Do you have a long term food storage for ‘just-in-case’? How much of that food has any significant amount of protein? Carbohydrates are easy to store. But what about proteins sufficient enough for your daily needs as a human being?
What is protein?
Protein is a macro nutrient necessary for the proper growth and function of the human body. Among other things, proteins are also the building blocks for muscles. We all need protein – in varying amounts – to live a healthy life.
Proteins are part of every cell, tissue, and organ in our bodies.
How much protein do I need?
There is considerable debate over the amount of protein that a person needs to consume each day for optimal health and well being.
Recommendations vary. Some lean towards the orientation of vegans or vegetarians which may suggest lower amounts of protein (compared to others). Other sources recommended higher numbers (than vegan recommendations).
I’m not here to fight that, one way or another.
However, I did read (some time ago) according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in general it’s recommended that 10–35% of your daily calories come from protein. Take it for what it’s worth… It’s a guideline.
Below are the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for different age groups.
Grams of protein needed each day:
WOMEN age 19+ (46 grams or 1.6 ounces)
MEN age 19+ (56 grams or 2 ounces)
1 – 3 (13 grams or 0.5 ounces)
4 – 8 (19 grams or 0.7 ounces)
9 – 13 (34 grams or 1.2 ounces)
Girls ages 14 – 18 (46 grams or 1.6 pounces)
Boys ages 14 – 18 (52 grams or 1.8 ounces)
The following list indicates the amount of protein in various foods (grams and percentage).
List of protein in foods
Percent protein by weight, and number of grams
per 100 grams (3.5 ounces, or about 1/4-pound) of food.
Chicken, Breast (31)
Turkey, Breast (30)
Seeds, Pumpkin, dried (30)
Beef, Eye of Round (29)
Turkeky, Leg (28)
Beef, Ribeye filet (28)
Beef, Tenderloin steak (28)
Beef, Chuck, shoulder (26)
Pork, Loin, blade chops (25)
Chicken, Leg (24)
Fish, Bass (24)
Beef, Ground, 70% lean (23)
Fish, Trout (23)
Seeds, Sunflower, dried (21)
Fish, Catfish (18)
Ham, Regular, sliced (17)
Tomato, sun-dried (14)
Egg, whole (14)
Wheat Flour, whole grain (13)
Sobyeans, green, raw (13)
Beans, Black (9)
Beans, Pinto (9)
Beans, Kidney (9)
Peas, green (5%)
Corn, sweet, yellow (4)
Spinach, raw (3)
Broccoli, raw (3)
Milk, whole (3)
Rice, white, long grain (3)
Potato, russet, baked (3)
Watercress, raw (2)
Cauliflower, raw (2)
Beans-Green, snap, raw (2)
If one doesn’t have a source of ‘meat’, it looks like one would need to consume quite a lot of particular protein-rich vegetables, eggs, wheat, (see list above) etc.. to get the recommended daily intake of protein each day.
It would be a good exercise to calculate your protein consumption needs – and figure out if you have enough protein in your ‘deep storage’.
A chest freezer is a great way to store meats. While it won’t hold up if the power goes out for long, it’s easy. Home canning your own meats is another option to consider:
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