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Originally Posted by JEY100
Seriously? High Protein candy bars and loaded cookie dough ice cream?

10% of energy from protein? Protein RDAs are the MINIMUM needed to prevent frank deficiencies, same as other nutrients, they are not an upper limit. Quoting retired dieticians and food companies doesnít convince me.

from IOF: "Although acid loading or a high protein diet is associated with increased urinary calcium excretion, which may be related to higher intestinal calcium absorption, higher protein intakes, whatever their origin (animal or vegetable), do not appear to be harmful for bone health. In fact, in the elderly, insufficient dietary protein intakes may be a more severe problem than protein excess [1]."

Yeah, most of the food they're claiming is high protein is pretty junky stuff.

Retailers said high-protein food was not based purely on the grams of protein but the proportion of protein as part of the energy value. A product can only be referred to as high-protein if 20 per cent of the energy value of the food is provided by protein, according to labelling regulations.

Since they're basing the "high protein" claim on the caloric percentage of protein of the given food (not on typical serving size) - essentially anything that has a protein proportion that has always more than met that criteria - they can now actually REDUCE the amount of protein in the product and label it "high protein".

No wonder the high protein Chicken Tikka Masala has less than their regular version. Expect more of that to show up in the stores as manufacturers' older stock with a higher protein content is replaced by "high protein" new stock.

M&S said its high-protein spaghetti bolognese had additional ingredients such as fresh baby spinach, rapeseed oil and red peppers. A spokeswoman said: ďCustomers are more aware than ever of the benefits of eating a high-protein diet and are looking for more exciting and convenient ways to increase their protein intake.

Protein content of

Spinach: 2.9 g/100 g
rapeseed oil: 0 g/100 g
Red peppers: 0.9g/100g

No doubt some those are added into the bolognese to reduce the number of overall calories, and boost the percentage of protein to that critical 20% mark.

Just as an example of how this can work - I found ingredients and nutrition stats for bolognese on a NZ website. Of course I'm assuming bolognese is made very similarly in the UK:

Ingredients: Bolognese Sauce (62%) (Crushed Tomato (Tomato, Tomato Puree, Salt, Food Acid (330)), Beef Stock (Water, Beef Bone, Vegetables (Onion, Carrot, Celery, Garlic), Tomato Paste (Tomatoes, Salt) Herbs, Spices, Salt), Beef Mince, Onion, Carrot, Celery, Sugar, Garlic), Cooked Spaghetti (Pasta Spaghetti (Durum Wheat Semolina, Water), Water, Olive Oil), Parmesan Cheese (Contains Milk).

And the nutrition stats:

Average Quantity per 100g
Energy 711kJ (112Cal)
Protein 10.5g
Fat, Total - Saturated 9.2g 3.2g
Carbohydrate - Sugars 10.1 2.89g
Sodium 195mg

With 112 cals/100 g, 20% of that means they would only need 22.4 calories worth of protein to be considered "high protein".

The current product has 42 calories of protein/100 g, so they can easily reduce the beef mince and parmesan by half and make up for the overall volume of food in the jar by using some spinach and red peppers - both of which contribute minute amounts of protein... and Voila - high protein bolognaise with half the protein of the original!

JEY - you are spot-on about the recommended protein amounts - They're so pitifully low.

In the US the amount of protein per serving is still listed on the package nutrition facts label, but the RDA of protein is not on most foods any more, so it's tough to even figure out what the RDA of protein is in the US - but the FDA website says we only need 50g/day. (which by the way just happens to be the same RDA as added sugars)
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