Protein forms one of the most essential building blocks of our bodies. A healthy intake of protein in your diet - be it from grains, dairy, meat or supplements - ensures the maintenance and functioning of your entire body; from strong muscles and tendons, to well functioning enzymes and hormones. The word comes from the Greek word proteios, meaning "primary" or “first” - showing how important it is for our health and nutrition.
9 out of 10 Indians are protein deficient!
In its natural form, there’s no dearth of protein easily available to us. Meats, eggs, dairy, grains and lentils are rich in it. Considering the various cuisines across India which use these ingredients, one would assume that we have our protein needs covered. But a 2017 survey showed that 9 out of 10 Indians are protein deficient. But why? The answer, as you will see, is slightly silly.
Not just for bodybuilders!
Firstly, there’s a huge lack of awareness about the need to actively include adequate protein in your diet. And protein has an odd reputation, with 85% of people believing that it leads to weight gain. We’re willing to bet that a lot of you hear “protein” and think of bodybuilders swigging protein shakes while lifting weights, but that’s far from what protein’s main use case and what it actually does.
Why is protein important for you?Pick your favourite reason to get with the protein, because there are several.
- It helps you feel full for longer, reduces appetite and can help in reduced snacking and weight loss.
- It increases your muscle mass and strength, something that gets more important as you get older.
- It boosts your metabolism, burning fat faster.
- It makes your bones and hair stronger.
- It helps the body heal and repair itself quicker.
- It lowers your BP.
The question of “should I be eating protein” is now moot, we hope. Now we come to the next important question...
How much protein should I be having?
After extensive studies, the WHO has put together a guide to how much protein is ideal to have every day.
And finally, how should you be having protein?
Make it an integral part of a balanced diet - by including vegetables, eggs, lentils, yoghurt and other protein-rich foods. But there’s more you can do!
How Soulfull Smoothix can help you get your protein fix
One easy way to integrate protein in your diet is Soulfull’s Smoothix - a nutritious drink that will give you energy, fibre and protein, all while being rather delicious (if we do say so ourselves!). Made with 12 supergrains including ragi, bajra, and foxtail millet, Smoothix charges you with energy while giving you the nutrients your body needs and keeping you fuller for longer. What’s more, you can make it part of your daily routine in many ways. It’s a great way to start the day, or if you’re feeling snackish in the evening. The protein from Smoothix (6g per serve) adds to that from milk - giving you one heck of a boost of this oh-so-important nutrient. It comes in almond and chocolate varieties - take your pick!
So shake (heh) your protein worries away!