We are observing the National Protein Week from July 24 to July 30. This is an initiative from the government and nutritionists to education people about inclusion of quality protein in daily diet. It is a fact that an average Indian gets most calories from carbohydrates and there is not enough protein in the daily diet. It is also true that the protein in our diet comes from cereals mostly. The average Indian diet does lack quality protein on a daily basis, and the National Protein Week is observed to change this.

What is Quality Protein? Nutritionists agree that a good quality protein should contain all 9 essential amino acids that the body is incapable of synthesizing, and it should be readily digestible. Inoshi Sharma from FSAI said, “Protein is an integral part of our overall well-being, and its deficiency can have a long-term impact on one’s quality of life. Given that regular consumption of protein rich foods play an important role in boosting our immunity, it is also important to be well informed about quality protein sources especially plant based, a cause we have been championing at FSSAI, as part of the Eat Right Initiative.”

While most plant based proteins lack one or two amino acids, Soy and Quinoa provide all essential amino acids. Animal based proteins provide all essential amino acids because the livestock is generally fed on soya feed. If you would like to eat better quality protein on a daily basis, you should include these in your family’s diet: Paneer, Tofu, Eggs, Quinoa, Chicken, Salmon and Soybean.

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