Purchasing Protein Within Your Budget

By PSU EcoMerge Capstone - 3:43 PM

--> People need protein. That is a fact. Yet, within that statement there are different interpretations as to what kind of protein a person does or needs to consume. There are also varying ways in which people acquire that protein. Generally speaking, in the United States, it is a purchased good. Of-course, one should not discount other means of getting protein such as farming or growing a personal garden but let us look primarily at the angle of obtaining protein through monetary exchanges. If people are willing to accept the general rule that they need to consume protein then they must be willing to accept that it will be a regular part of a person’s living expenses. Why do we need it? The human body needs to take in protein to replenish the nitrogen that is excreted every day through urine, feces, and skin. Protein is also a source for essential amino acids. The minimal daily amount of protein that a person needs depends on the individual’s gender, age, height, weight, and the amount of energy they exert through their particular daily activities. Lack of protein can cause problems such as growth failure, loss of muscle mass, decreased immune system and/or weakened heart or respiratory system. So, we need protein. We get our protein from the consumption of foods. We pay for food. Don't worry, there is good news: some foods are high in protein and we can get by with eating smaller portions. Foods that contain enough protein to satisfy our daily need (which will require less to be purchased and smaller portions to be eaten) are usually nuts, legumes and potatoes. The runner up category will be protein foods found in the dairy and meat range. Foods with protein that require larger amounts of consumption and are therefore higher in expense overall are vegetable proteins. 
So take heart, daily protein needs don't have to be a burden on your grocery expenses.



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