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3 Apr

How to Eat Enough Protein

Mark tries to eat about 1 gram of protein per pound of body mass each day and suggests many others do the same to maintain lean body mass. But what does 100-150 grams of protein look like in terms of actual food? Do you know how much protein is in a single chicken breast? How about a six ounce steak? Fish, nuts, eggs, even vegetables? We’ll shoot for a picture of 150 grams of protein and break this down to what it could look like in a given day.

Beef (6 oz.) – 54 grams
Turkey, breast (6 oz.) – 51.4 grams
Pork Chop (6 oz.) 49 grams
Turkey, dark meat (6 oz.) – 48.6 grams
Hamburger (6 oz.) – 48.6 grams
Chicken, dark meat (6 oz.) – 47.2 grams
Tuna (6 oz.) – 40.1 grams
Broiled Beefsteak (6 oz.) – 38.6 grams
Chicken, breast (6 oz.) – 37.8 grams
Ham (6 oz.) – 35.4 grams
Salmon (6 oz.) – 33.6 grams

Cottage cheese (1 cup) – 28.1 grams
Yogurt, low fat (1 cup) – 10.7 grams
Skim milk (1 cup) – 8.3 grams
Whole milk (1 cup) – 8 grams
American cheese (1 oz.) – 7 grams
Soymilk (6 oz.) – 6.7 grams
Egg (1 large) – 6.3 grams

Meat Substitutes, Beans and Legumes, Nuts
Veggie Burger (6 oz.) – 51.4 grams
Tofu (6 oz.) – 13.8 grams
Peanut Butter (2 Tbsp.) – 8.1 grams
Almond Butter (2 Tbsp.) – 7 grams
Lentils (1/2 cup) – 9 grams
Split Peas (1/2 cup) – 8.1 grams
Kidney Beans (1/2 cup) – 7.6 grams
Sesame Seeds (1 oz.) – 7.5 grams
Black Beans (1/2 cup) – 7.5 grams
Garbanzo Beans (1/2 cup) – 7.3 grams
Green Peas (1/2 cup) – 4.1 grams

Fruits and Vegetables
Orange (large) – 1.7 grams
Banana (medium) – 1.2 grams
Green Beans (1/2 cup) – 1 gram
Carrots (1/2 cup) – .8 gram
Apple (large) – 0 grams

Obviously, the meats among the group are the best bet for protein. In looking at this list with the context of the 150 gram goal, it’s important to eat good protein sources at every meal. Check out our recipe posts for some ideas. We’d suggest giving a “protein” diary a shot if you’re concerned about protein intake.

So, tell us how you get your protein in each day and any other thoughts.

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Further Reading:

Pondering Protein: How much protein should I be eating?

How much protein should Apurva be eating?

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  1. I pretty much eat meat, fish, or eggs at every meal, with dairy as a protein supplement and variety. I do eat nuts, too, but more as a garnish or snack.

    Despite all the earnest and helpful suggestions from vegetarians and vegans about plant proteins, there is no way I could get a tolerable amount of high quality protein from plant sources, let alone an optimal amount, because I also have to limit starches to keep my blood glucose in the normal range (to avoid going from prediabetic to diabetic). I also avoid soy (except occasional condiment sized servings of fermented soy, as in natural soy sauce and miso) because it is not good for my thyroid function. Even if that wasn’t a problem, I think there are a lot of other excellent reasons to avoid a high consumption of soy.

    Anna wrote on April 3rd, 2008
    • YOu must be a bit slow. No vegetarian has ever keeled over and died by not getting enough protein.In fact its hype. Your body doesnt even need half of the amount of protein you think you do. There is major health issues with consuming too much protein aswell.educate yourself. Life expectancy is alot less for meat eaters than vegetarians because of all the saturated fat which will eventually line your arteries with plaques. Milk is for calves not humans Look at the damage you are doing with a massive carbon footprint you leave by eating a piece of meat every day.its not economical, not environmentally friendly and especially not kind to the animals either! You savage cannibal. Anyway Legumes are a poor source of protein

      Elaine wrote on February 6th, 2013
      • Why are you on this website, if these are your beliefs? The PB focuses on a high protein diet, the scientific benefits of grass fed, hormone free saturated fat (like omega-3’s) over grain-fed, hormone saturated commercial meat (omega-6’s), and eating locally grown meats and produce – extremely environmentally friendly. Just read the many articles available on this website, and their citations. There are ways to live vegan and Primal, but eating local generally means supporting small farms that treat animals more humanely (in life and death). It also means better produce. Commercial produce/grain production leaves a larger carbon footprint than pastured beef, you should know.,9171,1953692,00.html

        The MDA community welcomes polite, scientifically-backed arguments, but yours has neither of those elements. It does have a lot of terrible grammar, however. Also, a cannibal is someone who eats their own species, and Anna didn’t say anything about snacking on human meat. When you troll a website to point the education finger, just remember – there are three pointing back at you.

        Whitney wrote on February 27th, 2013
        • Damn straight.

          A Concerned Cannibal wrote on March 4th, 2013
        • Human could potentially fit into PB eating…

          N-FETT wrote on April 24th, 2013
      • To say that legumes are a poor protein but not suggest a good source is unhelpful, as is name calling. With such poor grammar, punctuation, and propaganda spewing, no point can be well made. Maybe you are the one who needs an education?

        ERic wrote on February 27th, 2013
      • Go troll somewhere else and look up the definition of what cannibalism means.

        the bat wrote on February 28th, 2013
      • Lol

        N-FETT wrote on April 24th, 2013
      • I’m sorry, I was a vegetarian (and a very health conscious one at that) for 12 years. I ate a balanced diet with lots of beans, lentils and fresh vegetables. I avoided processed foods and eggs and dairy due to allergies.
        I had a severe protein defiviency which the doctors tell me has given me osteoarthritis all through my body. I wish that a vegetarian diet was the best thing for us but from my experiences this s not the case. I have been eating red meat (I don’t really like chicken and fish) for 3 weeks now and all if a sudden the debilitating exhaustion that has plagued me my whole adult life has gone. If vegetarianism suits you then that’s great, I’m happy for you. But it doesn’t suit everyone and misinformation spread around by otherwise vegetarians about the significance if protein has resulted in me having a debilitating disease in my 20s

        Natalie wrote on June 28th, 2013
        • Does anyone ever wonder how equines and bovines reach such incredible size and mass. Do people ever think to apply critical thinking to an obvious problem.

          Nothing can be built without protein. End of discussion. So our four chambered stomach friends actually feed enormous colonies of echoli. That’s all protein, which they cultivate by feeding them fermented grass from their first chamber.

          So they at not technically vegitarian, they are massively symbiotic with huge bacteria colonies.

          Some peeps are well meaning and all, but very misinformed. And some even in the face of unassailable evidence will cling to an ideology. Almost all other animals are omnivore and consume as much protein as possible.

          Pablo wrote on June 29th, 2013
      • You should talk about being slow, and education! Fat is good for you! Vegetarians get sick, if they don’t get B12-Vitamins, which is why most Vegetarians take B12 Supplements, which is ironic, as it comes from Meat 😛 Just like most Vegetarians love Candy, but forgets the food colours, and Gelatine, also comes from Bugs and Cows 😉

        And saying Legumes is a poor source of Protein, is quite stupid, as Lentils, Mung Beans and Soy Beans ( Just to mention a few ) are respectfully 26, 25 and 36 gr per 100 gr.

        Ole wrote on October 17th, 2013
        • Bacteria are responsible for producing vitamin B12 neither animals nor plants, irony

          kieran wrote on November 4th, 2013
      • Your diet doesn’t seem to be helping your mood. Go eat a steak, and you’ll feel better.

        (I recently switched to paleo after being a vegan and gaining 40 pounds and feeling like crap. I was diagnosed with a mood disorder. So I’m serious. Eat a certified humane and grass fed steak.)

        Amy wrote on July 16th, 2014
        • I’m late to this party, but man, being vegetarian made me depressed and fat as well.

          Arthur wrote on March 18th, 2015
        • tell’m

          greg miller wrote on April 17th, 2016
      • I would just like to point out that in almost every dietary class on the planet, protein is one of the base needs of the human body. To add to that, EVERY biology class that you can take will also state that cells, hair, nails, skin, organs, hormones, and fluids produced by the human body are made primarily out of PROTEIN.
        As a side-note, I would advise for you to spell and grammar check your cynical rants before you call another person “a bit slow”. By doing so, you may not be viewed as a complete asshole by the rest of the world. People like you are the reason for “the carbon footprint” and while it is true that there is a massive problem, if there weren’t so many leeches to society such as yourself, the footprint wouldn’t be nearly as large. You are acting as a weight on the rest of the world’s shoulders and it doesn’t take a 12 year-old child to see that. Don’t “keel” the planet.

        Ken wrote on March 31st, 2016
      • who wants to eat rabbit food all the time? The one who does is the slow(read IGNORANT) one

        greg miller wrote on April 17th, 2016
  2. Anna–

    Have you looked at plant proteins in supplement form? Like rice protein or hemp protein? They’re typically much less processed than soy or whey protein, and dont contain the GMO’s or other weird chemicals that most protein supplements have.

    Kyle wrote on April 3rd, 2008
    • Interesting, however much of these don’t provide the amounts of protein I’m looking for, but thanks!! 😀

      Chris wrote on February 1st, 2014
  3. Meat…Eggs….Meat….limit seafood for less Mercury intake….chicken I don’t like too much, as I crave now more fat with my meat…and chicken is too lean.

    I used to waste tons of money on Whey protein shakes….no longer.

    Mike OD - IF Life wrote on April 3rd, 2008
    • And you think the air is lovely and clean, the water is from heavens gates. Contaminants in just about every single item of food on this planet!!!!!Mercury in fish??>> thats the least of your problems!

      Elaine wrote on February 6th, 2013
  4. “Have you looked at plant proteins in supplement form? ”

    No, I haven’t. Rice or hemp protein would be preferable to whole food animal-origin protein because…?

    Anna wrote on April 3rd, 2008
  5. Kyle,

    I just read my reply to your suggestion and realized I might have sounded too flippant. Sorry, that wasn’t my intent, and you probably wouldn’t know about my goal to reduce my consumption of industrially processed & packaged foods. Nor would you know how much I really appreciate many forms of meat protein.

    I just googled rice protein and hit on NutriBiotic brand rice protein powder, if only because I recognized the brand as sold at nearby stores. 1 heaping tablespoon (15 gm) serving = 12 grams protein.

    Also, since rice is usually consumed with legumes or some other protein source to make a complete protein because it is lacking in some essential amino acids, I’m not sure it would contain all the amino acids in the right ratios for me.

    I also tend to avoid hydrolyzed vegetable proteins.

    I suppose it could work as a supplement or to fill in some protein gaps in a pinch, but I doubt it would be a good major source of protein for any length of time.

    But thanks for the suggestion.

    Anna wrote on April 3rd, 2008
    • you are TRYING to reduce your consumption of pre-packaged foods??!! how is that difficult. just buy real food, just grow real organic food, just go hunting for real food or have your own chicken/rabbits/ etc., on your property. i grew up in the suburbs and this was possible.

      dana pallessen wrote on October 31st, 2012
  6. Mike OD,
    I still waste tons of money on protein shakes. Half my friends say “don’t do soy” the other half say “don’t do whey.” Obviously natural sources are best, but I’m not Rocky, I can’t swallow 6 raw eggs for breakfast, and I don’t have enough time to scramble them up. Anyone want to “whey” in?

    Stan wrote on April 3rd, 2008
    • I am an Olympic athlete and have tried lots of protein powders and supplements. Vega Whole food optimizer is the BEST protein, plus, plus, plus powder on the market. Plus it is all natural. With minimal processing making it easy to digest and assimilate.

      Jai-lea wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  7. Hi,

    I was wondering about this recently – I’ve often been trying to cram as much protein as possible into my diet, but sometimes as a result I end up stuffing down far too many total calories, seemingly more than than I could possibly burn on the 1-mile swim I typically do. Is this okay? Is it better to hit the protein quota, even if I feel overfull?

    Travis wrote on April 3rd, 2008
    • Here is the best diet advice I was given – eat real food, mostly plants, and not to much. Protein is essential to life, but try not to go overboard on animal proteins.

      Jai-lea wrote on September 23rd, 2009
    • overdoing protein is VERY HARMFUL for your health.
      Complex carbs is a crock of shit. You shouldnt be eating any carb no wheat grains etc . Veges are the best source

      Elaine wrote on February 6th, 2013
  8. For the meats, are the weights listed cooked weight or precooked weight?

    Justin wrote on April 3rd, 2008
  9. Hi Mark-

    Few questions-

    * Back in my weight lifting days, it was generally known to consume 1g/lb body weight/day. Is 150g your target because you weigh around that much and lift weights, or is that what the ‘average’ person should consume?

    * I will admit, I am totally buying into your primal blueprint theory (only been reading for a few months). Maybe I should do some more research (send me a link if that’s the case), but in terms of Gork’s availabile animal protein – do you think he had that much animal protein available to consume that much everyday? Or is your current/recommended protein intake based on other theories/facts?

    Thanks a bunch!


    Ryan Denner wrote on April 3rd, 2008
    • there were millions upon millions of animals back then and many millions fewer humans. yes, there was animal protein available.

      dana pallessen wrote on October 31st, 2012
      • Yes, but how many animals would Grok have killed and eaten in a day?

        Granted, if six ounces of beef is 50g of protein, well you do the math on one, 800lb wild cow. 😉

        Satheian wrote on January 25th, 2013

          Elaine wrote on February 6th, 2013
    • Supposedly the Huns would kill a deer and gorge on pounds and pounds of meat in one sitting. And they were big, strong men, and excellent warriors. Not to mention, all of our ancestors would eat the organs, too!

      Gregory wrote on March 16th, 2013
  10. I eat 1.5 grams per pound of body weight. Right now I am eating around 250 grams of protein per day. This comes from chicken, fish, cottage cheese, whey protein, milk, eggs, ground beef (grass fed!), as well as from other sources like beans.

    Of course, I lift weights, as should EVERYONE.

    Barry wrote on April 4th, 2008
    • Howdy Barry,

      I know it’s an old comment, but do you still eat this much protein each day? I’m curious what your diet has evolved into. I’ve been moving my level up,and i’m just shifting up to 250ish but getting pretty bored of the same stuff and thought we might compare notes.


      Drw wrote on December 5th, 2015
  11. Stan – the problem with any whey based powder is it gets absorbed and is gone out of your system in an hour…hence you need like 10 shakes a day. Eating whole foods that have protein and fat (like steak and eggs) can take 4-6 hours to digest. You want that slow steady stream of amino acids all day long feeding those muscles. So eating more real food you actually need less protein overall…there are tons of people who can gain on 1g/lb of bodyweight with only real foods….but if you make it all powders then they need like 1.5g or higher. All our demands are different but hands down the whole food trumps any supplement…oh yeah since it provides other things like EFAs that actually increase nitrogen retention….hence less muscle loss. Funny how whole foods just work and supplements can’t compete…and cost 10x more. Eat more fat in your diet and you spare more muscle…so less dietary protein is needed. That and excessive protein oxidation will only lead to increase free radicals and accelerated ageing (I did a thing on about the dangers of high protein here:

    Mike OD - IF Life wrote on April 4th, 2008
    • I don’t really care how late I am to this thread. Since this is my first time reading it, it’s new to me. But I am curious as to where people are getting their numbers for whey protein costing 10x more than the meat. 18 bucks gets you a 2 lb container of whey protein at kroger. About 27 scoops per container and 20 grams of protein per scoop. That’s 540 grams for 18 bucks. Chicken breast costs around 3 bucks per pound, 2.66(how many 6 oz servings in a lb) X 37 = roughly 98. Round up to 100 to make things simple. 18 bucks of chicken will get around 6 lbs so then 600 grams of protein for the same price. Now the cost per gram of the protein in whey protein is marginally higher. Keyword is marginally. Not 10x or even extremely higher. But whey protein is easier to keep, as well as easier to prepare. Just keep on a shelf and add water. I am not against one side or the other, except for the ignorant fool who keeps calling non vegans cannibals. But the point is that whey protein is not extremely expensive compared to meats. I don’t get the reasoning behind saying you need less protein from meat since it takes longer to digest. If it’s not enough protein then it’s not enough. If it’s too much then it’s too much. The body can store excess amino acids in the muscle for around 24 hours. So saying that you need less protein from meat doesn’t make sense. Also to imply that someone using protein shakes only consumes the shakes is absurd. It is not possible to get all you need from protein shakes, and anyone who drinks them will tell you the same. Just like it’s not possible to get all you need from eating just meat. To imply shakes are idiotic, but then include other variables on your point, doesn’t provide a fair argument.

      Nick wrote on September 12th, 2015
  12. Transitiong from veganism to omnivorism has been difficult, and I still find myself rarely getting 1g protein per lb. of body weight. On those days that I actually track my protein consumption, it comes in somewhere around 80 to 90g, and that’s including one protein shake (pea or soy protein, which contains roughly 30g protein).

    The amount of protein the the plant sources seems simply dismal, and my body, suffering from IBS as it is, can’t handle large amounts of tofu, tempeh, gluten or processed soy meat analogs.

    It seems that, for now, at least, I’ll be stuck not getting enough protein until I can figure something else out. I’m reluctant to start eating red meat, poultry, fish, etc., and am currently limited to the occasional serving of Greek yogurt, eggs or scallops, my only sources of animal ingredients, other than infrequent use of honey.

    I wish it were simpler to make the transition, but, since I was vegan for so long (roughly 10 years), it’s difficult to break from it completely all of a sudden. In light of MDA and Art’s blog, as well as Michael Pollan’s books, I no longer think veganism is the way to go, and am now of the opinion that humans probably should eat meat, as it is seemingly part and parcel of our design. However, I don’t think my family’s onboard with this platform, and it’s difficult to be the odd man out in such situations.

    What’s had me more concered about getting enough protein lately, other than my research, is my beginning lifting weights. I started about a month ago and now lift 2 or 3 times per week, steadily increasing the weight each week. I’ve noticed a lot of improvement in strength since I began. Delayed onset muscle soreness has been minimal, as I think I’m still trying to learn to do the lifts properly, not going for very heavy weights. Most of the time, I notice that ancillary muscles are sore, not the main targets for my lift. I have yet to feel my quads fatigue from squats, mainly it’s my groin (abductors? adductors?), and I’ve noticed that just keeping my core tight throughout the lifts seems to cause more soreness than the targeted muscle groups, such that it’s mainly my posterior chain and butt that’s feeling fatigued. I guess that’s what you get for slouching at a desk for years.

    I’m wondering if the lack of soreness and seemingly speedy recovery means my body is doing okay with the work load and my current protein consumption. If I required more protein than I’m getting now, wouldn’t I be sore longer and have difficulty recovering? Could it be I’m not getting enough but my body is not showing tell-tale signs of protein deprivation? I’m not sure, and, as such, I haven’t switched fully back into omnivorism (including the red meat, poultry, fish, etc.)

    Mike Drew wrote on April 4th, 2008
    • i stopped being a vegetarian when i had a heart attack. 7 reasons to eat beef you are not aware of on allwomenstalk website

      dana pallessen wrote on October 31st, 2012
  13. What veggie burger are they using that has 51 g of protein in it??? I’ve never seen a veg burger with more than 15. Is it a homemade veg burger? Can you post the recipe? Is it made with soy protein?

    charlotte wrote on April 4th, 2008
    • Yeah, that number is way off. The highest ones have about 19-22 grams of protein. Moophrey (by Ezekiel), the gardein beef-less burger, and the Amie’s quarter pounder are in that range.

      – Matthew

      Matthew wrote on December 5th, 2011
  14. Mike Drew,

    Have you ruled out a hernia causing that ancillary weight lifting discomfort? Just a thought.

    Anna wrote on April 4th, 2008
  15. Clearly one needs to eat meat to obtain satisfactory amounts of natural protein.

    I side with whey over soy and do have a low-carb shake for breakfast on weekdays. It tides me through until lunch.

    Oxybeles wrote on April 4th, 2008

      Elaine wrote on February 6th, 2013
      • cool story bro.

        the bat wrote on February 28th, 2013
      • That was the average life expectancy, which took into account infant mortality, accidental death, and untreated infections and diseases. Genetically paleo man had the same lifespan we do. Put Grok into a suit and tie, give him the medical care we get today, and he’d live to be 80. Your shouting and screaming falsehoods and nonsense is tiresome.

        Frank wrote on April 24th, 2013
      • You dont look happy. Life expectancy in paleolithic times has little to do with diet dumbass. Life was hard and times dangerous. If you are happy being vegetarin cool. I was vegetarian for 12 years and i was fat and prediabetic unhappy so let us eat our grassfed steak in peace.

        greta wrote on August 15th, 2013
  16. I’ve had a physical recently, and everything was fine. I think I’m just not used to performing the movements. The soreness was most intense a month ago, when I first started lifting. I just don’t think my body enjoyed using all these muscles it probably never has to use, being as I sit at a desk for 8 hours a day, admittedly, with poor posture. I find that when I lift, I’m forced to have good posture and forced to keep everything tight so that my form doesn’t degenerate, causing me to squat or deadlift with a hunched back. It’s training these seldom-used muscles that’s been more of a pain (literally) than training the target muscle groups.

    Mike Drew wrote on April 4th, 2008
  17. My converter says 6 ounces is 170g. Not sure how this relates to the posts above

    ob wrote on April 4th, 2008
  18. Mike OD,
    Wow man, thanks for the info. I had a feeling powder protein didn’t whey out right (okay, done with the puns). I recently bought some stuff called Nitro Xtreme 92(Xtreme!!!!!!!!!…!). The bottle has a little chart showing the four different types of whey included and how they nourish your body for up to four hours, but it doesn’t have any breakdown of the types of whey. I’m starting to feel like the label is pretty much hype.

    Stan wrote on April 4th, 2008
    • eat real food. eat real meat. eat real fruits, vegies, nuts. REAL, ORGANIC, GRASS-FED FOOD!!!!

      dana pallessen wrote on October 31st, 2012
  19. Mike Drew, did it ever occur to you that maybe the gluten is causing your IBS? I am in the process of being tested for celiac/gluten intolerance and didn’t want an IBS diagnosis w/out ruling out other possibilities (I don’t know that I believe “IBS” is an actual disease, I think it means “I don’t know so I’ll pick some BS name and call it a disease”). Anyway, just thought I’d throw that out there for you to consider since you mentioned IBS and gluten. Gluten can do a number on a sensitive person.

    Nancy S wrote on April 5th, 2008
  20. To Nancy S: Yes, I’ve thought about the gluten angle before, and have had both a blood test for celiac disease and a biopsy of my small bowel during an endoscopy. Both tests were negative. I almost wish I were allergic to gluten, as the seemingly simple solution of eliminating wheat from my diet would be much easier than dealing with whatever phantoms haunt my digestive system.

    I actually just met with my gastroenterologist last week, and he said that, by all the tests they’ve done so far (colonoscopy, endoscopy, small bowel series, blood tests [anemia, thyroid issues]) I’m perfectly healthy. Apparently my stomach and intestines just hate me.

    I still try to stay away from seitan though. A piece of toast here and there doesn’t bother me at all, but seitan gives me serious indigestion.

    Mel Practice wrote on April 5th, 2008
    • I’m in the same boat as you. I have very sensitive intestines. I was diagnosed as having IBS many years ago, which, like Nancy said, I think is the medical establishment’s term for “I don’t know what’s wrong with your bowels.” I’ve had all those tests — except the biopsy — and like yours, they were all negative. However, my chiropractor said that one can be sensitive to gluten without it showing up in both the blood and stool tests for celiac disease or gluten allergy. She suggested that I avoid gluten for a couple of weeks and see what happens. Sure enough, there was a distinct improvement. However, it only lasted for about 3 months, after which, even though I avoided gluten, I was back to where I started. However, I think it would be worthwhile for you to try eliminating gluten from your diet for 2 or 3 weeks to see what happens. I am now trying out the Primal diet, and am having good days and bad days. Can’t pin down what may be causing the bad days. Good luck to you!

      Susan wrote on November 21st, 2011
      • Hi Mel Practice

        Perhaps an antibodies test is what you’d like to ask for. It was once called the Shilling Test and could shed some light on your digestive problems?

        Annette Macintosh wrote on October 7th, 2013
    • FYI, blood tests for celiac disease and intestinal biopsy’s are notorious for giving false negatives. It depends on how severe the damage is to the intestines as to whether or not they will come back with a positive result. You can also have what is known as Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity which can have much of the same symptoms as celiac disease without the autoimmune response. There is test for IgA or IgG antibodies (different than the blood test that looks for chemical markers of celiac disease) that CAN come back positive for someone with NCGS but even that’s not guaranteed. Finally, there is a gene test that is offered by Enterolab that can determine if you have either of the genes for celiac disease or the gene for NCGS. Not a determining factor in having active celiac or NCGS but it will let you know if you are susceptible. Bottom line, the only REAL way to determine if you are gluten sensitive is to go off gluten for 1-2 months (recommended only after having the blood, biopsy and antibody tests as those are affected by the lack of gluten in the diet).

      navoff wrote on January 2nd, 2013
    • TOAST IS THE WORST THING TO EAT >> ITS A CARB AND CONVERTS INTO GLUCOSE. DONT EAT ANY PROCESSED FOODS AT ALL, NO CEREALS, NO RICE, NO BREAD, NO CARBS AT ALL. too much carbs create HAVOC in your digestive system . Eat only fresh organic fruit and veges

      Elaine wrote on February 6th, 2013
      • Elaine-

        Chill out a bit, and knock off the ALL CAPS. Insulting & dogging people isn’t helping making your points.

        fyi fruits, veggies & legumes all contain CARBS!

        Perhaps you mean to condemn “refined” carbs?

        Show me the research that says too much (how much?) protein is bad.

        Also show me record of purely vegetarian societies…

        Bob wrote on February 25th, 2013
  21. Oops. I didn’t realize my wife was still logged in, so that Mel Practice post above is really from me.

    Mike Drew wrote on April 5th, 2008
  22. This was really useful! I was surprised to see how little protein eggs have by comparison. Good to know as I often rely on one or 2 eggs to provide the protein at breakfast or in a salad.

    Lady G wrote on April 6th, 2008
  23. Nice grub picture! But here are the juiciest grubs… on a stick!

    missbossy wrote on April 6th, 2008
  24. Green = FEAR = HATE = Violence = Suffering

    Splitter wrote on April 25th, 2008
  25. I would like to know why 6 oz. of tuna is saying it’s only 13-15g of protein on the label, but posted on this site as having 40.1g?? Are you not speaking of canned tuna?? Another thing, this site says peanut butter is 8.1g, but, again, the label reads 7g. Are you speaking of regular peanut butter, or natural peanut butter(in which you have to mix the oil on top by stirring) One more thing, I thought the chicken breast contained more protein than its dark meat. Is what’s posted accurate, and if it is, why do most bodybuilders recommend chicken breast and not its dark meat??

    Deakon wrote on May 20th, 2008
    • It’s 13-15g per servings but there are several servings in a can. For example I just had one can which said 4 servings, 15g each so 60g of protein in one shot. Pretty sweet. I would need 10 eggs to get that. Well, I also had 10 raw eggs, 5 beaten with the tuna, 5 in a fruit smoothie. And I’m still below 150g.

      Goose wrote on December 29th, 2011
    • Obsessed with protein > too much is harmful ! you dont need as much protein as you think

      Elaine wrote on February 6th, 2013
      • My pointy teeth are for eating animal parts. My molars are for plant pieces. Digestive tract, bacteria, enzymes, etc. inside me let the nutrients from both be utilized by my body… blah blah blah. I’m just reiterating info from all over this site and the internet (not broscience, try Google Scholar and pubmed). Your comments, though, Elaine, and damn entertaining.

        N-FETT wrote on April 24th, 2013
  26. Deakon-

    See the links to Harvard School of Public Health and Northwestern University above. They are the sources of the figures. You may find answers to all of your questions there.

    Aaron wrote on May 20th, 2008
  27. I eat beef everyday, 12-16 ounces, which pretty much takes care of my protein requirements. I could happily scarf a NY every night, and most nights I do. Other times it’s jerky or grass fed ground beef from my friend’s ranch. A lot of almonds, too. That’s a great list of protein amounts. Sometimes I think I should eat more chicken, but I’d have to buy the organic kind since I react badly to that sugar/chemical stuff they inject into most poultry and pork, and beef has more protein and calories anyhow. Does anyone who visits this site ever check out They have an interesting blog on there about statins and that new report. But the main thing is that you can build a virtual pantry and then let their software analyze your micro- and macro- nutrients. It would get tedious if done often; I’m at the point where I know how to feed myself. But it’s nice for a “spot check” once in a while, since my diet is regularly [slowly] “evolving” (like Grok!) and it’s good to write down what I eat in a day once in awhile get a check-up on how it’s all adding up.

    Danielle Thalman wrote on November 17th, 2008
  28. Mark,

    I find it disconcerting that you eat consume so much protein. Especially since you are an advocate of an alkalizing diet. Are you not concerned about the harmful effects excessive animal protein can cause such as kidney damage and osteoporosis?

    Now I’m not saying you derive the majority of your protein intake from animal sources, but I will venture to say that you consume a more than adequate amount. You of all people know that humans only need about 5-10% of caloric intake from protein. Do you subscribe to the popular trend, partly propagated by fitness media, that a highly physical individual must consume at least their body weight per pound in protein? Or is there real truth behind this?

    Much of animal food is acidic in nature, isn’t it? Some more than others. Fish and whey are on the lower end of the acidic spectrum. Is not excessive protein counterproductive in maintaining a balances acid/alkaline environment as well as sustaining a proper bone-building environment?

    Do you consume the majority of your protein from whey, nuts, legumes, and vegetables?

    Please educate me.

    Brian K

    Brian K wrote on September 3rd, 2009
    • “Are you not concerned about the harmful effects excessive animal protein can cause such as kidney damage and osteoporosis?”

      That’s internet broscience. Please provide one study showing excessive (what is excessive anyway?) amounts of protein harm healthy kidneys.

      Frank wrote on April 24th, 2013
    • grains and legumes can cause acidosis as well. the only thing that doesn’t is fruits and veggies. so eat plenty of those to balance out the pH. animal protein intake does not have a negative effect on kidneys in healthy individuals. I can’t remember where I read it, but I believe a serious amount of animal protein is only detrimental in those with CKD.

      Erin wrote on July 6th, 2013
  29. I think if you feel kind of heavy and tired ,slow but not sleepy, you’ve eaten too much protein, and if you collapse into a nap you’ve had toomuch sugar andstarch. If you feel cold it may be gluten, bread pasta guesses, not science. My experiences only. Breathing tensely left me shaky. One can be craving your spouses nicotine and not know it if you dont smoke, so eat a snack to calm yourself.

    nadia wrote on December 7th, 2009
  30. I am not a healthy woman had 14 feet of intestine out also gerd disease and arthritis in my back
    get urinary tract infections all the time
    on allot of medication stupid doctors are killing me with there pills
    I am anorexic due to bowel disease I need to get allot of protein from a drink can’t digest food.
    Can anyone suggest something to me
    tried hungry miserable frustrated
    everything I eat goes wright through me
    weight is 85 Pd’s

    Jean Risk wrote on February 27th, 2010

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