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Does all dairy products contain the same quantity of protein?

Various types of dairy products

I would like to thank everyone who submitted questions through the I’m Taking Charge blog, and I will do my best to provide answers over the coming weeks. Here’s today’s question:

“According to my age and other criteria, I need 2 servings of protein and 2 servings of milk products. Are all products equal in terms of protein?”

On average, milk products and their alternatives contain about 10 g of protein per serving. However, the wide range of products available on the market can be confusing, and sometimes it becomes hard to tell what is on the list of milk and alternatives. The following table lists some examples. Please take note that the quantity of protein per serving may vary slightly from one product and one brand to another.

 

Milk

milk, skim 1 2Milk, skim, 1%, 2%
250 mL, 1 cup = 10 g of protein per serving

milk evaporatedMilk, evaporated, canned
125 mL, ½ cup undiluted = 10 g of protein per serving

milk chocoMilk, chocolate
250 mL, 1 cup = 9 g of protein per serving

milk, goat enriched

Milk, goat, enriched
250 mL, 1 cup = 9 g of protein per serving

milk powder  Milk, powdered
25 g, 75 mL, ⅓ cup undiluted = 9 g of protein per serving

milk low lactoseMilk, low lactose
250 mL, 1 cup = 10 g of protein per serving

Milk Alternatives

buttermilkButtermilk
250 mL, 1 cup = 10 g of protein per serving

soy brevageFortified soy beverages
250 mL, 1 cup = 7 g of protein per serving

goat cheeseCheese, goat
50 g, 1½ oz. = 9 g of protein per serving

cheese cottageCheese, cottage or quark
250 mL, 1 cup = 30 g of protein per serving

cheese firmCheese, firm (example: cheddar, Mozzarella, Swiss, feta)
50 g, 1½ oz. = 12 g of protein per serving

kefirKefir
175 g, 175 mL, ¾ cup = 6 g of protein per serving

yogurtYogurt (plain or flavoured)
175 g, ¾ cup = 10 g of protein per serving

Non-dairy beverages made from almonds, rice, hemp, oats, and potato are not included in Canada’s Food Guide Milk and Alternatives category. They can be a good source of calcium and vitamin D, but their protein content is only negligible at best.

Many of our customers ask us whether sour cream, cream cheese, ice cream, or cheese cake are considered as milk alternatives. Unfortunately, two servings of these products a day will not provide the nutrients required to remain healthy in the long term!

Visit the Website Fromage d’ici to vary your choice of cheese and support our local producers!

Enjoy!

Alyssa Fontaine Reid, P.Dt.

 

References

Health Canada. What is a Food Guide Serving of Milk and Alternatives?, Government of Canada, January 14, 2008. Website. Page viewed on November 27, 2015. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/choose-choix/milk-lait/serving-portion-eng.php

Health Canada. Canadian Nutrient File (CNF), Government of Canada, April 26, 2012. Website. Page viewed on November 27, 2015. http://webprod3.hc-sc.gc.ca/cnf-fce/language-langage.do?url=t.search.recherche&lang=eng

Health Canada. Nutrient Value of Some Common Foods, Government of Canada, March 18, 2013. Website. Page viewed on November 27, 2015. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/fiche-nutri-data/nutrient_value-valeurs_nutritives-tc-tm-eng.php

Author
Alyssa Fontaine, Dt.P.

Nutrition supervisor at Nautilus Plus, member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec and holder of a bachelor’s degree from McGill University, Alyssa joined the Nautilus Plus team in January 2014. She developed an interest in healthy nutrition at a very young age, inspired by her grandmother’s large vegetable garden and her iron health still going strong at over 90 years of age. Proper nutrition and an active lifestyle are the secrets to a long life. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Alyssa exercises regularly and shares her tips to living a balanced lifestyle acknowledging that she does have a sweet tooth. She is the proud spokesperson for the «Zero Diet» brand and she is being followed more and more on social networks.


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