Over 90% Indians consume less than prescribed amount of proteins: Experts

Newspoint Bureau

Jammu Tawi, December 12


Recent studies revealed a sharp decrease in protein consumption by Indians due to the busy schedules, sedentary lifestyles and erratic eating habits. According to a recent consumer survey, around 90% Indians consume less-than-required amount of proteins.  As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the recommended daily allowance of proteins for Indian adults is 1 gram per kg body weight every day which mean adult weighing 60 kg requires about 60 grams of protein every day.

According to Ritika Samaddar, Regional Head, Dept of Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, Max Super Specialty Hospital, “Proteins play an important role in the hair development process. As human Hair are approximately 65—95% proteins, hair follicles require a constant supply of proteins and other nutrients including vitamins and iron to build, repair and maintain hair tissues. Lack of proper nourishment can affect hair’s elasticity, strength, and appearance. Factors such as ageing, stress, water quality, heredity, poor eating habits, and daily rigor of life also play a role. In case of nutritional deficiency, your diet can play an important role to provide you the nutritional support for the hair.

Diets should contain all food groups, such as fruits, vegetables, grains and adequate dairy or flesh foods for good quality hair. Unfortunately, due to changing lifestyles and inadequate consumption of food, one may find it difficult to get enough proteins in diet. In such situations, protein supplements can support your nutritional requirements along with regular diet.


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