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Nutritionists suggest regular protein intake.

Nutritionists at a seminar have suggested the people to consume protein regularly in bid to build a healthier nation. "Consumption of eggs and chickens ensures balanced food and sound health for the people of all ages," they said. They were speaking at a seminar titled "Protein For All" jointly organised by the Bangladesh Poultry Industry Central Council (BPICC) and US Soybean Export Council (USSEC) at a city hotel on Saturday night. Bishwa Sahitta Kendro founder and chief executive Professor Abu Sayeed was present as the chief guest. President of World's Poultry Science Association, Bangladesh branch, Fazle Rahim Khan Shahriar, USSEC consultant Pauan Kumar, Nutrition departmental head of BIRDEM General Hospital Shamsunnahar Nahid, renowned coronary experts Kalpana Rahman and Rahima Sultana were present as special guests. Bangladesh Poultry Industry Central Council (BPICC) president Mashiur Rahman presided over the function.

Professor Abu Sayeed said eggs and poultry meat are the cheaper source of protein in the country. Fazle Rahim Khan Shahriar said that the government is working to increase per capita egg consumption to 140 annually. "We do not want to be dependent on imported fish, meat, eggs, and milk. The government is firm on eliminating malnutrition from the country," he added. Shamsunnahar Nahid said "Eggs are the cheapest animal protein in the country.

For building a healthy nation and meritorious future generation we have to eat more eggs." In the seminar, USSEC consultant Pauan Kumar said, poultry eggs contained top quality protein with the presence of all essential amino acids in right ratios which can help build the human body, increase muscle mass, lower BP and develop immunity. The eggs can be the major source of protein for pregnant mothers and children, he added. It also contains excellent source of choline which is must for memory and brain development. As 95 per cent brain development happened within five years of birth, Shamsunnahar Nahid suggested pregnant women should have at least one egg a day which will directly help the baby in the womb develop brain functions.

BPICC President Mashiur Rahman said although the poultry industry has some Tk 35,000 crore of investment and huge employment creations, it is facing some challenges. This industry will be doubled in the next one decade. He urged the government to cut the taxes on maize and other poultry feed ingredients to facilitate the local industry's development. The government should allow import of necessary vaccine for the poultry birds, he added. Mashiur also called for working together with the government for punishing the dishonest feed millers who produces toxic-food for the poultry farms.

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Publication:The News Today (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Date:Aug 5, 2019
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