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Nov 14, 2008 06:51 PM

Quinoa versus meat

Is there any way to figure out how much cooked quinoa you would have to eat to equal a given weight or volume of cooked meat protein? My understanding is that quinoa has a complete human amino acid combination, much like a meat protein. Is there any way to say that, for instance, one cup of quinoa equals the protein of 1 ounce of beef or 2 ounces of chicken or whatever?

I may be talking apples and oranges here, but is there any way to get a general comparison? This has to be a vegan issue which surely abounds on-line. I must be Googling the wrong question. Please send me in the right direction! Thank you.

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  1. is a good site for this kind of question.

    Looks like 1 ounce of quinoa (cooked) has 1 gram of protein while, for example, 1 ounce of chicken (breast, roasted, meat only) has 9 grams of protein. So, it'd be very roughly, about 1 cup of quinoa to 1 ounce of chicken.

    I don't know whether the proteins are at all equivalent in kind.

    1. Have you looked at the Wikipedia article? It gives around 14g/100g uncooked. You would still need to find out how much protein there is in your reference meat.