Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The many sources of protein

In today’s society, when we think of meat, we think of strength and power! To get those muscles you need to pump iron at the gym and eat beef or chicken because it’s packed with protein. GRRRR…. Meat = protein and protein = power! Every since the 1800s we have associated meat with protein, so much so that when we hear "protein" more often than not a burger comes to mind. It seems we’ve forgotten about the famous cartoon character Popeye the sailor main with super strong muscles. Last time I checked he was holding a can of spinach, not meat.

There are MANY other forms of food that will provide you with more than enough protein for your daily requirement. Men aged 19 and up should consume around 56 grams of protein a day. Women aged 19 and up should consume around 46 grams a day. We often eat more than necessary throughout the day.
Here are a few examples of non-meat foods with significant amounts of protein.
Tempeh(a hearty meat substitute). 1 cup = 30g
Quinoa. 1 cup = 24g
Whole wheat pasta. 1 cup = 15g
White beans. 1 cup = 15g
Greek yogurt. 1 serving = 14g
Almonds. 24 almonds = 6g
Whole Wheat English Muffin – 1 muffin = 6g
Brown rice. 1 cup = 5g
Soy products. Depending on the type of product, soymilk, soybeans, tofu, the amount of protein can range from 14-40g.

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