If you hear protein and your mind immediately pictures meat, egg whites, protein shakes and muscly arms, you’re not alone. Poultry meats like chicken and turkey, seafood like fish, tofu, Greek yogurt, beans, lentils, cottage cheese, and eggs are those foods that are widely known to be rich in protein. See how no fruit made it to the list? So, if you’re surprised to know that there are fruits that are high in protein content, we’re right there with you. Surprise aside, it turns out that these 6 fruits do have a considerable amount of protein in them, making them a sweet addition to your protein diet. Read on to know more.
With about 4.22 grams of protein content per cup, guava is a good source of protein and, of course, a delicious one at that. It is also rich in fiber and antioxidants. You can have one as a whole fruit, add it to fruit salads or blend them into smoothies for a good dose of natural protein.
One cup of dried cherries has about 4 grams of protein and their nutritional benefits don’t stop there. It has been found that they are super useful in reducing inflammation and arthritis, and also in improving the quality of sleep. They are one of the most versatile of fruits that can be incorporated in a number of dishes, both sweet as well as savory. Or you can easily grab a handful and munch on them while you’re watching TV.
You might have heard that this intimidating fruit has recently become popular as a meat substitute. High in vitamin B6, a nutrient that is necessary for the metabolism of protein, one cup of jack fruit contains 2.84 grams of protein. With a unique flavor and texture, this would definitely be an interesting fruit to add to your meal.
You might have seen these tiny golden fruits sprinkled on top of many Indian desserts, but did you know that they high in protein? With 2.7 grams of protein per cup, raisins are also a good vegetarian source of iron, fiber, and potassium. You can use them in cereals, desserts, cookies, and cakes, making each of them more delicious as well as nutritious.
These shriveled looking fruits have about 3.8 grams of protein though they’re better known for their high fiber content. Take care to make sure you don’t overdose on them because with that much fiber in your system, you’ll be using the toilet more often than you’d like.
They aren’t just high in potassium and vitamin A but also in protein, with about 4.4 grams per cup. They are also rich in vitamin C. You can add them to desserts, smoothies and juices or just slice them up in a fruit salad.