Top 10 Sources of Protein Intake for Hepatitis C
Most experts believe that protein intake be adjusted in accordance with a person’s body weight and liver disease severity. In general, most nutritionists advise between 0.8 and 1.5 grams of protein per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight depending on liver function. For a 150-pound adult, daily protein requirements range between 55 to 68 grams of protein with chronic Hepatitis C that is not severe. However, a 150-pound adult with Hepatitis C that has led to low protein stores and a decrease in muscle mass would require 82 to 102 grams of protein daily.
The 10 Best Protein Sources
Proteins are made up of a collection of 20 amino acids; 8 of which are considered to be essential and need to be obtained from food. Consequently, the remaining 12 amino acids are considered non-essential and can be produced by the body. The following foods are considered to be among the best for obtaining those 8 essential amino acids:
- Lean Beef – What many people think of when a protein-rich meal is imagined, lean beef has plenty of protein. Just a 3-ounce slice contains 31 grams of protein – about half of the daily requirement for a 150-lb person with Hepatitis C that is not complicated by cirrhosis.
- Pork – Despite not being kosher, pork is another rich source of protein. Processed pork is not advised for anyone with Hepatitis C, as the chemicals and sodium used can both harm the liver. A 5-ounce portion of pork loin contains 41 grams of protein.
- Eggs – A great source of protein, one medium egg has around 6 grams of protein and contains all 20 amino acids in a highly digestible form. Unfortunately, some people are allergic to eggs.
- Fish – Aside from the other health attributes of fish (mainly its omega-3 fatty acid content), many types of fish are high in protein. A 3-ounce fillet of salmon, halibut or snapper contains 22 grams of protein, while a 3-ounce fillet of flounder or sole contains 21 grams of protein. However, concerns about responsibly harvested fish and possible heavy metal contamination may reduce fish’s popularity.
- Beans – A great vegetarian source of protein, beans are frequently overlooked. One cup of cooked soybeans contains 29 grams of protein, one cup of cooked kidney beans contains 17 grams of protein and one cup of cooked black beans contains 15 grams of protein. Although soybeans are a rich, vegetarian source of amino acids, most soybeans are genetically modified.
http://hepatitiscnewdrugresearch.com/diet-cirrhosis.html, Nutrition for People with Cirrhosis, Retrieved July 29, 2015, hepatitiscnewdrugresearch.com, 2015.
http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/cirrhosis, Cirrhosis, Retrieved August 2, 2015, University of Maryland Medical Center, 2015.
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/best-sources-protein, Best Sources of Protein, Katie Hiscock, Retrieved August 2, 2015, BBC Worldwide, 2015.
http://www.everydayhealth.com/pictures/nutrition-tips-for-hepatitis-c/#01, 7 Diet and Nutrition Tips for a Healthy Liver, Chris Iliades, MD, Retrieved July 29, 2015, Everyday Health Media, LLC, 2015.
http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/foods-highest-in-protein.php, Top 10 Foods Highest in Protein, Retrieved August 2, 2015, HealthAliciousNess, 2015.
http://www.hepatitisc.uw.edu/go/evaluation-staging-monitoring/counseling-liver-health/core-concept/all, Counseling Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C, John D. Scott, MD, Retrieved July 29, 2015, Hepatitis C Online, 2015.
http://www.hepcnet.net/nutritionandcirhossis.html, Nutrition & Cirrhosis, Retrieved July 29, 2015, HepCNet.net, 2015.
http://www.livestrong.com/article/372472-healthy-eating-for-hepatitis-c/, Healthy Eating for Hepatitis C, Lori Myers, Retrieved August 2, 2015, Demand Media Inc., 2015.
http://www.livestrong.com/article/492943-protein-intake-for-cirrhosis/, Protein Intake for Cirrhosis, Jill Corleone, Retrieved August 2, 2015, Demand Media Inc., 2015.
http://www.servicefoods.com/my_health_info/hepatitis-c-and-nutrition.pdf, The Impact of Nutrition Therapy on Hepatitis C, Dana Yarn, RDLD, Dr. Keith D. Kantor, Retrieved July 29, 2015, Service Foods, Inc., 2015.
Study Finds Connection Between Coffee, Caffeine and Hepatic Fibrosis
Man's Desperation to Find a Cheaper Source of Hep C Medication