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Plant based vegetarian sources of protein: How good are they | The Times of India

Plant based vegetarian sources of protein: How good are they | The Times of India

Proteins are called the building blocks of the body and have a very important role in growth and muscle repair. Every cell of the human body contains protein and there are 10,000 varieties of protein in the body which form organs, muscles and even bone, hair and skin tissues. An average woman needs around 46 grams of protein and an average man needs around 56 grams of it. While 100 grams of fish has 22gms of protein, the same amount of meat has around 26-28 gms of it. Most Dals have around 6-7 gms of protein and even soya has around 12 grams of it per 100 gram.

As a result many new grains/foods with higher protein content have made their way to the Indian markets from around the world. Chia seeds, Hemp and the ancient Indonesian food Tempeh which is made from fermented soybeans are becoming popular in the country as most of them have double the amount of protein that the regular native grains have.

According to nutrition expert Dr.Priyanka Marakini, for vegetarians single sources of high protein play a very significant role as one serving takes care of a large part of the daily need. “Protein is a very important macronutrient that 73% of Indians are deficient in – so a good source of protein like tempeh, that is also gut-friendly, aids people to add more protein into their diet.” (Image: istock)

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