Most of us know that protein is an important part of our diet, but we don’t really know why, or how much is necessary, and where to source them from. Here are some FAQs.
What are proteins?
Proteins are the building blocks of the body. All our organs, tissues, muscles, skin, hair, and so on, are built of protein molecules.
How much protein do we need?
Make sure you consume one gram of protein for every kilo of your body weight. So if you weigh 50 kilos, you need 50 grams of protein in your diet every day.
Some sources of protein and their pros and cons
* Dairy:Milk, curd, yoghurt, processed cheese, paneer
Pros: Palatable, acceptable for vegetarians, easily available in many varieties, contains calcium.
Cons: Many adults are lactose intolerant, dairy products may create indigestion, gas and acidity.
* Whey protein:The liquid that is left after cheese has been processed
Pros: It is efficiently absorbed by the body.
Cons: It’s still a dairy product, so may cause allergies.
* Red meat:From beef, mutton, etc
Pros: Is quickly absorbed by the body.
Cons: Has been linked with heart disease and immune disorders. Commercialised meat has high levels of hormones and antibiotics.
* Poultry:From chicken, duck, etc
Pros: Efficiently absorbed, less fatty than red meat, not linked with heart disease
Cons: Commercialised poultry is high in antibiotics and hormones.
From HT Brunch, November 16
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