India Protein Score – New Report Identifies India’s Top Protein Rich Prepackaged Foods

Right To Protein Tuesday, September 22, 2020 1:20PM IST (7:50AM GMT)   India Protein Score – New Report Identifies India’s Top Protein Rich Prepackaged Foods Honoring the National Nutrition Month, LabelBlind® and Right To Protein introduce India Protein Score – a ready guide for citizens to identify top protein foods and categories   Mumbai, Maharashtra, India LabelBlind®, India’s first food rating system today announced the launch of the India Protein Score, a report that highlights protein content in prepackaged foods and recognizes them as top protein rich prepackaged foods available in the country, to help citizens exercise their Right To Protein this Nutrition Month.  

LabelBlind®, India’s first food rating system today announced the launch of the India Protein Score, a report that highlights protein content in prepackaged foods and recognizes them as top protein rich prepackaged foods available in the country, to help citizens exercise their Right To Protein this Nutrition Month.

This first-of-its kind report is designed to guide consumers in making informed food choices based on the protein values of commonly purchased food and beverage products. Nutrition labels of over 1789 food & beverage products from 150 brands across 18 categories ranging from health food drinks, energy bars, dairy to regular snacks have been given ratings based on their contribution to the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) of protein as established by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

This easy-to-follow report can be downloaded by consumers as a handy guide to identify high protein food products available in the market.

The India Protein Score has been developed in collaboration with Right To Protein, a nationwide public health awareness initiative, as one possible solution to the barriers to protein consumption outlined in The Protein Paradox study launched earlier this year. This study, conducted by Right To Protein with commissioned research agency Nielsen, revealed that most Indian mothers (the food purchase decision markers of most households) do not know their key sources of protein. During the study, majority mothers (81%) were unable to correctly identify protein rich foods presented to them, and instead, incorrectly believed that the basic Indian diet consisting of just roti, dal and rice is enough to meet her family’s daily protein needs. As a result, Indian households hold back protein intake to a pinch with basic staples, as most protein sources remain unidentifiable.

The India Protein Paradox study found that majority Indian households can identify only 3 out of 11 protein-rich food items shown to them. We figured this can be because consumers often struggle to comprehend the nutritional content present on the labels of the prepackaged food items due to its technicality,” says Rashida Vapiwala, founder, LabelBlind®. This is particularly pronounced for protein consumption in India, where protein-rich foods tend to be overlooked by consumers due lack of knowledge and understanding. So we developed the Indian Protein Score to equip Indian citizens with a tool that allows them to make better choices to meet their daily protein requirements,” she adds.

Consumers may refer to the India Protein Score to purchase protein rich prepackaged food products from commonly consumed categories like whole grains, atta, savory snacks, dairy and dairy products, soy products, ready-to-eat meals, bread, breakfast cereals and nut butters among others.

To develop the India Protein Score, LabelBlind® studied the nutrition data of over 6,100 prepackaged food & beverage products using its proprietary assessment tool, making it one of the most comprehensive studies on this subject. Using information declared on the food labels, products were rated on their Protein content along with their Fat, Sodium, Added Sugar values on a scale of 1 to 5. This assessment by LabelBlind® is based on the nutrient labelling guidelines of FSSAI, WHO, USFDA and ICMR, of protein content of foods qualified to be ‘Source of Protein’ or ‘High in Protein’ (FSSAI Advertising & Labelling Regulations, 2018).

As per the ICMR, an average adult requires about 0.8 – 1.0 gram per kg of body weight of protein. The norm in urban areas is 50g of protein per day while in rural areas the norm is 48g of protein per day. This also evidenced in past studies that acknowledge the existence of declining protein intake (Source: NSSO) and protein deficiency in India (Source: IMRB). Therefore, the Right To Protein initiative’s collaboration with LabelBlind® to release the India Protein Score is a step forward to developing sustainable solutions to educate the consumers on the importance of protein, champion its sufficiency and trigger a long-term behavior change among citizens.
About LabelBlind

LabelBlind® is India’s 1st Food Rating System designed and developed by The Nutrition Alchemy; a NutriTech firm that simplifies complex nutrition concepts and democratize principles of nutrition science to bring good health and wellness to people’s lives.

The platform reviews and rates food products based on a proprietary assessment tool that takes into consideration 14 vital nutrition parameters. The assessment model is guided by principles laid down by FSSAI, ICMR, USFDA, WHO and has 8000 products listed, across 120 categories. LabelBlind® customizes product recommendations based on user health profiles. LabelBlind® is free-to-use for consumers and collaborates with the Food Regulator, Food Businesses and Corporates to design nutrition solutions that impact food consumption habits.

For more information, visit the www.labelblind.com OR contact [email protected]
 
About the ‘Right To Protein’ Initiative

Right To Protein is India’s first communications and consumer advocacy initiative supported by several like-minded Indians, individuals, academicians, professionals and institutions and is also supported globally. In its initial phase, the initiative is open for all Indians who would like to join and/or contribute to the initiative in any capacity including providing knowledge, technical support or as promotion partners. Further, this initiative will develop an ecosystem of professionals to drive protein awareness and debunk myths and misconceptions about protein as a critical macro-nutrient for human health. The ecosystem will also aim to improve quality and consistency of different types proteins consumed in India and thereby lead to greater protein consumption by livestock, poultry and pisciculture/aquaculture (fish & shrimp farming).
For more information, visit the www.righttoprotein.com and follow @righttoprotein on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram OR contact: [email protected]

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