If you were to name the six main nutrients that your body needs, you’d snap and name them all. You are well aware that, Protein is one of those six main nutrients. We are all well-versed with the benefits of protein, for our body. We all them the ones that repair the wear and tear.
But what if I asked you, how much protein does your body need everyday? How much protein do you consume on daily basis? What is the right form of protein that your body needs? What is hydrolysed protein? There is a very high probability, that you haven’t thought of these questions before.
I wouldn’t blame you, I am a part of the team. I was under the impression that I was taking the right amount of protein everyday. I am a non vegetarian, and I thought consumption of chicken and fish was enough to meet the protein needs of my body. Until, I got a body check up done and was diagnosed with protein deficiency and the bubble that I was living in burst!
According to a recent survey :
– every 9 out of 10 Indians are prone to suffer from protein deficiency.
– 73 per cent of people living in urban India have a protein deficiency .
– On top of that, 93 per cent are completely unaware of the ideal protein requirement
Unlike, other deficiencies, Protein deficiency does not have prominent symptoms. It is commonly ignored inspite of it spreading at an alarming rate.
In line with its mission ‘to educate Indians about the relevance of protein daily’, market leader Protinex, organised an event in Lucknow on 27th February 2018. With an aim to spread protein awareness and education among people, the event highlighted various aspects of protein and the best form of it that we must consume on daily basis.
Expert nutritionist, weight management consultant and health writer Kavita Devgan was present at the event to spread awareness about the what why and how’s of protein intake. ,
Important facts about proteins that were discussed at the event :
– Proteins are macronutrients that are essential for the growth and development of every living organism. They are large complex molecules that are composed of Amino Acids
– In a human body they do most of the work in cells and are required for the structure, function, and repair of tissues and organs in the body.
– they are also essential for maintaining muscle mass, transporting oxygen and supporting the immune system.
– The daily requirement of proteins differ for every individual and is based on various parameters like age gender, weight and physical activity.
– On an average, a healthy adult requires 1g of protein per kg body weight everyday
- IT is not just the quantity of protein that we consume that matters, but the quality matters too
There are different forms of proteins. The best form of protein is ‘Hydrolysed Protein’. It is easily digested and absorbed by our body.
What is Hydrolysed Protein ?
“Hydrolyzed protein is a protein that has been hydrolyzed or broken down into its component amino acids.”
It comes from the same gene pool, containing the same amino acid and microfraction content, but the hydrolyzed version is smaller and faster. How it’s made: by breaking down into smaller protein fragments through a process called “enzymatic hydrolysis.
Most of the protein rich food we consume in our regular diet contains intact Proteins, which are a complex molecule of more than 50 -300 amino acids that are bound together with peptide bond. The digestion of these proteins involves a complex multi-step process.
Hydrolysed proteins on the other hand are a mixture of peptides and a fewer free amino acids. Unlike intact proteins these can be easily absorbed by the intestines and do not involve a complex process of breaking down.
Hydrolysed proteins increase amino acid level in the blood and help gain muscle strength.
Hydrolysed form of protein are best consumed after a workout as they help recover from exercise induced muscle damage. They are less likely to cause allergeies for kids who are prone to food allergies or immunity disorders.
Myths floating around Protein supplements
At the event held in Lucknow, Kavita Devgan said
“Protein is a highly misunderstood nutrient and consumers are unaware that pulses, fish or chicken alone do not meet the daily protein requirement. A healthy adult requires about 1 g of protein per Kg body weight. Sometimes it is difficult to meet this requirement through our daily diet unless we are conscious of the food that we consume or support it with protein supplements.”
The most common myth floating around protein supplements is that it’s meant for body builders or people who are undernourished. However as a matter of fact, protein supplements are beneficial for every individual who isn’t meeting his daily protein requirements.
Most Indians believe that one egg a day would meet their daily requirement of protein or that green leafy vegetables are a great source of protein.
However the fact is, the food that comprises our daily diet includes more of carbs and fats and less of protein. Hence we require something additional to meet our daily protein needs.
Protein supplements are a great way of ensuring that our body gets the ideal amount of protein it needs to function smoothly.
ProteinX is a trusted name when it comes to protein supplements. They contain hydrolysed proteins, which are easily digested by the intestines and ensure faster delivery of protein in our body. They are scientifically formulated and cater to all age groups, they also offer different variants for pregnant women and children.
Protinex Bytes are also a healthy and convenient option of protein. With zero trans fat and 26 essential nutrients these bytes help to retain energy levels and make for a tasty and nutritional snacking option.
ProteinX Protein Calculator
ProtineX has recently come up with a new tool that can help us in assessing our daily protein intake. One of the key highlights of the event that was held in Lucknow was the launch of this new tool ‘Protein Calculator’.
This tool allows the consumer to calculate their protein intake and take remedial actions in their diet or through protein supplements that offer the right quality and quantity of protein in a convenient format”.
The Protein Calculator states the total amount of protein intake considering each meal that a person consumes in a day. Along with this, it also informs the protein inadequacy so that the Indians can keep a track of their protein intake daily.
The event organised by ProteinX and Danone India turned out to be an immensely educative and informative one. It was an eye-opener for so many of us. The team successfully busted so many myth and bought to light the lesser known facts about the most basic nutrient that our body needs. It’s time we start paying attention to our body and it’s needs by consuming good quality and quantity of protein. I find myself more informed and aware with what I learnt about protein and can better deal with the deficiency!