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

India Protein Paradox, Protein 101
August 31, 2020

Right To Protein Team

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 some, this can be a daunting task, simply because we individuals today are spoilt for choice. 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’.

But, do the choices we make at the grocery store really result in good nutrition for our family?

Several studies say No!

A 2019 study published by EAT-Lancet discovered that Indians on average eat more simple carbohydrates (rice and flour), less complex carbohydrates, less protein (both animal and plant-based), and less fruit and vegetables. Similarly, 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.

 This is particularly concerning since protein deficiency in India is more prevalent than it is known, with nearly 73% urban Indians being protein deficient and about 93% are unaware of their daily protein requirements (IMRB 2017).

To understand why protein isn’t finding its place in the shopping carts of most Indian households, the Right to Protein initiative reached out to 2,142 Indian mothers – the primary decision-makers of a household’s nutrition intake – across 16 cities in India for a survey conducted by commissioned research agency, Nielsen. The results of this study titled the Protein Paradox study, highlighted that there exists a strong sense of confusion about protein among mothers, which seems to indicate that misinformation and misattribution are the driving forces of protein deficiency in Indian households.

An ace celebrity Nutritionist and contributor to the protein Paradox Study, Nmami Agarwal said, “The biggest hurdle is lack of awareness about the importance of dietary protein. The major cause of concern is that most people don’t think protein is an essential component of the diet, and unlike calcium or iron deficiency, protein deficiency is still not taken very seriously […] There is a need of mass-awareness through government-led campaigns making the general population aware about the importance of protein, its sources, requirements, and health implications. Health care practitioners especially dieticians and nutritionists can raise awareness on an individual basis or conduct workshops or seminars to bridge the protein deficiency gap.”

When asked to identify common sources of plant and animal-based protein, most mothers surveyed were unable to correctly identify 8 of 11 protein-rich food items presented to them. While they correctly identified dal and pulses, eggs, and nuts like almonds as being protein-rich, they overestimated the protein content in common food items like milk, green leafy vegetables, fruits, roti, and curd. Meanwhile, extremely important protein sources, both animal-based like seafood, chicken, mutton, and lamb, as well as plant-based such as oats, millets, soy, cheese, peanut butter, and paneer were all incorrectly perceived to contain low protein content. Not only this, nearly 81% of mothers incorrectly believe that the regular Indian diet consisting of roti, dal, but rice is also enough for daily protein needs. As a result, most protein-rich food choices made by households are limited to pulses and dairy alone.

This means that while basic staples dominate the shopping list, misinformation further leads to the ignorance of protein-rich ingredients– and the foods that should be at the dining to table, remain in the grocery store aisle at the end of the shopping trip.

Therefore, here are three simple tips to reverse this detrimental pattern on your next grocery run:

  1. Make a smart shopping list with the intention to avoid missing out on essential macro and micro-nutrients
  2. Use freely available tools like the Protein Index to identify the right protein-rich foods and make your kitchen protein sufficient
  3. Opt for whole foods instead of processed or packaged foods and beware of misleading claims on product labels.

Good nutrition starts with smart choices in the grocery store. Once you take a step forward towards healthy and balanced meals with adequate protein, there is no looking back!

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

India Protein Paradox, Protein 101
August 31, 2020

Right To Protein Team

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!

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.

So, does India really know about protein? The short answer is, NO!

What the Protein Paradox study finally reveals is that Indian households have held on to certain misconceptions that may have directly contributed to the gradual declining of protein intake in the country (NSSO) and existing protein deficiency in India (IMRB). But it remains an under-debated issue today, making it not just a public health problem, but also a behavioral one.

What’s the solution?

With it comes to food, there is a wide-held belief that ‘we are what we eat’. The intake of the right kind of food and nutrition dictates our well-being. In fact, the year 2020 has reminded us of the importance of eating right, making good nutrition a priority, shopping mindfully, and working with sustainable solutions for long-term health and wellbeing. It’s no doubt that the foundation of health is in consuming the right kind of food, in the right quantities, and through the right sources. And this is why it is important for citizens to be nutritionally aware.

Citizens can learn more from public health awareness initiatives that have been focusing on increasing awareness about adequate protein consumption for overall better health and nutrition while debunking several myths around protein consumption in India. Referring to publicly available protein-rich food guides and tools can be used in consideration of one’s physiological status to make dietary changes at an individual level. As per the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) given by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for Indians, 0.8 gm 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.

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

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

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

World Food Day 2020
, ,

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

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

Guide To Buying Dairy Products
, ,

Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

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

Protein Rich Snack
, ,

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

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