Protein is the building block of the body, making up our hair, skin, eyes, muscles and organs. The nutrient acts as the repair and construction crew for our body’s tissues, helping us to build strong muscles for simple daily activities in our lives. Hence, adequate consumption of protein is important to keep our bodies running optimally as we stay on top of school and work.
BUT is it as easy as it seems? Nope. According to Indra Balaratnam, Consultant dietitian at Indra Balaratnam Nutrition — The Food Expert Clinic, not all protein is created equal. While everyday food like meat, chicken, eggs, chickpeas and nuts contain protein, some proteins have a more complete amino acid profile than others, making them more valuable to our diet.
“Animal proteins like meat, seafood and eggs are considered more biologically-complete, or higher quality, than plant-based protein. However, all these foods are tedious and time consuming to be prepared or consumed during the morning rush. Overcooking meat and fish also destroys the essential nutrients and impede absorption of these nutrients into our body,” said Indra.
Indra further pointed out that ready-to-drink milk is an excellent choice of protein source because it does not require tedious preparation before consuming. She added: “What many people may not realise is that milk contains high quality protein too! Both meat and milk are richly packed with all nine essential amino acids that are necessary to keep our bodies strong and healthy. The protein in milk is highly digestible as in meat, which basically means the body can efficiently use the nutrient to boost our health,”
Indra recommended Malaysian families refer to the “My Healthy Plate” chart by the Ministry of Health Malaysia as a guide to prepare meals. “It is suggested to fill a quarter of your breakfast plate with carbohydrates, a quarter with protein-rich foods, and half a plate with vegetables and fruits. There are a great variety of foods rich in protein, such as lean meat, poultry, seafood, beans, lentils, taufu, tempeh, and eggs, or you can opt for the easier alternative of drinking a glass of milk to complement your nutritious breakfast,” she said.
The all new Dutch Lady +Protein milk introduces an effortless way for families to get in their much needed calcium and protein hassle-free. It is rich in high-quality protein, high in calcium, and packed with essential nutrients, which will keep your muscles and bones strong. Marketing Director of Dutch Lady Malaysia Consumer Diary, Ramjeet Kaur Virik emphasised that with just two glasses of Dutch Lady +Protein, it will help to fulfill 40% of you and your family’s protein requirements, giving you more energy to take on the day.
Besides containing muscle-building high quality protein, Dutch Lady +Protein is also a gold mine for calcium, which is key to the growth and development of strong bones for children while helping adults maintain healthy bone mass to support a busy and active lifestyle. Not to mention it also contains essential nutrients like Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, and Vitamin D that are crucial to keeping our bodies in tip-top condition.