Don’t Cut Us Out, Cut Us Up! Canada’s Food Guide revision includes a recommendation to seek protein primarily from plant-based sources. Chicken Farmers of Canada supports an increase in plant-based proteins in Canadians’ diets, and these pair very well with Canadian chicken – but they shouldn’t replace it altogether. protein per 100g grilled salmon 22g protein per 100g cooked quinoa 5g protein per 100g lean chicken 28g protein per 50g cooked lentils 8g protein per 115g raw, ﬁ rm tofu 10g Here’s what you need to know Protein quality is not created equal among foods. The quantity of protein required for optimal health is signiﬁ cant. Health Canada’s own data indicates that there is no plant-based source that qualiﬁ es as an “Excellent Source of Protein”. Aim for a minimum of 20g protein per meal * * Am J Clin Nutr (2015) Evidence suggests that protein is used less eﬃ ciently with aging, which may translate to higher protein requirements. Current protein recommendations appear to be under-estimated by about 30% for adults and elderly and women and 70% for children 1 . Make sure chicken stays an important part of Canada’s Food Guide! chicken.ca 1. Journal Acad Nutr Diet. 2016; 116: 1970-1980.