68 per cent Indians are protein deficient, survey



68 per cent of Indians have poor protein content and 71 per cent suffer from poor muscle health in their body. Experts on Monday quoted 84 per cent vegetarian and 65 per cent non-vegetarian Indian’s diets lack protein.

InBody Clinical Executive Dr Ankita Ghag was quoted saying, “According to our latest survey with IPSOS, a leading global market and opinion research firm, around 68 per cent of people have lower protein content in their body than adequate and 71 per cent of the people have poor muscle health. We believe there is a need to build awareness about the importance of muscle health amongst Indians and find appropriate solutions.”

Dr. Ghag added, the study’s findings correlated poor muscle health and protein deficiency in India and requires immediate attention.

Based on the Indian Market research Bureau (IMRB) study, 2017, nutritionist Kavita Devgan, said, 84 per cent vegetarians and 65 per cent non-vegetarians in India consume diets which lack protein.

She was quoted saying, “This (the study) concluded people are not getting enough protein from their daily diets and to maintain good muscle health, the body needs between 10 and 14 additional grams of protein per day.”

She added, “So in this situation, protein supplements, which come with hydrolyzed proteins, could be a very helpful resource to fulfil daily protein intakes”.

Head of Danone, a French multinational food-products corporation, nutrition science and medical affairs, Nandan Joshi said educating about protein is crucial for it’s the most misunderstood nutrient. Its usage is largely based on false myths which makes it useful only for bodybuilders or the belief that our routine diets are suffice supplies of protein.

He added, “To compound the situation, not many people are aware of their daily protein requirements. Similarly, muscle health is often ignored since it is misunderstood as an area which is of relevance only to a sportsperson or a gym-goer. Not many Indians know about its overall impact on health and wellness.”

According to Joshi’s view Good muscle health is not only the function of an active lifestyle but also is required to carry out routine physical activities to maintain a healthy life.

Recommended by the Dietary Allowance (RDA) given by Indian Council pf Medical Research (ICMR) for Indians, 0.8 to 1 gm protein per kg body weight daily is required by a normal, sedentary individual without any disease.

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