The Indian Curse of protein powders

The Indian Curse of protein powders


FULL DISCLAIMER : We love Protein! And we have nothing against Protein Powders.

But do they fit into our chai-and-chilla lifestyle? Let’s find out.


Did you know that even after so much development and awareness in the Indian food industry, a staggering 73% of urban Indians aren’t getting enough protein in their diets ? This include school going kids. And the solution is not as simple as protein supplements.


While protein supplements might be a good addition in some people’s diets, they do not bridge the nutrition gap for most of us and here is why:

Comfort: As parents (which some of us are) we aren’t comfortable adding powders daily to bridge nutrition gaps for the entire family

False security and advertising: A good diet requires more than just protein. Nutritionists frequently warn that relying too much on supplements can give you a false sense of having a balanced diet, which might lead you to overlook other important dietary needs like fibre, minerals etc. - Public Health Nutrition

High Costs: Regularly opting for quality protein supplements can really add up financially. An analysis of dietary choices revealed that sticking with whole foods for your protein needs tends to be much more budget-friendly - Source: Nutrition Journal

Gastrointestinal Issues : A study published in the journal "Nutrients" has reported that certain protein supplements, particularly those containing lactose or artificial sweeteners, can cause gastrointestinal distress such as gas, bloating, and constipation in sensitive individuals.


Lastly, supplements are not a sustainable cure. The answer to a sustainable and healthy lifestyle might already exist in our own kitchens.

These ingredients are not only more cost-effective but are also known for their nutritional benefits, including being packed with essential vitamins and minerals.
If you are feeling like you lack protein in your diet, start with a slow and steady Macro makeover with 1 g of protein per kg of body weight.
Instead of parathas and poha, kickstart your day with protein-rich options like sprouts salad or lentil chilla dosa — delicious, nutritious, fibrous, full of protein and quintessentially Indian. 


Make tiny changes in your diet to reach your daily protein goal.

Remember, health is not just being disease free, it's when every cell in your body feels strong, happy and Gladful!

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