The Right To Protein Ingenuity announced the theme for this year’s celebration of Protein Day in India (February 27th) as Powering with Plant Protein. This year’s theme sheens the spotlight on plant-based sources of protein and inspires citizens at large to learn and know more about different types of sources available and their importance in daily meals for better nutrition and health.
This year marks the second year for this nutritional awareness milestone in India by ‘Right to Protein’, as the initiative invites citizens, organizations and experts to join the movement. According to a report by the Indian Market Research Bureau, protein deficiency in Indians is more than 80%. Another study, by the Right To Protein initiative, highlighted how Indian households limit their protein intake to a pinch of the basic staples – dal, roti, rice – due to lack of awareness around other protein rich foods. While this is true for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian households, despite the sizeable amount of non-vegetarians and a growing flexitarian population, the quantity of consumed egg, fish, and meat is small and sometimes, in lesser frequencies due to cultural or religious reasons. So, what common source of the macronutrient should Indian households of varied dietary preferences turn to?
Well, eating adequate protein in every meal does not mean you have to eat the same type of protein. You can up your protein intake by adding a mixture of protein rich sources such as legumes, beans, yogurt, pulses, soy products, and nuts and seeds to your diet, along with the eggs, chicken and fish. And if you’re a vegetarian or a vegan, plant protein foods can be enough to meet your protein requirement.
So, have the intake of protein in an adequate basis and enjoy your daily meals.