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Re: What foods (easyly avalible) contain the most protein in them

Date: Fri Nov 3 09:31:07 2000
Posted By: Elizabeth Kunkel, Faculty, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Clemson University
Area of science: General Biology
ID: 971244852.Gb

The foods which have the highest concentrations of protein are animal foods 
such as meats, eggs, and milk.  Meats typically have about 7 grams of 
protein in 30 grams; an egg also has about 7 grams of protein, and a cup of 
milk has about 8 grams of protein. The next highest concentrations of 
proteins are found in legumes, such as beans and peas.  These typically 
have about 7 grams in 1/2 cup cooked legumes.  Grain products, such as 
wheat and rice, also have some protein (about 3 grams in 1/2 cup cooked 
product). These estimates are based on the American Diabetes 
Association/American Dietetic Association Exchange List system for meal 
planning (For more information, contact the American Dietetic Association 
at   For more precise numbers than this, you can access 
the USDA food 
composition database at  Once there, 
you can type in the name of a food and see how much protein or other 
nutrient the food has.

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