Protein in Meat

The protein in meat often has a high biological quality compared to many plant foods. Some processed forms of meat tend to have a lower protein quality than the fresh counterparts but still generally higher than plant foods.

Meat protein contains all the essential amino acids in the correct proportions required by the body for optimum growth of lean, calorie burning tissue. Maintaining our lean weight is crucial for keeping the metabolic rate sufficiently high enough to burn enough calories to lose weight.

Quality of protein can be an important factor in losing weight because if protein quality is low there's more chance it will be converted to fat and stored under the skin. If the consumption of food or calories is low it is less likely the protein will be stored as fat however the more protein used for energy the less fat burned from fat stores!

Many processed foods now in shops contain protein levels of poor quality. It means the protein in these foods cannot be used for maintenance and must either be used for energy or converted to fat.

The quality of the protein in meat basically means that most of  its protein can be used for protein synthesis and limits the amount burned as fuel.

The tables lists the protein content in different meats in order of greatest first.

Table of Protein in Meat:

Meat Protein (100grams) Protein Fat Calories
Venison 34g 6.5g 200
Veal fillet (roast) 30g 12g 240
Goose (roast) 30g 25g 350
Pheasant (roast) 30g 9g 250
Partridge (roast) 29g 8g 250
Pork Chops (grilled) 28g 24g 340
Turkey (roast) 28g 6g 165
Corned beef canned 27g 12g 220
Rabbit 27g 8g 187
Pork Leg (roast) 27g 20g 290
Chicken Calories (average) 26g 12g 140
Lamb Leg (roast) 25g 17g 270
Bacon Calories (average rashers) 23g 45g 500
Beef Calories (average lean) 25g 20g 275
Hare 25g 6g 155
Offal  (average stewed) 24g 8g 185
Lamb Cutlets (grilled) 23g 31g 375
Lamb breast (roast) 22g 30g 398
Lamb Chops (grilled) 21g 28g 368
Pork Belly rashers (grilled) 21g 35g 400
Lamb Shoulder (roast) 20g 24g 320
Pork Trotters (boiled) 20g 23g 290
Duck (roast) 20g 30g 330
Beefburgers (average) 18g 20g 260
Meat Paste (average) 15g 11g 170
Ham & Pork canned 14g 24g 270
Sausage (average) 13g 21g 280
Pigeon (roast) 13g 13.5g 242
Luncheon Meat canned 13g 27g 305
Faggots 11g 18g 270
Steak & Kidney Pie 10g 22g 315
 Values for meat protein may vary between different pieces & portions, values are estimates and for use as guide only!



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