rice is enough to meet her family’s daily protein needs. As a result, Indian households hold back protein intake to a pinch with basic staples, as most protein sources remain unidentifiable.

The India Protein Score then becomes one possible solution to ensuring consumers do not overlook protein-rich foods due to lack of knowledge and understanding.

The last word

Adopting a healthy, protein-rich diet starts with knowing its Protein Score. Making this your go-to guide will help you exercise your Right To Protein!

To download the complete report, visit Right To Protein

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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Carbs over Protein: Why Indian mothers could be making risky choices

The traditional Indian diet is a vibrant one, with various food groups coming together to serve as a satisfying meal. But with the growing sedentary lifestyles, the traditional diet can be harmful in the long run. While our mothers often modified meals to ensure proper nutrition, they accidentally cut the wrong corners. While our quantity of carbohydrate-rich rotis and parathas was on the rise, our consumption of plant and animal-based protein like the curd, millets, soy or meat took a massive dip.

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Why Protein Is Important In A PCOS Diet?

The traditional Indian diet is a vibrant one, with various food groups coming together to serve as a satisfying meal. But with the growing sedentary lifestyles, the traditional diet can be harmful in the long run. While our mothers often modified meals to ensure proper nutrition, they accidentally cut the wrong corners. While our quantity of carbohydrate-rich rotis and parathas was on the rise, our consumption of plant and animal-based protein like the curd, millets, soy or meat took a massive dip.

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

India’s culinary diversity is known the world over – every region, state, community, and religion have 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.

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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 have 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.

low-carbohydrate-diet-diagram_1308-47457
,

Carbs over Protein: Why Indian mothers could be making risky choices

The traditional Indian diet is a vibrant one, with various food groups coming together to serve as a satisfying meal. But with the growing sedentary lifestyles, the traditional diet can be harmful in the long run. While our mothers often modified meals to ensure proper nutrition, they accidentally cut the wrong corners. While our quantity of carbohydrate-rich rotis and parathas was on the rise, our consumption of plant and animal-based protein like the curd, millets, soy or meat took a massive dip.

Untitled design
,

Why Protein Is Important In A PCOS Diet?

The traditional Indian diet is a vibrant one, with various food groups coming together to serve as a satisfying meal. But with the growing sedentary lifestyles, the traditional diet can be harmful in the long run. While our mothers often modified meals to ensure proper nutrition, they accidentally cut the wrong corners. While our quantity of carbohydrate-rich rotis and parathas was on the rise, our consumption of plant and animal-based protein like the curd, millets, soy or meat took a massive dip.

WhatsApp Image 2020-09-14 at 10.41.28 AM
,

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

India’s culinary diversity is known the world over – every region, state, community, and religion have 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.

Poshan
,

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 have 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.

Carbs over Protein: Why Indian mothers could be making risky choices

Fitness, India Protein Paradox
September 16, 2020

Right To Protein Team

Carbs over Protein: Why Indian mothers could be making risky choices

One would never say no to a good hearty Indian meal which includes roti’s, vegetables and dal, with a side serving of salad. One also wouldn’t mind topping it off with a scrumptious dessert afterward. This great Indian meal ticks all the boxes in the food pyramid that we have learned ever since we were kids. It is a meal that is rich in carbohydrates that are the body’s primary source of energy, and also comes with some amounts of protein. The typical Indian diet consists of more simple carbohydrates (rice and flour) and less protein (both animal and plant-based). This can lead to a dip in overall immunity and gaining fat even when following a controlled diet. Why? Because protein is a macronutrient required to build our muscles and has a regulatory role in synthesizing hormones and crucial immune-modulating regulators. While all the nutrients are vital for our body, some such as protein, need to be consumed more than they currently are in our daily diet.

A study conducted by The Indian Consumer Market in 2020 reported that in urban areas, beverages, refreshments, and processed foods account for the major monthly expense, while rural households spend the most on cereals. Only one-third of our food budgets are spent on protein-rich foods. A study conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO 2011-12) also reiterated the protein deficiency by stating that rural households consume 56.5g of protein, while urban households consume 55.7g, which is a lesser quantity from the survey done 1993-4.  India suffers from a Protein Paradox, and the Right to Protein initiative decided to take the first step to solve the problem.

Right to Protein commissioned Nielsen to survey over 2000 mothers, to try and understand why protein continues to slip out of daily Indian diets. The survey findings have been shocking and have helped a great deal in understanding o know why India could yet be consuming a protein-deficient diet.

While 95% of Indian mothers recognized protein as a macronutrient and believed it was necessary, only 3% really understood why they should consume it at all. Moreover, the mothers who identified protein as a macronutrient did not intend to increase the quantity in their daily diet. 82% of mothers are also under the misconception that their growing child only needs vitamin and energy rather than protein. One of the most essential things highlighted was that 81% of mothers feel that consuming regular Indian meals consisting of Dal, Roti, and Chawal is sufficient to meet the daily protein requirements. However, because of such beliefs, the actual protein requirements could easily be overlooked in our diets.

An IMRB survey in 2017 found that 73% of affluent urban Indians are protein deficient, and 93% are unaware of their daily protein requirements. These startling numbers confirm the fear that we don’t understand the problems associated with a protein-deficit diet. Issues including weak immunity that can be dangerous in the current environment and nutritional diseases like anaemia. Probable life-threatening situations like Hyperproteinaemia can also be caused by a deficit of protein in your body. Sarcopenia in kids and Protein Energy Malnutrition are also some of the disorders that can affect you if you don’t change the level of protein in your diet.

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) shared a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for Indians, which states that average Indian adults need 0.8g-1gm per kg ideal body weight of protein. You can take small, simple steps in trying to follow this guideline. Do a thorough research of plant and animal-based protein sources and find out ways to add them to your daily diet. Also, ensure that the one-fourth portion of your plate is protein during meal times. The change starts with you.

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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Why Protein Is Important In A PCOS Diet?

The traditional Indian diet is a vibrant one, with various food groups coming together to serve as a satisfying meal. But with the growing sedentary lifestyles, the traditional diet can be harmful in the long run. While our mothers often modified meals to ensure proper nutrition, they accidentally cut the wrong corners. While our quantity of carbohydrate-rich rotis and parathas was on the rise, our consumption of plant and animal-based protein like the curd, millets, soy or meat took a massive dip.

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

India’s culinary diversity is known the world over – every region, state, community, and religion have 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.

Poshan
,

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 have 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.

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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.

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Why Protein Is Important In A PCOS Diet?

The traditional Indian diet is a vibrant one, with various food groups coming together to serve as a satisfying meal. But with the growing sedentary lifestyles, the traditional diet can be harmful in the long run. While our mothers often modified meals to ensure proper nutrition, they accidentally cut the wrong corners. While our quantity of carbohydrate-rich rotis and parathas was on the rise, our consumption of plant and animal-based protein like the curd, millets, soy or meat took a massive dip.

WhatsApp Image 2020-09-14 at 10.41.28 AM
,

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

India’s culinary diversity is known the world over – every region, state, community, and religion have 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.

Poshan
,

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 have 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.

cartoon-indian-family-characters-cooking-kitchen-together-concept_33099-126
,

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.

Why Protein Is Important In A PCOS Diet?

Fitness, India Protein Paradox
September 15, 2020

Right To Protein Team

Why Protein Is Important In A PCOS Diet?

Research suggests that Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is estimated to affect about 10 million women globally. One in every 10 women in India has PCOS, of which six are teenage girls, according to a 2015 study by PCOS Society. The condition is clinically characterized by cysts in the ovaries and endocrine abnormalities affecting women of reproductive age. As common as it may be, living with PCOS is tough. In fact, the stress of reduced fertility, acne, insulin resistance, weight gain, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes may increase the gravity of these very symptoms. 

While there is no ‘one best fits all approach’ solution for women with PCOS, there are two principles that most medical practitioners tend to agree on – regular exercise and a diet with adequate protein! 

Why you need protein if you have PCOS

Women suffering from PCOS must try and increase protein intake in their daily diet to tackle the symptoms of this endocrine disorder effectively. Protein not just fuels the body with calories, but it also serves as a building block for bones, muscles, skin, and blood and plays an integral role in the synthesis of hormones.

Although there’s no cure for PCOS, several studies show that a protein-rich diet can benefit women in several ways:

  • Increases metabolism: Protein accelerates the body’s metabolism, which means you burn a higher amount of calories. This is because all foods have a thermic effect, and in protein-rich foods, it is anywhere between 15-30%, much greater than that of carbohydrates or fats.
  • Helps control appetite: Protein stimulates the production of hormones that are meant to make you feel satiated and also reduce cravings.
  • Stabilizes blood sugar: All foods have a glycemic index due to which blood sugar levels increase. Since protein is digested slowly, its impact on blood sugar is much lower. The macronutrient also stimulates the release of a hormone called glucagon that raises blood glucose levels and counteracts the action of insulin.

What you need to eat

Most foods fit into a healthy eating plan for PCOS but adding good protein sources is a must.  Look for plant-based protein such as soy, beans, hummus, peanut butter, eggs, etc. and vegetarian meat substitutes, and fats such as olive oil, nuts, and avocado. Need a simple guide to help you do so? Simply refer to Right To Protein’s Protein Index for good whole food protein options for a PCOS-friendly diet –

  • Almonds: 4 g protein
  • Eggs: 3 g protein
  • Milk: 3 g protein
  • Quinoa: 8 g protein
  • Oatmeal: 11 g protein
  • Lentils: 18 g protein
  • Cottage Cheese: 28 g protein
  • Soybeans: 29 g protein
  • Chicken Breast: 53 g protein

Eat these high protein foods in combination with high-fiber grains to slow down the absorption of the carbohydrate and keep insulin levels low. As per the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) given by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for Indians, 0.8 to 1 gm protein per kg body weight per day is sufficient to meet the basic nutritional requirements. An effective way to do so would be to ensure that at every meal, 1/4th of the plate is filled with protein.

The bottom line

Protein is an important macronutrient for PCOS. Do your best to start the day with a good protein source, along with some fat, fiber, and healthy carb. Ultimately, making informed lifestyle changes is an important first step for sustained health and wellbeing.

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

India’s culinary diversity is known the world over – every region, state, community, and religion have 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.

Poshan
,

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 have 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.

cartoon-indian-family-characters-cooking-kitchen-together-concept_33099-126
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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.

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

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.

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

India’s culinary diversity is known the world over – every region, state, community, and religion have 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.

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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 have 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.

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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.

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

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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

Poshan
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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 have 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.

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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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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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.

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The traditional Indian diet is a vibrant one, with various food groups coming together to serve as a satisfying meal. But with the growing sedentary lifestyles, the traditional diet can be harmful in the long run. While our mothers often modified meals to ensure proper nutrition, they accidentally cut the wrong corners. While our quantity of carbohydrate-rich rotis and parathas was on the rise, our consumption of plant and animal-based protein like the curd, millets, soy or meat took a massive dip.

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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.

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

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.

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

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

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India Protein Paradox: Find Out Why Indian Households Ignore Protein Intake

The traditional Indian diet is a vibrant one, with various food groups coming together to serve as a satisfying meal. But with the growing sedentary lifestyles, the traditional diet can be harmful in the long run. While our mothers often modified meals to ensure proper nutrition, they accidentally cut the wrong corners. While our quantity of carbohydrate-rich rotis and parathas was on the rise, our consumption of plant and animal-based protein like the curd, millets, soy or meat took a massive dip.

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

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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.

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The traditional Indian diet is a vibrant one, with various food groups coming together to serve as a satisfying meal. But with the growing sedentary lifestyles, the traditional diet can be harmful in the long run. While our mothers often modified meals to ensure proper nutrition, they accidentally cut the wrong corners. While our quantity of carbohydrate-rich rotis and parathas was on the rise, our consumption of plant and animal-based protein like the curd, millets, soy or meat took a massive dip.

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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.

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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.

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The traditional Indian diet is a vibrant one, with various food groups coming together to serve as a satisfying meal. But with the growing sedentary lifestyles, the traditional diet can be harmful in the long run. While our mothers often modified meals to ensure proper nutrition, they accidentally cut the wrong corners. While our quantity of carbohydrate-rich rotis and parathas was on the rise, our consumption of plant and animal-based protein like the curd, millets, soy or meat took a massive dip.

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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

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

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

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India Protein Paradox: Find Out Why Indian Households Ignore Protein Intake

The traditional Indian diet is a vibrant one, with various food groups coming together to serve as a satisfying meal. But with the growing sedentary lifestyles, the traditional diet can be harmful in the long run. While our mothers often modified meals to ensure proper nutrition, they accidentally cut the wrong corners. While our quantity of carbohydrate-rich rotis and parathas was on the rise, our consumption of plant and animal-based protein like the curd, millets, soy or meat took a massive dip.

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Proteins might be slipping out of India’s shopping cart. Here’s why!

Grocery shopping trips have become a staple weekend activity in most households. Lengthy shopping lists, careful budgeting, and an occasional indulgence – they’re all a part and parcel of what it takes to keep the kitchen up and running. For many, grocery shopping is an opportunity to experiment with a trending superfood, try the latest celebrity-endorsed diet or adopt a new healthy eating philosophy recommended by a friend – all in the bid to ‘eat right’.

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Does India Really Know About Protein? Where Is The Protein Paradox Leading Us?

Did you ever stop yourself from buying a bottle of peanut butter because of its fat content? Was there a time when you put down a block of cheese or packet of soy nuts because they weren’t a part of your new diet? We hate to burst your bubble, but those were high protein foods that were wrongfully ignored – and you may be a subject to India’s Protein Paradox!

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

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

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India Protein Paradox: Find Out Why Indian Households Ignore Protein Intake

The traditional Indian diet is a vibrant one, with various food groups coming together to serve as a satisfying meal. But with the growing sedentary lifestyles, the traditional diet can be harmful in the long run. While our mothers often modified meals to ensure proper nutrition, they accidentally cut the wrong corners. While our quantity of carbohydrate-rich rotis and parathas was on the rise, our consumption of plant and animal-based protein like the curd, millets, soy or meat took a massive dip.

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Proteins might be slipping out of India’s shopping cart. Here’s why!

Grocery shopping trips have become a staple weekend activity in most households. Lengthy shopping lists, careful budgeting, and an occasional indulgence – they’re all a part and parcel of what it takes to keep the kitchen up and running. For many, grocery shopping is an opportunity to experiment with a trending superfood, try the latest celebrity-endorsed diet or adopt a new healthy eating philosophy recommended by a friend – all in the bid to ‘eat right’.

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Does India Really Know About Protein? Where Is The Protein Paradox Leading Us?

Did you ever stop yourself from buying a bottle of peanut butter because of its fat content? Was there a time when you put down a block of cheese or packet of soy nuts because they weren’t a part of your new diet? We hate to burst your bubble, but those were high protein foods that were wrongfully ignored – and you may be a subject to India’s Protein Paradox!

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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India Protein Paradox: Find Out Why Indian Households Ignore Protein Intake

The traditional Indian diet is a vibrant one, with various food groups coming together to serve as a satisfying meal. But with the growing sedentary lifestyles, the traditional diet can be harmful in the long run. While our mothers often modified meals to ensure proper nutrition, they accidentally cut the wrong corners. While our quantity of carbohydrate-rich rotis and parathas was on the rise, our consumption of plant and animal-based protein like the curd, millets, soy or meat took a massive dip.

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Proteins might be slipping out of India’s shopping cart. Here’s why!

Grocery shopping trips have become a staple weekend activity in most households. Lengthy shopping lists, careful budgeting, and an occasional indulgence – they’re all a part and parcel of what it takes to keep the kitchen up and running. For many, grocery shopping is an opportunity to experiment with a trending superfood, try the latest celebrity-endorsed diet or adopt a new healthy eating philosophy recommended by a friend – all in the bid to ‘eat right’.

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,

Does India Really Know About Protein? Where Is The Protein Paradox Leading Us?

Did you ever stop yourself from buying a bottle of peanut butter because of its fat content? Was there a time when you put down a block of cheese or packet of soy nuts because they weren’t a part of your new diet? We hate to burst your bubble, but those were high protein foods that were wrongfully ignored – and you may be a subject to India’s Protein Paradox!

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Are Indians Really Eating Right?

From dals-curries to sabzi, roti, idli-dosa, and an array of fruit and dairy-based dishes, Indian cuisine is both diverse and wholesome. In fact, the traditional thali, which is a hallmark of Indian food, is in my view an epitome of good, clean eating. The thali, if designed correctly, can offer all the essential macronutrients as well as micronutrients. Amongst all of these, the one nutrient that does not get enough attention in the thali – protein.

choosing-healthy-unhealthy-food_23-2148552452
,

India Protein Paradox: Find Out Why Indian Households Ignore Protein Intake

The traditional Indian diet is a vibrant one, with various food groups coming together to serve as a satisfying meal. But with the growing sedentary lifestyles, the traditional diet can be harmful in the long run. While our mothers often modified meals to ensure proper nutrition, they accidentally cut the wrong corners. While our quantity of carbohydrate-rich rotis and parathas was on the rise, our consumption of plant and animal-based protein like the curd, millets, soy or meat took a massive dip.

father-son-buying-food-supermarket_74855-5245
,

Proteins might be slipping out of India’s shopping cart. Here’s why!

Grocery shopping trips have become a staple weekend activity in most households. Lengthy shopping lists, careful budgeting, and an occasional indulgence – they’re all a part and parcel of what it takes to keep the kitchen up and running. For many, grocery shopping is an opportunity to experiment with a trending superfood, try the latest celebrity-endorsed diet or adopt a new healthy eating philosophy recommended by a friend – all in the bid to ‘eat right’.

woman-choosing-food-concept_23-2148598340
,

Does India Really Know About Protein? Where Is The Protein Paradox Leading Us?

Did you ever stop yourself from buying a bottle of peanut butter because of its fat content? Was there a time when you put down a block of cheese or packet of soy nuts because they weren’t a part of your new diet? We hate to burst your bubble, but those were high protein foods that were wrongfully ignored – and you may be a subject to India’s Protein Paradox!

People holding health symbols illustration
,

Are Indians Really Eating Right?

From dals-curries to sabzi, roti, idli-dosa, and an array of fruit and dairy-based dishes, Indian cuisine is both diverse and wholesome. In fact, the traditional thali, which is a hallmark of Indian food, is in my view an epitome of good, clean eating. The thali, if designed correctly, can offer all the essential macronutrients as well as micronutrients. Amongst all of these, the one nutrient that does not get enough attention in the thali – protein.

India Protein Paradox: Find Out Why Indian Households Ignore Protein Intake

India Protein Paradox, Protein 101
August 31, 2020

Right To Protein Team

India Protein Paradox: Find Out Why Indian Households Ignore Protein Intake

The traditional Indian diet is a vibrant one, with various food groups coming together to serve as a satisfying meal. But with the growing sedentary lifestyles, the traditional diet can be harmful in the long run. While our mothers often modified meals to ensure proper nutrition, they accidentally cut the wrong corners. While our quantity of carbohydrate-rich rotis and parathas was on the rise, our consumption of plant and animal-based protein like the curd, millets, soy or meat took a massive dip.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the ideal amount of protein we should consume is 50g and 48g for people living in urban and rural areas, respectively. A more recent Indian Consumer Market 2020 report confirmed that we, as Indians, only spend about one-third of our food budget on protein-rich food. With that data combined with a few other research studies, there is no doubt that there is a massive protein deficit in the diets of Indian households. But what really makes our homes consume less protein? To find the answers, Right to Protein, conducted a 16-city study with over 2000 mothers of children between 6-18 years of age only to discover the Protein Paradox – a unique muddle of knowledge, practice and perceptions answering the many reasons why many Indian household remain protein deficit.

Here are the three key findings stemming from India’s Protein Paradox –

Protein Paucity: Poor protein knowledge resulting to low intake

Knowing that protein is a vital macro-nutrient and taking active steps to include the correct amount of protein in your diet are two very different aspects. About 8 out of 10 mothers are aware of the former, but there is limited knowledge on the actual benefits of including protein in adequate quantities in daily diet. As high as 82% of mothers from mini metros like Ahmedabad, Bangalore, and Hyderabad couldn’t correctly associate protein intake to its functions leading to less protein intake in everyday meals.

Protein psych: The abundance of misinformation

In addition to lacking the right knowledge, myths and misconceptions dilute the importance of protein in India. More than 85% of mothers believe that consumption of protein could lead to weight gain and that they would prioritize the consumption of vitamins and carbohydrates. Another misconception that plagues the Indian households is that protein consumption is a requirement only for ‘bodybuilders’ or that all protein food sources are expensive to meet the required amount of daily protein intake. Another widespread misconception that undermines protein consumption across households is that proteins are challenging to digest and should only be consumed during breakfast. Misinformation despite the awareness of as a macronutrient remains one of the key paradoxes discovered in this study.

Protein pinch: The sources remain a mystery

Even if a mother takes the initiative to bring about dietary changes and is shielded from all misinformation, the sources of protein remain a mystery to them. Majority of mothers surveyed could only identify 3 out of 11 protein-rich ingredients. Despite 85% of mothers believing that protein is essential to health, their knowledge of protein sources didn’t go beyond pulses and dairy. This leads to 81% of mothers incorrectly believing that rotidal, and rice are enough to satisfy the daily protein needs.

So, the next time to notice any of India’s protein paradoxes, call them out to resolve them and spread the right to protein!

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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Proteins might be slipping out of India’s shopping cart. Here’s why!

Grocery shopping trips have become a staple weekend activity in most households. Lengthy shopping lists, careful budgeting, and an occasional indulgence – they’re all a part and parcel of what it takes to keep the kitchen up and running. For many, grocery shopping is an opportunity to experiment with a trending superfood, try the latest celebrity-endorsed diet or adopt a new healthy eating philosophy recommended by a friend – all in the bid to ‘eat right’.

woman-choosing-food-concept_23-2148598340
,

Does India Really Know About Protein? Where Is The Protein Paradox Leading Us?

Did you ever stop yourself from buying a bottle of peanut butter because of its fat content? Was there a time when you put down a block of cheese or packet of soy nuts because they weren’t a part of your new diet? We hate to burst your bubble, but those were high protein foods that were wrongfully ignored – and you may be a subject to India’s Protein Paradox!

People holding health symbols illustration
,

Are Indians Really Eating Right?

From dals-curries to sabzi, roti, idli-dosa, and an array of fruit and dairy-based dishes, Indian cuisine is both diverse and wholesome. In fact, the traditional thali, which is a hallmark of Indian food, is in my view an epitome of good, clean eating. The thali, if designed correctly, can offer all the essential macronutrients as well as micronutrients. Amongst all of these, the one nutrient that does not get enough attention in the thali – protein.

protein psych
,

Understanding India’s Protein Psych: Why Is Protein Not A Priority?

There is an overload of information today on the web, so much so that it sometimes gets difficult to differentiate between fact and fiction. One of the real challenges that exist today is food misinformation, since fake news about nutrition can spread amongst people in no time. One such nutrient that is surrounded by myths and misconceptions is Protein, as evidenced in a recent study commissioned by the Right to Protein initiative.

father-son-buying-food-supermarket_74855-5245
,

Proteins might be slipping out of India’s shopping cart. Here’s why!

Grocery shopping trips have become a staple weekend activity in most households. Lengthy shopping lists, careful budgeting, and an occasional indulgence – they’re all a part and parcel of what it takes to keep the kitchen up and running. For many, grocery shopping is an opportunity to experiment with a trending superfood, try the latest celebrity-endorsed diet or adopt a new healthy eating philosophy recommended by a friend – all in the bid to ‘eat right’.

woman-choosing-food-concept_23-2148598340
,

Does India Really Know About Protein? Where Is The Protein Paradox Leading Us?

Did you ever stop yourself from buying a bottle of peanut butter because of its fat content? Was there a time when you put down a block of cheese or packet of soy nuts because they weren’t a part of your new diet? We hate to burst your bubble, but those were high protein foods that were wrongfully ignored – and you may be a subject to India’s Protein Paradox!

People holding health symbols illustration
,

Are Indians Really Eating Right?

From dals-curries to sabzi, roti, idli-dosa, and an array of fruit and dairy-based dishes, Indian cuisine is both diverse and wholesome. In fact, the traditional thali, which is a hallmark of Indian food, is in my view an epitome of good, clean eating. The thali, if designed correctly, can offer all the essential macronutrients as well as micronutrients. Amongst all of these, the one nutrient that does not get enough attention in the thali – protein.

protein psych
,

Understanding India’s Protein Psych: Why Is Protein Not A Priority?

There is an overload of information today on the web, so much so that it sometimes gets difficult to differentiate between fact and fiction. One of the real challenges that exist today is food misinformation, since fake news about nutrition can spread amongst people in no time. One such nutrient that is surrounded by myths and misconceptions is Protein, as evidenced in a recent study commissioned by the Right to Protein initiative.