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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
Q:
can you give me a list of foods classified as protiens?
- Lori (age 50)
alb,nm
A:
Lori -

A protein is actually a type of molecule (a kind of nutrient), not a type of food. Proteins are found in nearly all living organisms. Some plants and animals contain more protein molecules than others, but they all have them. Also, some tissues contain more protein molecules than others - for instance, muscles contain a lot more protein molecules than, say, bones.

Since most foods come from plants or animals, most foods contain at least a little bit of protein. (There are exceptions such as sugar, which is purified from sugar cane plants to contain no proteins.) Foods that contain an extremely large amount of protein molecules include meat, eggs, beans, and nuts.

-Tamara

(published on 10/22/2007)

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