Protein deficiency is widespread in India, as a 2017 study revealed that more than 70 percent of Indian diets do not provide the required amount of protein. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein is 0.8 grams for every kilogram of body weight, something that most Indian diets are unable to provide. The study also revealed that vegetarian diets were more protein deficient, as compared to non-vegetarian diets. Another major issue is that most people in India are not aware about daily protein requirement and they are not concerned about being protein deficient. They are unaware that protein deficiency can cause various health issues such as edema, loss of muscle mass, brittle bones, stunted growth in children, compromised immune system, weight gain, obesity, etc.
Aiming to resolve the problem of protein deficiency, DuPont Nutrition & Health has taken the lead to spread awareness about the same. A global leader in food & beverage, dietary supplements and pharma excipients segments, DuPont Nutrition & Health recently organized a bloggers meet in Gurugram. The objective was to highlight the problem of protein deficiency and how it is adversely impacting the life of millions of people. At the bloggers meet, DuPont presented Soy Protein, as an effective and affordable solution to the problem of protein deficiency. Detailed information was provided about Soy Protein and the various benefits it offers. Here’s what we learned about the power of Soy Protein.
High quality protein: Most plant based proteins lack one or more essential amino acids, but Soy Protein has all the nine essential amino acids. This is why it is classified as a top quality protein, similar to the protein found in milk, eggs and meat. Soy Protein is even better since it is low in fat and free from cholesterol and lactose.
Easily digestible: Soy Protein is easily digested in the body, which means it can be readily consumed by children. Proteins are even more important for children, as they need it for their growth and development. Soy Protein based meals and snacks are known to be healthier in comparison to low-protein, high-fat foods and low-protein, high-carbs foods.
Effective weight management: Soy Protein has shown to be useful in weight management, as it provides a satiating feeling. Soy Protein helps reduce cravings, which in turn allows people to avoid overeating. It is thus beneficial in weight loss and weight management.
Muscle growth and repair: Soy Protein taken in combination with dairy proteins has shown to boost muscle growth and repair after resistance/strength training. The delivery of amino acids was prolonged twice as much with a soy-dairy blend in comparison to either of the two taken individually.
Prevents muscle loss: Soy Protein can help the elderly to live an independent, purposeful life. The risk of bone fractures is reduced significantly when protein supply is adequate. Soy Protein reduces the loss of skeletal muscle, thereby helping old people to live an active life.
Heart health: Soy Protein has shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. A number of studies have found that Soy Protein has cholesterol-lowering properties. Based on these findings, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had issued a statement in 1999 that “25 grams of soy protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.”
At DuPont bloggers meet, it became clear to us that including Soy Protein in our diet can be a good way to boost our health and well-being and keep protected from various diseases and infections. DuPont Nutrition & Health has years of research to support the claim and it has been approved by FDA as well. The benefits of Soy Protein have also been verified by regulators in various other countries. Derived from plant sources, Soy Protein is 100% natural and safe. It could be the key to resolving widespread protein deficiency in the country.