Friday, March 15, 2013

Health Pick: How Much Protein Should I Have?

This is a follow up to yesterdays blog about eating less meat products for a protein source. I wanted to put a list together of other sources of protein besides meat. The first thing that comes to mind when you think of protein, is meat. There are so many food sources that provide protein.  

To figure out how much protein you should get in a day, you take your weight and multiply it by .37 to see how much your daily intake should be. ( Example- 200 Lbs. x .37 = 74 grams of protein)  Protein makes up about 16 percent of our total body weight. 

Getting an accurate amount of protein is essential to good health. It is especially important for those who are pregnant. An important thing to remember is the amount of protein in food changes when something is cooked. ( Example- the reduction of spinach when it is cooked. )  

My favorite source of protein is Spirulina and it has 3 to 4 times more protein than beef and fish. Below is a comparison list of meat and plant based foods and their protein content.        

Amount of Protein in Meat  

8oz Steak - 45g protein

8oz Chicken Breast- 42g protein     

8oz Whole Milk- 10g protein 

8oz Salmon - 45g protein 

8oz Pork Chop - 55g protein 

Amount of Protein in Plant Based Foods

1 cup Quinoa - 18g protein 

1 cup Kidney Beans - 13g protein 

1 cup Tofu - 20g protein 

1 cup Soy Milk - 7g protein 

1 cup Peas - 16g protein 

1 cup Corn - 5g protein 

1 cup Broccoli - 3g protein 

1 cup Chickpeas - 14g protein 

1 cup Avocado- 4g protein  

As always consult with your Medical/Health Adviser before trying any new diet or remedy. This is for informational purposes only, not to treat or cure any diseases.