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Protein

Protein is a macrocomponent of the diet. Major dietary sources of Protein include seafood, poultry, meat, legumes (dried beans), milk and milk products, tofu, and nuts. Protein consists as a chain of amino acids linked together.

Major Body Functions

  • Provides amino acids for growth, repair and maintenance of cells
  • Helps to maintain fluid balance
  • Is an energy source (4 Calories per gram of Protein)

Deficiency Symptoms:

  • Kwashiorkor which causes muscle wasting and edema
  • Thin and fragile hair
  • Skin lesions

Excessive Intake and Toxicity Symptoms:

  • May contribute to osteoporosis (thinning bones)
  • May lead to kidney problems
THE BEST SOURCES OF PROTEIN
Food Amount Grams
Halibut 3 ounces 22.7
Salmon 3 ounces 21.6
Ground beef, lean 3 ounces 21.2
Shrimp 3 ounces 17.3
Ham, lean 3 ounces 15.9
Kidney beans 1 cup 15.4
Black beans 1 cup 15.2
Cottage cheese 1/2 cup 14.0
Yogurt, lowfat 1 cup 11.9
Tofu 1/2 cup 11.0
Milk, all types 1 cup 8.0
Egg 1 medium 6.0

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