Nutritionist Shatters Myths About Protein; shares a healthy “protein pizza” recipe

There is a lot of confusion when it comes to including protein in your diet – from how much to consume per day to its source. To help you with the same, nutritionist Pooja Makhija recently took to Instagram to bust some of these myths around protein consumption.

The nutritionist debunked the fact that 73 percent of Indians lack protein and over 90 percent ignore their daily needs.

What are proteins?

Proteins include a section of amino acid residues and differ from each other in terms of amino acid sequencing. They are made up of biomolecules and macromolecules and are important building blocks of bones, muscles, and ligaments. They help the body recover from scars by healing repair tissue and are a vital compound that carries oxygen throughout the body.

The nutritionist added that the majority of mothers (meal planners and primary providers) are confused by so many myths about protein.

– 72% think that proteins are difficult to digest. And therefore should be avoided completely at night.
– 79% think protein is expensive to buy.
– And worse 85% think that the protein leads to weight gain and is only important for bodybuilders.

What is the fact?

* Protein is an essential macronutrient and is important at all stages, but especially in the growth phases of children.

After highlighting the health benefits of protein, Pooja shared a healthy alternative to making everyone’s favorite pizza. Its ‘Protein Pizza’ recipe is rich in protein and speeds up digestion.


Moong dal green drenched overnight
Pizza Sauce
Baking soda


* Reduce the soaked moong dal to a fine paste. Let cool
* Add salt and baking soda to the dough
* Now spread the dough on a saucepan and mix both sides until it is completely cooked.
* Once the moong dal base is cooked, spread the pizza sauce and add the toppings of your choice.
* Add the mushrooms, peppers, cheese and olives to the base.

What’s best is that the dish has a protein intake of 15 grams. We totally recommend it!

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