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[personal profile] caprices I wanted to make high-protein cookies. Unbeknownst to me, quinoa is not a miracle carb composed solely of protein. Alas. The reason quinoa is special is because it contains All the Amino Acids, including lysine (this amino acid was a plot point in Jurassic Park). Also it has calcium.

I guess there are some issues with the popularity of quinoa, since it makes the price go up and there are concerns it may become unaffordable to people who depend on it, since it grows where no other grains will.

The recipe was a disappointment too. Cooked quinoa does terrible things to baked goods' texture. 

Here's my list of foods I like that might have protein in them:

Quinoa: 8 g protein / 1 cup serving (185 g)
5 g fiber out of 39 g total carbs (the rest is starch)

Popcorn: 1 g protein / 1 cup serving (8 g... which means by weight it has something like 12 g of protein for 100 g. But no one would eat twelve cups of popcorn in one day, right?)

Spelt: 11 g protein/ 1 cup serving (194 g)
8 g fiber out of 51 g total carbs

Whole wheat: 16 g protein / 1 cup (120 g)
15 g fiber out of 87 g carbs
(All-purpose enriched flour is just a tad lower, 13 g protein)

Black beans: 15 g protein / 1 cup (172 g)              (and 15 g fiber)
Adzuki beans: 17 g protein / 1 cup (230 g)            (17 g fiber)
Edamame: 17 g protein / 1 cup (155 g)                  (8 g fiber, 8 g fat)

1 egg (50 g): 6 g protein, 5 g fat          About 2/3rds of the protein is in the white.

Chicken breast: 43 g protein / 1 cup (140 g)  <-------------------Gold standard of protein
Salmon: 39 g / half filet (154 g)        (13 g fat)
Tilapia: Same.............................. less fat (~5 g)
Beef is roughly equivalent with 44 g protein for a weight of 154 g but with 19 g of fat, and, of course, a serving size is smaller.

Skim milk: 8 g protein / 1 cup (247 g)    -------And 12 g sugar!

Mozzarella: 7 g protein / 28 g
Cheddar: 7 g protein / 28 g   (and 9 g fat)

Whole milk yogurt: 9 g protein / 245 g                     (and 8 g fat) ------------So basically Cheddar is condensed whole milk yogurt.
Nonfat yogurt: 14 g protein / 1 cup (245 g)
Cottage cheese: 23 g protein / 1 cup                      (9 g fat if not low-fat)
Cottage cheese 1% milkfat: 28 g protein / 1 cup (226 g)         (2 g fat, 6 g sugars)
This explains why bodybuilders favor cottage cheese. 

Walnuts (english): 4 g protein / 28 g   (and 18 g fat, wowza)
Walnuts (black): 7 g protein / 28 g    (and only 17 g fat!)

Peanuts: 7 g protein / 28 g     (and 14 g fat)
Defatted peanut flour: 31 g protein / 1 cup (60 g)

Wheee, numbers.

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