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Proteins Are Your Friend: Eating Protein on a Budget Quiz
by Staff
You need protein to stay healthy, but what different types of protein are there, and how can you get enough protein without breaking a precariously balanced budget? When the bills are piling up and dinner is due, do you know what types of protein are good for you as well as inexpensive? Let's take a tasty tour of the wonderful world of protein to discover how to eat well and still save some coin.

The USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) breaks foods into easy-to-understand groups, like fruits, vegetables and proteins. Which two veggies belong to both the USDA's vegetable and protein food groups?

  • Almonds and peanuts
  • Beans and peas
  • Corn and squash

What are essential amino acids?

  • Those used by the body for energy
  • Amino acids the body can't produce by itself
  • The easiest amino acids for the body to absorb

What are incomplete proteins?

  • Proteins the body can't utilize effectively.
  • Proteins that lack essential amino acids.
  • Proteins low in essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals.

What are complementary proteins?

  • Proteins that bind with essential minerals.
  • Foods that when combined, provide all the essential amino acids.
  • Proteins that are high in amino acids and low in fat.

For complementary proteins to be effective, do they have to be eaten during the same meal?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Only if you're a child or a pregnant woman

Which food below is not considered a protein food by the FDA?

  • Seeds
  • Saturated fats
  • Nuts

What are the building blocks of protein?

  • Collagen compounds
  • Amino acids
  • Albumin

All proteins are constructed from amino acids. How many amino acids are there?

  • 14
  • 20
  • 32

How many essential amino acids are there?

  • 7
  • 9
  • 12

Yogurt is another good source of protein that may also contain good-for-you probiotics. How many grams of protein are there in 8 ounces of yogurt?

  • 9 grams
  • 12 grams
  • 20 grams

Eggs are a complete protein that's inexpensive, portable and a much healthier choice than first thought. About how many grams of protein are there in a dozen eggs?

  • 60
  • 72
  • 48

Peanut butter is another source of protein that's inexpensive and nutritious. About how many grams of protein are there in a 2-tablespoon serving of peanut butter?

  • 5 grams
  • 8 grams
  • 15 grams

You probably know that beans are a good complementary source of protein, but what's likely to be the best bean bargain at the market?

  • Fresh
  • Dried
  • Canned

About how many grams of protein does the average woman need to eat every day?

  • 27 grams
  • 46 grams
  • 65 grams

Less expensive cuts of beef are often chewy but do have some great benefits beyond a bargain basement price. What other key benefit can you expect from a less expensive cut of beef?

  • More fiber
  • Flavor
  • Less fat

When you buy chicken, what's one savvy way to save on the per-pound price?

  • Buy a whole bird and cut it up yourself.
  • Buy large volume family-pack cuts and freeze the extra.
  • Both answers are correct.

Tofu is another relatively inexpensive source of low fat protein. You can add it to casseroles, stews, soups or stir-fry with a minimum of fuss. About how many grams of protein will you find in a 5 ounce serving of tofu?

  • 5 grams
  • 7 grams
  • 12 grams

High-quality protein sources are often referred to by what name?

  • Absolute proteins
  • Complete proteins
  • Transgenic proteins

Greek yogurt is growing in popularity in the U.S. It's thick, rich and satisfying. Does it contain more or less protein than regular yogurt?

  • Less
  • More
  • About the same

Milk is a good source of protein as well as containing around 20 vitamins and minerals. About how many grams of protein are there in a glass of milk?

  • 6 grams
  • 8 grams
  • 12 grams

What is Tempeh?

  • A cross between a chicken and a goose
  • A concentrated soy protein
  • A protein cereal made from yeast