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[–]Drewski 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

Chicken legs, tuna, lentils, beans + rice, peanut butter are all good options.

[–]Musky 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Tuna is like $9+/lb, you can eat steak for the same price.

[–]Musky 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

I go to costco and buy 6 lbs of ground beef for $25, or they have cheap roasts for a little more.

I haven't taken protein powder in a while but that used to be my way to be super cheap on protein.

Chicken legs and thighs are an option too.

[–]TheBlackSun[S] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)


[–]Musky 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

I'm picky about the quality of my meat.

[–]jet199 2 insightful - 3 fun2 insightful - 2 fun3 insightful - 3 fun -  (0 children)

The guys round the back of Wendy's will pay you to swallow their protein

[–]Crayfather 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

Beans. Eat lots of beans.

[–]Musky 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

You can't hit a reasonable protein goal without exceedingly your BMR in calories from eating beans.

[–]thehomelessromantic 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Legumes are an excellent source of plant-based protein for several reasons:

Legumes are high in protein. A single cup of cooked beans, lentils, or peas contains around 15 grams of protein[2], which is nearly a quarter of the daily protein requirement for an average adult. This makes legumes one of the most protein-dense plant foods.

Legumes contain all the essential amino acids. While they are considered "incomplete" proteins because they lack sufficient amounts of certain amino acids like methionine and cystine, this can be easily remedied by combining legumes with other incomplete proteins like grains[1]. This complementary pairing creates a complete protein profile.

Legumes are a sustainable protein source. When legume plants die, the nitrogen in their amino acids is released back into the soil, serving as a natural fertilizer for future crops[5]. This makes legumes an environmentally-friendly protein compared to animal-based sources.

Legumes provide additional health benefits. Beyond just protein, legumes are rich in fiber, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals[2][3][4]. Studies show that regularly consuming legumes can help lower cholesterol, control blood sugar, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

In summary, legumes are an optimal plant-based protein due to their high protein content, complete amino acid profile when combined with other foods, sustainability, and additional nutritional benefits[1][2][3][4][5].

Citations: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

[–]Questionable 1 insightful - 2 fun1 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

Potatoes; Not the answer you wanted:

Protein quality: Potatoes have a low protein content (1–1.5% of fresh weight), but the quality of potato protein is very good. The biological value of potato protein is between 90 and 100, which is higher than that of soybeans (84) and legumes (73).

Legumes contain high amounts of lectins. Peanuts are legumes.

  • Digestive Issues: Active legume lectins can bind to the cells lining the digestive tract, potentially disrupting the breakdown and absorption of nutrients. This interference with normal digestive processes may result in bloating, gas, stomach upset, and diarrhea.

  • Mineral Absorption Interference: Legume lectins have been found to interfere with the absorption of essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc. This interference can prevent the body from effectively utilizing these important nutrients.

  • Autoimmune Response: Prolonged exposure to lectins that bind to cells for extended periods may trigger an autoimmune response in some individuals. This immune system reaction could potentially contribute to inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes.

  • Malnutrition Risk: In cases where legume lectins hinder the absorption of vital nutrients like minerals or disrupt normal digestion, there is a risk of malnutrition over time if these effects are not addressed or compensated for through dietary adjustments.

  • Gastrointestinal Discomfort: Consumption of high levels of active legume lectins, especially from raw or undercooked legumes, can cause gastrointestinal discomfort such as nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

  • Inflammatory Conditions: While not conclusively proven in scientific studies yet, some theories suggest that lectins may play a role in promoting inflammation within the body, potentially contributing to chronic inflammatory conditions.

Back to potatoes

[–]chadwickofwv 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Pork butt, chicken thighs, or beef brisket. Cheapest for each type.

[–]mohittyagi12 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

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