I was just thinking about the term "dense protein". I've seen it referred to many times and it occurred to me that I can' think of a protein I wouldn't consider dense which makes me wonder if I really understood the term. I decided to look it up and share what I learned because I may not be alone.
Here's what I found:
"When you think of protein-rich foods, you probably think first of meats, fish and poultry. Other foods are rich in protein as well, however. Many plant-based foods have lots of protein, as well as dairy products and eggs. Understanding the different types of protein-dense foods and how you can effectively incorporate them into your diet are essential to healthy eating.
Protein-dense foods come in two forms--complete proteins and incomplete proteins, says the University of Maryland Medical Center, or UMMC. Complete proteins contain all the amino acids, while incomplete proteins contain fewer than the nine amino acids the body can't manufacture. Complete proteins are most commonly found in animal-derived foods, while incomplete proteins come from plant sources. Both types of protein are essential to your body's tissue repair and formation, as well as oxygen delivery via the bloodstream, notes the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
All red meat, poultry, fish, beans and peas are protein-rich foods, according to MyPyramid.gov. Eggs, nuts and seeds are also good sources of protein. You can get complete proteins from eating meat, fish, eggs and dairy products such as milk, cheeses or yogurt, notes UMMC. Incomplete proteins come from beans, nuts, peas, grains, seeds and certain other vegetables, as these foods aren't as protein-dense as meats. In fact, soybeans are the only plant-based food that is ri*****omplete protein."
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/263556-protein-dense-foods /#ixzz1Ip7nn4L8
I always thought of meats, fish, and eggs as primary sources of dense protein and milk products, beans, nuts, and seeds as secondary sources of protein. Milk products it seems are primary. I was surprised that grains, soybeans, and peas are considered sources of protein. As I head toward surgery and start having to track my protein intake this is good information to know.