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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Protein




As a general rule, I suspect most Americans probably get more protein then the FDA base line recommendations.


Abby on the other hand, is really struggling to get her protein intake met. She is very limited on protein sources without dairy,soy,nuts and a very low fat diet. Fish tends to have a negative impact on histamines and so we are trying to limit it, but at the same time really she depends on fish and chicken for her protein. She is handling a few eggs that are mixed into her foods, but we only use the free range no grain eggs. When she was little and again at around age 10 she had a significant allergic reaction to eggs when tested, so I hesitate to depend on them as a source of protein. For a couple years she did great with legumes, but last year when we had the major GI hiccup those legumes became either too hard to digest or reaction, either way they cause problems so she is now limited for that source of protein. Last week we tried increasing the amount of lean meat protein via both chicken and lean beef(these are grain free,free range no hormone no pesticide no medication meats)and unfortunately, her body cannot handle it. Each attempt to increase caused malabsorption. Another problem we run into is that she fills up much quicker on protein rich foods, which often means she eats fewer calories and she really needs to maintain her weight or even gain a couple.

So after a lot of googling, and asking around the Thinking Mom circles I have found a few options-

Brown rice protein and Hemp protein. Pea is also a vegan favorite, but considering her issues with legumes right now, and a thinking Mom mentioned pea protein can be a negative on mitochondria we are opting to try first Rice then Hemp.




Organic Brown Rice-(via Calorie Counter)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 tbsp (17.0 g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 75Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.0g3%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.0g
Sodium 10mg0%
Total Carbohydrates 2.5g1%
Sugars 0.5g
Protein 12.0g
Vitamin A 0% • Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2% • Iron 2%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet
See more extended nutritional details
Breakdown>Daily Values (17.0g)


Good points
Very low in sodium
Low in sugar



Organic Hemp Protein- (via Calorie Counter)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 2 tbsp (14.2 g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 50Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.0g2%
Saturated Fat 0.0g0%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 0mg0%
Total Carbohydrates 4.0g1%
Dietary Fiber 4.0g16%
Protein 7.0g
Vitamin A 2% • Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2% • Iron 10%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet
Breakdown>Daily Values (14.2g)


Legend:FatProteinCarbsAlcoholOther
Good points
No saturated fat
No cholesterol
No sodium
No sugar
Very high in dietary fiber
High in iron

Really a catch 22 as to which source to try first. Rice has a higher fat content, and Hemp has a higher dietary fiber count. We opted for Rice protein to try first since Abby really struggles to digest fiber and the Rice Protein we found had a higher protein count then the Hemp protein that was locally available. Though after reading a zillion labels online, there are some Hemp products with more protein per ounce then Rice and vice versa.


My hope is to one way or another to get 1 serving of organic Rice protein into her daily- an extra 12 grams of protein would be significant to Abby's protein intake. I have now mixed it into a few different food items and we have not had a problem with flavor or getting it to combine. Maybe in a couple weeks we can also give the Hemp a try. I am sure as we go, we will find benefits to each.

Of course, my greatest hope is eventually to see her not need any supplementing- but, I know a lot of healthy folks who chose to supplement with proteins of one sort or another so if this works it would be no problem to keep it around.

Much cheaper then the medical elemental formula's- also not mixed with a thousand crazy chemicals. Though it still leaves us searching to fill in her other nutritional needs- but slowly and surely we are getting there and at the end of the day, the natural way is a better choice for Abby, at least at this point in her journey.


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