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Earn your Right To Protein this Republic Day

Diets And Recipes, Expert Opinion, Protein 101
February 26, 2020

Rudra

Earn your Right To Protein this Republic Day

Currently there are 195 countries in the world & guess which one is celebrating its 71st Republic day today?
It’s a no brain-er, but still we’re laying it out for you guys: It is none other than the largest democracy in the world & our motherland- India!
Yes, we’re celebrating our 71st Republic day as a Republic Nation.
Across our country, there are a lot of reservations about eating meat & non-vegetarian food in general. As a result, most of our diets lack sufficient quantity of protein. This Republic Day, let’s try to improve our overall well-being by exerting our Right to Protein. This mostly involves adding protein elements in our diet, irrespective of animal or plant based proteins. This doesn’t just stop at you as it is our duty to influence those around us so that everyone can lead a healthier life style.

Right To Protein!

It is not unknown to the masses that our country has a huge population & a majority of the population does not have the privilege of consuming well balanced meals throughout the day. Hence, the awareness for this campaign is crucial to our development as a nation.
Ever wondered why majority of foreign athletes pack more power? It is mostly because of their protein rich diets! A protein rich diet not only boosts metabolism, but also helps in building muscle etc. With that been said, we take the pledge of making better & healthier diet choices & increasing the quantity of protein in our diet (Not that we consume any less).
We also consider It our responsibility to spread the knowledge & influence others. You should do it too!

We are Bengalis from the city of joy, Kolkata & majority of our protein intake comes from fishes & other meats.

However, since we pledged to make better diet choices, we’ll talk about a personal favorite of ours: soya bean. These remarkable nuggets pack a lot of protein & the reason why we chose a vegetarian item is to include those who do not prefer non-veg. Soya bean is a favorite back in our home town.
One of our favorite preparations is the Soya Chaap. It is insanely tasty & if prepared well, tastes as good as meat.

So let us show you how you can earn your right to protein !

Soya beans soaked for 4 hours and drained 1/2 cup

Refined flour 3/4 cup cup

Salt to taste

Wooden ice cream sticks as required

Yogurt 1/2 cup

Gram flour 2-3 tablespoons

Chaat masala 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder 1/4 teaspoon

Ginger-garlic paste 1 teaspoon

Oil to deep fry

Refined flour slurry as required

Soya mince as required

Onion rings to serve

Lemon slices to serve

Fresh mint to garnish

Let us walk you through the course of preparation:
  • Blend soya beans with some water
  • Mix refined flour with soya paste & salt to a semi-stiff dough
  • Break the dough into balls & flatten them like a Roti
  • Cut into strips & wrap it around a wooden stick ( we use ice cream sticks as they look appealing) Voila, we made the chaaps
  • Heat water & blanch the strips (4-5 min). Then drain the water & keep them in some ice for the mixture to harden
  • Take curd in a bowl along with gram flour, turmeric, red chilli, garam masala powder, ginger & garlic paste & a little water. Mix well with a pinch of salt
  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan, Take the leftover refined flour in a bowl
  • Dip the chaaps in the curd mixture, coat it with the refined flour & fry till golden brown. If you like to add a bit of zing, add minced soya after the refined flour. This adds some crunch to the Soya Chaaps.
After this we generally use napkins to absorb the excess oil. Tastes best with some lemon juice freshly squeezed on top.
As mentioned before, majority of our diets are mostly protein deficient as we gorge on carbs. This just keeps us full for a longer period with little benefit. We hope you take the pledge along with us to fight the battle against malnutrition.
Coming down to the Right to Protein, which is a is a nation-wide public health initiative to increase general awareness about the importance of adequate and quality protein in everyday diet. It is an initiative to educate the people in India about the importance of protein for their general health, fitness and well being. The #RightToProtein campaign aspires to act as a catalyst in promoting consumption of different forms of proteins amongst Indians for better overall nutrition. Under this initiative, there is a protein calculator called the Protein-O-Meter, which calculates one’s daily protein requirement basis basic individual information such as body profile, type of lifestyle and meals consumed at different times during the day. Apart from information on one’s possible protein gap, the platform also provides information on protein-rich foods, healthy habits, tips and busting myths about protein.
This takes the Indian dietary preferences into consideration & across all age groups.
As they say, our body is made up of 75% of what we eat! A healthier diet leads to a better lifestyle & that directly translates into better fitness, working capability & longevity in general.
That’s all from our side!
Do let us know if you have anything to say to us about the recipe or the post.
We’d love to hear from you!
Till then, Happy Republic Day & Bon Apetit!

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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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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How Chicken Momos can be the Best Snack to Improve Protein Intake?

Considering that momos are part of our weekly diet, We cannot disregard the fact that it is a tasty yet rich source of protein from whole food. It is known that chicken is one of the best protein options, with very little fat and all essential amino acids. So, momos have trickled to my kitchen and I ended up making these beautiful rice chicken momos – rich in protein and perfect to meet your daily protein requirement. Piping hot, stuffed with juicy, meaty filling and served alongside a fiery red chutney, the aroma wafting all around is just irresistible.

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Importance of Protein In Our Body

In an era where awareness about health, nutrition, and fitness has taken center stage, I am happy to see so many of us break old patterns and take that step towards better living. Diet is a front runner that facilitates the well-being of not just the body but also the mind. It nourishes and replenishes you and plays a vital role in your well-being. At each stage in your life, the nutrition content required by the body varies and as such, diet needs to be modified accordingly. A macronutrient responsible for everything from your toenail to your lock of hair is protein.

How Chicken Momos can be the Best Snack to Improve Protein Intake?

Diets And Recipes, Expert Opinion
February 26, 2020

How Chicken Momos can be the Best Snack to Improve Protein Intake?

 

From steamed and fried momos to tandoori and afghani momos, to wheat and chilli momos, the versatile dumpling has become one of the most popular street foods of Delhi, so much so, that the earlier saying of “Dilli ki Chaat” has gradually evolved into “Dilli ke Momos“.

Fancy restaurants, student-friendly cafes and  street-side vendors, momos seem to everywhere. Being the typical Delhi-ite that I am, I can safely admit that I am, much like a lot of Dilli-walas,  addicted to momos. Piping hot, stuffed with juicy, meaty filling and served alongside a fiery red chutney, the aroma wafting all around a momo stall is enough to rev my appetite. Irresistible.

Considering that momos are now a part of my weekly diet, I cannot disregard the fact that it is tasty yet rich source of protein from whole food. It is known that, chicken is one of the best protein options, with very little fat and all essential amino acids. So, momos have trickled to my kitchen and I ended up making these beautiful rice chicken momos – rich in protein and perfect to meet your daily protein requirement. Fuss-free to make, these rice chicken momos become a meal, with the protein from chicken and the carbohydrates from basmati rice.

Interesting, isn’t it?

Rice and Buckwheat Momos

Rice and Buckwheat Momos

If you don’t believe me, try the Protein-O-Meter which calculates protein content of our meals and each piece of chicken momos can add 2 gms to your daily protein requirement!. With Protein-O-Meter, not only could I calculate my daily protein requirements, but it also helped me find it I have a protein gap and deficiency. So basically, not only did I make these momos with ease, but I even added on to the health quotient by improving my protein intake.

Right to Protein

Right to Protein

You can also explore  “Right to Protein” which helped me explore protein-rich whole foods from Protein Index (Insert link) and I also learned how protein helps to improve muscle health, boost metabolism, build tissues, lower blood pressure and repair bones et al.

The fact that 73% of urban Indians are protein deficient, is a cause of worry and one that needs to be addressed.

So, on this 71st Republic Day, let’s determine to become more vigilant of our protein intake, and if insufficient, focus on increasing its intake. A few little tweaks is all it’ll take, much like how it took me, while replacing mindless snacks with chicken momos,  to improve my protein consumption, and lead us to a healthier, happier self 🙂

Chilli Chicken Momos

Chilli Chicken Momos

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!

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

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

Budget

Budget 2020: Driving the Agenda for a Nutrition-rich India

While much has been spoken, discussed and debated on the first Budget of the new decade, one key move announced by Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman has been welcomed by all. With malnutrition being a major public health threat and responsible for 68% of child deaths in the country in the past year, the Rs 35,600 crore allocation to nutrition-related schemes has been appreciated by experts and masses alike.

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bumpandbabyy

Importance of Protein In Our Body

In an era where awareness about health, nutrition, and fitness has taken center stage, I am happy to see so many of us break old patterns and take that step towards better living. Diet is a front runner that facilitates the well-being of not just the body but also the mind. It nourishes and replenishes you and plays a vital role in your well-being. At each stage in your life, the nutrition content required by the body varies and as such, diet needs to be modified accordingly. A macronutrient responsible for everything from your toenail to your lock of hair is protein.

Hypoproteinemia (1)

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

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

Budget 2020: Driving the Agenda for a Nutrition-rich India

Expert Opinion
February 11, 2020

Budget 2020: Driving the Agenda for a Nutrition-rich India

While much has been spoken, discussed and debated on the first Budget of the new decade, one key move announced by Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman has been welcomed by all. With malnutrition being a major public health threat and responsible for 68% of child deaths in the country in the past year, the Rs 35,600 crore allocation to nutrition-related schemes has been appreciated by experts and masses alike.

One of the three core themes of the Union Budget this year is to strive to create a caring society, especially for women and children. And to adhere to these commitments, the government has allocated Rs 69,000 crore for the healthcare sector, of which; Rs 6,400 crore is reserved for the national-level health protection scheme – Ayushman Bharat. Implying a holistic approach towards healthcare, this allocation received a positive nod from industry experts as it is expected to increase awareness, access to facilities and make ‘better health’ a priority for all.

What does this mean?

In her budget speech, the Finance Minister recognised that the health of a mother and her child are co-related, and nutrition plays a significant role towards overall health and development of human beings This emphasis also found resonance in the funds because if these budgets are implemented well, it will certainly help the undernourished and the malnourished population in considerable manner, and at the same time, pave way for the agricultural, animal farming, and poultry production.

How will this change the situation?

As nutrition emerged to be  one of the top agendas in the budget, Poshan Abhiyan – the government’s mission launched in 2017-18 to improve the nutritional status of children (0-6 years), adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers – also saw an “unprecedented development”. The Union Minister informed that more than six lakh anganwadi workers are equipped with smartphones to upload the nutritional status of more than 10 crore households. She also announced the appointment of a task force to offer recommendations for lowering MMR (maternal mortality ratio) and improving nutritional levels.

This focus on nutrition comes at a time when India is ranked 102 out of the 117 countries where the prevalence of Malnutrition is significantly high as per the 2019, the Global Hunger Index (GHI).

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2018, India accounted for about 46.6 million or one-third of the world’s stunted children basis the Global Nutrition Report. In a situation such as the above, channeling funds to improve the country’s nutritional needs is seen as a welcome move. The announcements and required cohesion seem promising as India moves towards attaining the larger goal of becoming a nutrition-rich country. And as rightly said by, India’s ‘Nutrition Man’, Basanta Kumar Kar, who was awarded the Nutrition Leadership Award 2019 – “I think this budget provides the scope and opportunities for nutrition-sensitive interventions in a substantial way. If implemented well, it can address hunger issues in India”. More importantly, this will help drive awareness on nutritional diet and concerns such as Protein energy malnutrition (PEM) which affects the child at the most crucial period of development, which can lead to permanent impairment in later life.

Awareness is still the demand of the moment

While government attention and funds are the beginning of change, self-awareness about these sources and the requirements is crucial. Protein, whether it’s consumed through grains, pulses, or even seeds, is one of the most essential macronutrient, that should be consumed in every meal, on a daily basis, to ensure our overall development and better nutrition. This awareness is also essential towards busting the popular myth; that including protein in daily diet is unaffordable.

As India moves into a new decade of growth and the Budget incorporates significant measures to improve healthcare and nutrition, it’s essential to make the right choices to gain the desired results. And that begins by learning all about these choices, starting with 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!

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Importance of Protein In Our Body

In an era where awareness about health, nutrition, and fitness has taken center stage, I am happy to see so many of us break old patterns and take that step towards better living. Diet is a front runner that facilitates the well-being of not just the body but also the mind. It nourishes and replenishes you and plays a vital role in your well-being. At each stage in your life, the nutrition content required by the body varies and as such, diet needs to be modified accordingly. A macronutrient responsible for everything from your toenail to your lock of hair is protein.

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

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Importance of Protein In Our Body

In an era where awareness about health, nutrition, and fitness has taken center stage, I am happy to see so many of us break old patterns and take that step towards better living. Diet is a front runner that facilitates the well-being of not just the body but also the mind. It nourishes and replenishes you and plays a vital role in your well-being. At each stage in your life, the nutrition content required by the body varies and as such, diet needs to be modified accordingly. A macronutrient responsible for everything from your toenail to your lock of hair is protein.

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

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

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Importance of Protein In Our Body

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Importance of Protein In Our Body

In an era where awareness about health, nutrition and fitness has taken centre stage, I am happy to see so many of us break old patterns and take that step towards better living.

Protein-o-Meter

Diet is a front runner that facilitates the well-being of not just the body but also the mind. It nourishes and replenishes you and plays a vital role in your well-being.  At each stage in your life, the nutrition content required by the body varies and as such, diet needs to be modified accordingly.

A macro nutrient responsible for everything from your toe nail to your lock of hair is protein. Protein is the building block of your body. It is easy to say that every single function of your body is dependent on protein. You cannot monopolise on protein which simply put means that protein needs to be consumed every day in the right quantity. This will help you avoid the myriad of issues that protein deficiency brings with it.

The role of protein is crucial as proteins are the building blocks of life and are responsible for the following functions:-

  1. It regulates your weight and hunger. A protein rich diet will keep you feeling full through the day and keep those nasty sugar cravings at bay.
  2. Protein is essential to maintain the muscle mass of your body. Especially as you age it is important to build the muscle mass that you naturally loose in the ageing process.
  3. A protein rich diet helps you shed unwanted fat.
  4. Protein boosts your immunity and repairs and builds your cells.

Being a vegetarian and not being able to meet my adequate protein requirement is an ongoing concern for me. This is a common concern for many Indians like me wherein, an estimated 9 /10 Indian individuals are not aware what their daily protein requirement is.

I do try to incorporate vegetarian foods rich in proteins such as:

Grains – Jowar, Couscous, Buckwheat, Quinoa

Pulses & Sprouts – Soy Bean, Mung Bean, Chick Peas, Kidney Beans

Vegetables – Spinach, Mushroom, Peas and Edamame beans

Dairy – Tofu, Yogurt, Cheese and Paneer

Nuts – Walnuts, Soy Nuts, Pistachio and Peanuts

Consuming these sources of protein is great, but was I meeting my daily protein requirement and what would be my ideal protein requirement?

Based on your lifestyle, age and weigh the protein will differ from person to person. I came across the Protein-o-meter that is a free tool to calculate your daily protein requirement. How convenient! Quickly and simply by adding details such as your age, sex, lifestyle and it generates your daily protein requirement.

I was surprised to note that my protein requirement was higher than I would imagine. And then I stumbled upon the Right To Protein campaign, that aims to spread awareness about proteins and how consuming protein rich foods in our daily diet aids better health and overall development. It distinguishes between the vegetarian and non-vegetarian sources of protein and busts common myths surrounding the same.

Having learnt that so much is dependent on this macro nutrient, we cannot discount the importance of actively attempting to meet our protein requirement. You too can easily do this and understand better what your requirement is by visiting right to protein and accessing their simple protein calculator, known as protein-o-meter.

I would like to hear your thoughts on this and if you found that any of the above did impact you positively and made you more aware, please share your experiences by commenting below.

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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Hypoproteinemia (1)

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

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

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New Year, New Me: Why ‘Protein’ Is A Health Resolution To Keep

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Symptoms of hypoproteinemia

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

Causes of hypoproteinemia

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

1. Malnutrition/poor dietary intake

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

2. Malabsorption /poor absorption of protein from the diet

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

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

3. Liver conditions

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

4. Renal conditions

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

Treatment of protein deficiency

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

Pregnancy related hypoproteinemia

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

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

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

Tips To Prevent Protein Deficiency

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

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

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

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

Bottomline

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

Protein-O-Meter

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

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