When we think of protein as the main building block for our bodies, it is no secret that it is the most talked about nutrient. Protein is a contributor for your muscles, as well as hormones, bones, skin, and blood.
On average, you need 0.8 grams of protein for each kilogram of your bodyweight. This will increase if you are looking to build muscle, are recovering from an illness, or are pregnant and breastfeeding. Growing children also need an extra 28g protein per day above the basic requirement levels to support their rapid growth and development.
How Much Protein is In My Food?
|Food||Protein Content (grams)|
|100g red meat||32-26|
|1 glass milk||7-9|
|1 cup plain yoghurt||9|
|1 cup chickpeas||40|
|1 cup fuul||13|
|¼ cup almonds||6|
When we think of protein, our minds automatically shift to meat and chicken. However, as you can see from the above table protein is available from plant based foods too. Most plant based protein sources differ from animal protein in that they do not contain all of the essential amino acids our bodies need. For this reason, combining different plant sources of protein together means you will be getting all of your needed amino acids. Learn more by reading about plant based protein here.
Plant Protein Combinations:
Wholegrain Rice + Lentils
Beans + Nuts
Wholegrain Bread + Chickpeas
Oats + Dairy
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