What protein sources are best for you?

Depends. On your preferences, but most importantly your goals.

For example, if you only base this on preference, you’re going to have a hard time if your goal is to slim down by eating less calories.

Say you like cheddar cheese, from which you can get 23 g of protein per 100 g. Sounds like a great protein source, right?

However, you will then also ingest ~400 calories. Not so great if you’re trying to slim down. To get 150 g of protein per day, you’d need to eat at least 2500 calories of such a protein source.

Have a look at the image to see how ‘calorie-dense’ multiple protein sources are.

Extreme example: by consuming only soy protein powder, you could get 150 g protein in, for only 600 calories!

But it’s not just about the protein content of the foods. It’s also about the protein building blocks (amino acids) they contain.

More on this in our recent article.