Bhubaneswar: When you think of protein, fruits don’t usually come to mind. But despite popular opinion, they are a good source for protein, albeit a bit less than vegetable or meat source.
Any good and healthy source of protein should not just have good amounts of it, but it should also have a wide range of healthy and beneficial nutrients. Additionally, healthy sources of protein must have low levels of cholesterol and saturated fats. And fruits simply fit the bill.
Let’s have a look at protein-rich fruits:
For fresh fruit, guava has the upper hand on protein content. It also has been found to be an excellent source of fibre and has loads of antioxidants. On top of that, it is also super-rich in Vitamin C.
This humble dried fruit is a good vegetarian source of iron and provides fibre and potassium. It has also been known to help stave off junk food cravings.
This trendy fruit is popularly considered a healthy meat substitute. It’s not only rich in protein but also high in Vitamin B6. Incidentally, B6 is a nutrient required for the metabolism of protein.
This Vitamin C rich fruit is also packed with protein. Additionally, orange also helps improve the immune system, prevents skin damage, lowers cholesterol and helps keep blood pressure under check.
Another dried fruit that is relatively rich in protein is the prune. These contain a wide range of essential minerals and vitamins, along with some important macro-nutrients. Additionally, it can also help with eradicating constipation.