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November 20, 2010

Eidul Azha a blessing for protein deficient people

National

November 20, 2010

LAHORE
Suffering from protein deficiency, many Pakistanis, including nomads, find Eid-ul-Azha as an opportunity to taste various kinds of meat, at least once a year.
Keeping in view very high prices of mutton and beef, the eid provides the poor with an opportunity to have the food in their menu for some days.
Nomads dry the meat available on the eid. The dried meat called ‘blori’ may be used for about a month without storing it in refrigerators. “We do not have the luxury of refrigerator. We preserve the meat with the help of age-old but simple method’, says Allah Wasaya, who lives at a roadside green belt at the Wahdat Road. He adds, ‘Our family members collect meat from house to house and, after rubbing salt, keep it under the sun for four to five days.’ Thanks to the eid, they enjoy the meat for some days, otherwise they have to remain ‘vegetarian’ for almost the whole year, he adds. It is pertinent to mention that protein, especially animal protein, is necessary for human growth.
According to a study, the poor nutritional status of the poor is mainly due to lack of sufficient energy and protein in the food. Protein plays an important role in the formation of balanced human diet. The human diet in Pakistan is deficient in proteins of animal origin.
According to the study, 66 per cent of the people are deficient in protein.
The requirement of protein is 102 gram per head per day while the available protein is about 70 gram per head per day. The main source of animal protein is beef, mutton, milk, poultry meat and eggs. In the developing countries, like Pakistan, where the population is growing at a faster rate, the gap in production of food, especially of animal origin, is widening year after year, causing serious protein deficiency. —Munawar Hasan

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