What kinds of foods have protein?

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Medieval painting of a man with a pig

Medieval painting of a man with a pig

Proteins are foods that your body can use as building blocks to make muscle or skin or bones. Some foods that have a lot of protein in them are eggs and meat and cheese and beans and fish.

In the ancient world, most people couldn’t afford to eat a lot of meat or fish or eggs, so they got most of their protein from beans and cheese. But it’s really not that hard to get enough protein to live. If you had nothing to eat but bread, and you had enough bread to stay alive on, you would also get enough protein just from the bread.


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Bibliography and further reading about protein:

Nutrition: What’s in the Food We Eat, by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent and William Munoz (1992). Easy reading.

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Cite this page: Carr, K.E. What kinds of foods have protein?. Quatr.us Study Guides, June 22, 2017. Web. January 18, 2019.

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Dr. Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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