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From Newfoundland, Canada:

I know that one protein in the diabetic diet can be a 1 oz. or 30 gm. piece of lean beef or chicken or 1 tablespoon of peanut butter. How many grams of protein does that represent? Also, how would you use soy milk and/or soy flour in a recipe to have the equivalent of a protein? Our son is 13 and became diabetic a few months ago. He does not like cheese and is getting tired of peanut butter with his brakfast and his evening snack.


There are 7 grams of protein in one ounce of meat or cheese. A cup of milk contains around 8 grams of protein and a starch contains around 2 grams per serving. There are about 4-5 grams of carbohydrate per 8 ounces of soy milk and 38 grams of carbohydrate per 100 grams of soy flour.

A cup of soy milk contains about 7 grams of protein and 1/2 cup of defatted soy flour contains about 24 grams of protein. There is a nice publication put out by American Soybean Association -- the number to call for a 1998 Soyfoods Directory is 1-800-TALKSOY.


Additional Comments from Dr. Tessa Lebinger:

If you are using regular milk, soy milk, or soy flour as a source of protein, don't forget to count the carbohydrates too. Although poultry, meat, fish, cheese, and eggs which are good sources of protein have so little carbohydrate that you need not count it, milk itself and soy products have more carbohydrate which must be counted. Regular milk has 12 grams of carbohydrate along with 8 grams of protein in 8 oz.


Original posting 8 Jan 1999
Additional comment added 24 Apr 1999
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet


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