High-Protein Foods

Nutrition and Cancer: High-Protein Foods

Nutrition tip

To avoid the risk of food poisoning, do not use raw eggs in uncooked items. Egg substitutes may be used in uncooked items, such as milkshakes or eggnog. Egg Beaters add 25 calories per 1/4 cup and 5 grams protein per 1/4 cup.

Calorie and protein guidelines during cancer treatment

Each individual’s calorie and protein requirements will vary depending on a number of factors, such as age, gender, body weight, and activity level. The current recommended daily allowance for protein for most adults is 46 to 56 grams per day. It is important to discuss your individual calorie and protein requirements with your doctor or registered dietitian. With some cancers, the metabolic processes can cause a situation known as hypermetabolism that affects how the body uses proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. With hypermetabolism you may need to increase your calorie and protein intake. Discuss this with your doctor or registered dietitian.

What foods are high in protein?

Foods that are high in protein include:

Listed below are some suggestions for adding calories and protein to your meals and snacks:

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