How to Manage Protein Intake Through Traditional Meals

Life is fast in a city like Mumbai, where everybody is rushing to work, and a big chunk of the days’ time goes in commuting. No wonder things like ‘food’ takes a back seat. Most of the preparations at home are ‘rushed through’, especially in families where both the husband & wife work. So how do you make sure that you’re getting the daily recommended protein intake? Here’s how to manage the recommended protein intake through traditional Meals.

Importance of Proteins
Protein is a vital component of your diet. Protein deficiency can lead to a number of health issues and at the same time, excess in-take of protein can also cause you problem. So, it is necessary to have the right balance, and also not have protein powders (without adequate reasons).

Most vegetarians face problems relating to protein deficiency. The health issues rising out of protein deficiency are many. It could be: Hair loss, low immunity, low hemoglobin, muscle loss leading to body ache, prone to frequent cold, cough, flu, obesity water retention and lifeless skin.

Here’s what a leading Mumbai based dietitian has to say about the importance of protein in your diet. “Our body requires between 15-25 per cent of calories from protein. Though a low-protein diet can wreak havoc with your health it is equally important know that a diet excess in protein can have an equal negative effect especially on the kidneys and bones. It is important to stay within the limits.”

How to manage the protein intake
Our traditional meals of dal-chawal, dal-roti and idli-sambar have been excellent source of a balanced meal with both carb and protein. Though our youngster are now more interested in a meal of pizza, sandwiches and other fast foods, you need to also have the traditional meals to make sure your intake of protein is adequate.

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Make sure you include the following in your diet:

  1. Include pulses in our diet – they are rich in protein, and also are a high source of soluble fibre, which also helps in reducing cholesterol and diabetes.
  2. Chicken, fish, meat are rich in proteins and that is why most non-vegetarians generally do not suffer from protein deficiency.
  3. Non-vegetarian foods, however, are low in fibre and that is one reason why most non-vegetarians also suffer from high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.
  4. So, even if you’re a meat-eater, make sure you include pulses in your diet, along with non-vegetarian food.