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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

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

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

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

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

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Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Customer in food store buy dairy products vector illustration. Family customers choosing milk food in supermarket. Consumerism of dairying product
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Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

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

Snack product set, fast food snacks, drinks, nuts, chips, cracker, juice sandwich isolated on white background
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The Best Protein-Rich Foods To Snack On When You’re Working From Home

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

navratri-realistic-traditional-background_52683-44495
,

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

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

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

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

Customer in food store buy dairy products vector illustration. Family customers choosing milk food in supermarket. Consumerism of dairying product
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Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

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

Snack product set, fast food snacks, drinks, nuts, chips, cracker, juice sandwich isolated on white background
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The Best Protein-Rich Foods To Snack On When You’re Working From Home

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

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Winter Healthcare: 6 Foods To Add To Your Winter Diet For A Healthy 2020

Diets And Recipes, Protein 101
February 1, 2020

Winter Healthcare: 6 Foods To Add To Your Winter Diet For A Healthy 2020

With winters approaching near, our bodies slow down, we feel like curling up in bed and drinking hot chocolate all day.  With cold and windy days, it’s tempting to fill up on unhealthy comfort foods, and while this isn’t a bad idea to do this occasionally, one should consume healthy food that helps the body stay warm and keeps them active throughout the day. The best way to keep fit in winter is to consume protein-rich foods that not only provide the body with the required fuel, but also helps to combat the winter chill in the best possible way.

Here’s a list of some foods that you must include as part of your diet in winter:

  • Fish

 Don’t we all love fish for its delicious taste? It is the best way to pack in protein this winter – fatty fish is the best in this season. You could go for trout, salmon, tuna, mackerel – the variety is endless. Add a portion to your favorite salad or use it as a filling for grilled sandwiches – it tastes amazing! The fish has healthy amino acids that helps repair tissues and keeps one full for longer hours and thereby reduces your appetite. Ensure to add fish in your diet at least two times a week.

  • Nuts and seeds

 Whether summer or winter, nuts and seeds are the best source of protein you can have! It is great when the temperature falls, especially due to its heat-inducing properties. These make for perfect snacking options – that are rich in protein and healthy fats; that is needed by our body as it serves innumerable benefits. Ensure to consume almonds, walnuts, pistachios, flax seeds, sesame seeds, cashews etc. once a day. Add it to your cereal, blend into a smoothie, sprinkle on salads or eat it as a mid-snack between your meals- whatever you prefer the most!

  • Spinach

 How can winter be complete without adding spinach to your diet? This leafy vegetable is a powerhouse of protein and fibre, as well as Vitamin A, C, K, magnesium, iron, and manganese. Spinach is a versatile vegetable that can eaten raw in salads, steamed, blended in a soup or smoothie, and sautéed with other veggies. It is a very versatile ingredient that can be used in many ways to speed up your metabolism!

  • Green peas

 One of the best ways to load up on protein, is adding green peas to your daily diet. Peas are known to be packed with proteins, fibre and carbohydrates. Believe it or not, peas are low-fat and contain zero cholesterol. Add them to curries, sandwiches or salads – the choice is all yours!

You can also find out about other whole foods that are rich in protein, using the Protein Index. The Index has been devised to provide Indians with a list of protein-rich whole food items that could help you plan your grocery list with healthy protein-rich foods.

  • Carrots

A wonder vegetable, carrots are low in calories and high in nutrients. These vegetables are loaded with proteins and beta carotene – a pigment that helps the body produce Vitamin A and is essential for eye health and important for proper growth and development. What’s more, a cup of raw carrot sticks contains only 50 calories!

  • Beetroot

Loaded with fibre, beetroot contains high amount of protein, minerals, vitamins that helps you stay warm and healthy! Some might say that beetroot is high in sugar content but guess what – it is still low in calories and contains low fat.

Bottomline:

This winter take some time to assess your 2020 goals and lifestyle habits. To achieve energy during winters, make sure you stay hydrated, eat protein rich foods in every meal, give yourself time to exercise, and regularly implement a selfcare routine.

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

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

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

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

Customer in food store buy dairy products vector illustration. Family customers choosing milk food in supermarket. Consumerism of dairying product
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Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

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

Snack product set, fast food snacks, drinks, nuts, chips, cracker, juice sandwich isolated on white background
, ,

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

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

navratri-realistic-traditional-background_52683-44495
,

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

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

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

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

Customer in food store buy dairy products vector illustration. Family customers choosing milk food in supermarket. Consumerism of dairying product
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Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

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

Snack product set, fast food snacks, drinks, nuts, chips, cracker, juice sandwich isolated on white background
, ,

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.

Protein Myths

Most Common Protein Myths Most People Believe

Protein 101
October 21, 2019

Most Common Protein Myths Most People Believe

Protein is a macronutrient ringleader, which has remained a mystery for many. One might hear protein discussions at gymnasiums or at health clinics and yet it evades the healthy diet of many. Rather today it is shrouded by myths and with market being awash with protein supplements like bars, snacks and drinks. So why do we need protein?

Proteins are considered as the building blocks of our life: without which our bodies won’t be existing; cells of our body need proteins for growth and development – to make new cells, repair the damaged tissue and cells. These building blocks are used for many important functions in the body, including growth and repair of muscle, connective tissue and skin. Since protein is present in every cell of our body, it’s not only important to consume enough but also consuming these in the right quantity is significant for our body. Despite its popularity, this macronutrient is subject to countless myths. And there are few protein myths that just won’t go away! Allow us to clarify these myths:

MYTH 1: Majority of Protein only comes from milk and meat

TRUTH: Nearly every food on this planet contains protein, although the composition will vary. Along with animal-based proteins, one can also consume plant-based proteins such as legumes, soy, beans etc. Protein comes in two forms ‘Complete and Incomplete’. Complete protein like milk, eggs and soy are among other food sources that contain all the 9 essential amino acids required by the body to remain healthy and fully functional. While the incomplete protein such as legumes, vegetables etc. lack few essential amino acids.

Bottom Line: Protein can be consumed from a variety of sources – plant and animal.

MYTH 2: Vegetarians do not get enough proteins

Truth: “I would like to go vegetarian, but I am afraid that I wouldn’t get enough sources of Protein”, is often a concern expressed by many people today. People largely associate meat with “protein house” and struggle to find their replacement with plant-based proteins. However, if you eat a well-balanced diet, there is high probability that you will meet your daily requirements, irrespective if you follow a plant-based diet. Additionally, the notion that complete protein should be consumed from single food or single meal is yet another myth. Consuming different sources of protein from a variety of foods during the day, is as fruitful as consuming them all at once.

Bottom Line: You can get enough protein from plant-based diet.

MYTH 3: More the Better

Truth: People who are looking to reduce weight and slim down often consider the approach of Low Carb and High Proteins in their diet. This is mainly because protein consumption reduces one’s appetite. Since calories from proteins takes longer time to break down than most foods and other carbs. This means a person will feel fuller stomach for a longer period. However, it is important for one to consider how many calories you consume each day, which in-turn determines your weight loss or weight management.
While, active individuals like athletes and bodybuilders choose to consume higher amount of protein, but they burn those quickly in the process. On the other hand, for a person leading a normal lifestyle, by consuming excess protein he/she might end up gaining weight and loosing muscle health. Hence, the healthiest way in both cases is to eat a balanced diet ­- which is neither too high nor too low in protein.

Bottom Line: Consuming the right amount of protein largely depends on various factors and the kind of lifestyle one leads.

MYTH 4: Excess protein damages your kidney

Truth: One reason this myth has perpetuated is because research has shown that consuming excessive protein affects your kidneys. However, consuming large quantities of protein only affects your kidney if one already has a chronic kidney problem or Liver disease. In general, consuming excess protein only leads to hyperfiltration of the kidneys ­– which isn’t a bad thing for one’s health, provided there is some level of activity or movement involved in their life. It simply means that your kidneys are adapting to higher protein intake levels based on your diet. This in turn helps to increase one’s metabolic rate. Lastly, the key to protein in your diet is finding the right balance based on your activities and body type.

Bottom line: Excess protein is harmful only if you already have a chronic kidney disease; if you have an active lifestyle high protein consumption is not risky.

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

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

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

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Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

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

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

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

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Animal Protein or Plant Protein: Which Should You Go For?

Protein 101
October 21, 2019

Animal Protein or Plant Protein: Which Should You Go For?

Fitness enthusiasts, athletes, and non-athletes alike who wish to lead a healthy lifestyle, are often faced with incredible amount of information when it comes to which source of proteins are good for them. Largely speaking, conversations around proteins are often double sided. Where on one hand, proponents of animal protein point towards how animal proteins are known to be the powerhouse of proteins when compared to plant proteins and on the other hand, advocates of plant proteins often point towards how plant-based proteins are known to be better for one’s overall health and the environment in the long run.

These two concerns can push us in opposite directions, turning our daily food preferences into a struggle. Although it ultimately boils down to personal choices and one’s lifestyle. Here are some of the pros and cons for animal proteins and plant proteins:

THE PRESENCE OF AMINO ACIDS

The key differentiator between plant and animal proteins is the presence of and amount of amino acid available. While we know that proteins are made up of amino acids, not all amino acids are present in our body, and so the need to consume protein rich foods that consist of essential amino acids is imperative for a healthy living.

Animal Protein:

Most animal proteins tend to deliver all essential amino acids we need and hence, are considered as complete sources of proteins. Additionally, certain essential amino acids present in animal protein are responsible for increasing lean muscle mass, which in turn helps with weight loss. Few rich sources of animal proteins include meat, eggs, fish, and poultry etc.

Plant protein:

Plant proteins are often linked as “incomplete” source of proteins, as they lack one or more sources of essential amino acids. However multiple studies have confirmed that vegan diets can acquire all the above mentioned essential amino acids by consuming a combination of protein rich foods. This also helps vegans obtain all the nutrients, at the same time maintain a healthy balance of all amino acids. E.g. Beans are considered as a great source of plant proteins that are rich in lysine, however are low on methionine. On the contrary, Soy is known for carrying abundance methionine and are often considered great source of meat substitute. Hence, by incorporating various kinds of plant-based proteins one can acquire all the essential amino acids to meet their daily protein requirements.

ADDITIONAL NUTRIENTS FROM YOUR FOOD

While it is important to consume protein rich foods, one should also consider the other nutrients and health benefits that are associated with consuming these foods. “What else am I getting when I eat this food?” is something that should always be considered while deciding on foods to eat.

Animal Proteins:

Animal proteins are considered virtually to be carb-free sources of proteins. However, although, animal proteins mainly fish, meat, and poultry are the richest source of Omega-3,vitamin D and Vitamin B12, they are encased with saturated fats and high cholesterol, when compared to plant proteins.

Plant Proteins:

Plant proteins for example, beans, legumes and lentils contain the highest level of fibers that can be present in food sources. And fibers are an important component of our diet as it helps balance our digestive systems. Further, plant proteins are known to carry minimal or no amount of saturated fats and cholesterol, which are present in high quantities in animal proteins. And lastly, Plant proteins carry high amounts of phytonutrients, i.e. Health-promoting compounds that are known to fight diseases and promote better human health.

Therefore, a heathy diet is all about knowing how to balance out and incorporate various food sources in our diets. And often the choice between animal and plant protein involves several factors. One should realize that it is the amount of protein consumption that matters; whether you get it through plant-based, animal-based or a mixed protein diet.

Protein-O-Meter

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

Protein Index

Find out all about whole foods that are protein heroes! Achieve your fitness goals by finding out just how much protein you should incorporate to stay nourished.

Protein-O-Meter

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

Protein Index

Find out all about whole foods that are protein heroes! Achieve your fitness goals by finding out just how much protein you should incorporate to stay nourished.

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

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

Customer in food store buy dairy products vector illustration. Family customers choosing milk food in supermarket. Consumerism of dairying product
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Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

Customer in food store buy dairy products vector illustration. Family customers choosing milk food in supermarket. Consumerism of dairying product
, ,

Let India Protein Score Be Your Guide To Buying Dairy Products

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

Snack product set, fast food snacks, drinks, nuts, chips, cracker, juice sandwich isolated on white background
, ,

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

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