Do Protein Requirements Remain The Same Throughout Life? Nutritionist Nmami Agarwal Busts Some Common Myths

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Do Protein Requirements Remain The Same Throughout Life? Nutritionist Nmami Agarwal Busts Some Common Myths

It is a myth that protein is only required by body builders/athletes

Protein is an essential macronutrient that performs many crucial functions in the body. It is required for well-being from top to toe. Protein is present in skin, hair, muscles, organs as well as the skeletal system. It also functions as various hormones and enzymes. It provides structure to your body and is actively involved in repairing any wear and tear of tissues and muscles. We all know that we need to consume protein every day. But, are we doing it the right way?

Common myths about protein consumption that you must stop believing

Myth 1: You can’t get enough protein from a vegetarian or plant-based diet

Fact- To make a food source touted as “complete” protein it should be able to provide all the 9 essential amino acids that the body cannot produce on its own. While most of the animal products are regarded as complete sources of protein, many plant-based food sources also provide the essential amino acids. Soy and its products are excellent in high quality complete protein. Quinoa is also rich in plant based protein and so is buckwheat. Essentially when you combine rice with pulses- it becomes a complete meal within itself. High quality plant-based protein is also found in chickpeas, kidney beans, walnuts, sesame seeds, chia seeds, and oats.