Inadequate Protein Intake in Indian Diet


Inadequate Protein Intake in Indian Diet

Have you ever felt, your nails weak or sudden extensive hair fall? I have.  Well, in the last few days, this is what had been happening with me. When I saw the doctor, I was told that the sudden increase in hair fall is directly a sign of protein deficiency. Wait! Now, does this mean that the diet I am consuming daily is protein deficient?

Inadequate Protein Intake in Indian Diet

The truth is that the importance of proteins in Indian diet is something that is sadly undermined. Inadequate protein in Indian diet is discussed widely but still, the issue lacks awareness.

We all know that the proteins are the building blocks of our body. The importance of proteins can be explained briefly as the most important ingredient for the growth and maintenance of the tissues; giving structure, strength and elasticity to the human body and form the base for the antibodies to protect the body from the disease causing bacteria and viruses.

There comes the million dollar question… How much of protein is enough for our body?

Fact remains that protein requirements vary from individual to individual on the basis of the level of physical activity conducted by the body. Other doubt that kept me thinking was, “How to track Protein requirement for individual body?”


This is an eye opener for everyone as we are generally not aware of what happens in our body.

Let’s have a look on how protein aware are we. We’ll observe the same with the help of a protein meter that can be accessed by any individual to know regarding the body levels of protein.

Let’s begin with it:

There are several Nutrition calculators available and here I was provided an eye-opening sample of how I needed to deal with my Right to Protein using this Protein-O-Meter.

A sample protein meter is available on the website –

Step 1: Initially you need to provide your basic details that shall be used to determine the individual identity.


Step 2: The next step is that you’ll be directed to a page that will show the daily protein requirement of your body, this varies person to person.


Step 3: The next information that is required by the protein-o-meter is about the meals, the complete information about the entire meals, including the breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner is to be submitted.

Step 4: After the submission of meals, you’ll receive an assessment of the protein quotient in your diet.

Step 5: Along with the comparison of the ideal protein consumption and the one that is calculated for you, you also receive a list of protein rich foods that you can include in your diet to fulfill for the requirement.

Inadequate Protein Intake in Indian DietIndian food and Inadequate Protein

According to various studies by different researchers, the daily Indian diet is protein deficient and we really need to work upon this to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

It is so rightly said, “We are what we eat”, so obviously we should be consuming essential nutrients, especially Protein upto maximum efficiency.

However, an average Indian diet comprises of high levels of carbohydrates, which are around 70-80% of the daily consumption. The actual protein requirements are only sourced from dairy products, animal food and pulses.

We Indians need our protein intake to be increased and adequate amount of all the necessary components of a balanced diet be consumed.

There is a need for Protein awareness among Indians so that the diseases that happen due to deficiency can be eliminated.

Right to Protein

A health campaign launched in India in order to create protein awareness focusing on the importance of proteins.

The most efficient online Protein O Meter is a tool that we all need to be encouraged to use to know the ideal requirement of Protein for our body.

Right to Protein is an initiative to educate people regarding being aware of daily protein consumption. It inspires to act as a catalyst to improve our daily health with the help of better quality protein.


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