Eliminating Protein Deficiency -Pakistan poultry Association
Eliminating Protein Deficiency and Making Healthier Pakistan
As a Nation, we are neither deficient in carbohydrates nor in lipids(Fats) but we are severely deficient in protein and according to authentic reports one person needs 27 grams of protein per day to maintain health and to perform daily activities with vigilance and to maintain the active immunity against common diseases but in Pakistan each and every person is just getting barely 17 gram protein per day on an average and exceptions are always there while we see the protein consumption of developed countries then we came to know that it is way more than 27 grams and contribute a key factor in the hard work of these nations making them top developed countries like United States of America and Europe etc.
Before discussing about elimination of protein deficiency we must know that how much dangerous protein deficiency is and why we need to fill up that gap and you must tell me your sincere opinions about protein deficiency cop up.
So, here a few disadvantages which are inflicted upon us due to our negligence in consuming protein to the minimum recommended levels.
Research says. “If you eat too few calories, your body will use the protein you do eat for energy instead of building muscle, Ultimately, if you aren’t getting enough protein, that probably means you aren’t eating enough calories, you’re following a bizarre or unhealthy diet, or you have some digestive imbalances.
2. Muscle weakness or muscle wasting:
Middle-aged men may experience sarcopenia, a natural loss of muscle mass due to aging, and they may lose even more muscle if they’re not getting enough protein in their daily diets.
3. Liver problems:
Protein deficiency and liver disease are often lumped together, according to research from the Annual Review of Nutrition. Without protein, your liver struggles to remove lipids and detox.
If your body isn’t properly nourished by protein, you’re prone to lack vitamin B-12 and folate, which can spur anemia—a condition where your body doesn’t produce enough red blood cells. This can also cause low blood pressure and fatigue.
Your overall immunity may suffer, which could take the form of getting sick regularly or taking longer to recover, Your immune cells are made from proteins, so you’re going to suffer a domino effect if your diet isn’t balanced.
6. Food cravings:
Oddly enough, constant food cravings and increased hunger can point to a deficiency. “Needing snacks between meals may be the consequence of a diet high in carbs and sugar and low in protein. “Protein evens out blood sugar highs and lows,” so it can regulate your hunger.
7. Slow recovery from injuries:
Just as your immunity takes a hit, your body’s ability to heal and rebuild new cells, tissue, and skin can be impeded by a lack of protein.
8. Hair, skin, and nail troubles:
Thinning hair, peeling skin, and ridges in your nails are some of the first signs your body may not have enough protein.
9. Brain fog:
Short bursts of mental energy, followed by a looming fog may be related to fluctuating blood sugar and lack of protein.
The list continues but to discuss all of them is beyond the scope of this article.
How to Eliminate it?
The solution is to consume balanced diets having enough protein but if we see in the perspective of Pakistan then how a country in which more than 35%population is below the poverty line and have to struggle the whole day to make the ends meet and majority is middle class and not have enough income to buy the red meat of small ruminants(Sheep, Goat)i.e Mutton and even cannot buy the beef.
The one and only rational and feasible way is to cope up this crisis is Poultry and if we follow the daily recommended usage of poultry then soon we would be out of this protein deficiency crisis.
For any queries Contact:
Dr. Wahaj Ahmed
DVM from UVAS, Lahore main Campus.
(Your suggestions and criticism are always well awaited)