On our social media we have been asked many different questions, and we love to hear from you and answer them all! One of the questions that we were asked recently was “what grain has the highest protein content?”
Whole grains are chalked full of vitamins, minerals, fats, complex carbs and protein. Protein is a vital part of any diet; protein makes up the building blocks of all our body’s organs, muscles, skin and hormones. Your body needs protein to maintain and repair tissue, and it is something that many of us are looking to consume more of.
One protein found in whole grains is gluten. Gluten is a type of protein found in wheat and barley, and the foods made from these grains. With all of that in mind, here are some high-protein grain-based foods that you can incorporate into your diet.
High protein grain: Whole wheat pasta
Whole wheat pasta has 7.6 grams protein per cooked cup of pasta. Whole wheat flour is more protein than its refined counterpart, therefore it should come as no surprise that whole wheat pasta has more protein than pasta made from refined flour.
High protein grain: Oatmeal
One of your favourite morning hot cereals is already the source of a high-protein breakfast! One cup of your cooked oatmeal has 6 grams of protein and is a fantastic way to start your day off with a protein boost needed to fuel you all day long.
High protein grain: Cornmeal
Cornmeal, polenta, and grits, whatever you would like to call it, it is a reliable source of protein, with 8 grams protein per cup, when cooked.
High protein grain: Wheat berries
Wheat berries are the whole wheat kernel; while they require more patience to cook, they are loaded with protein, iron and fibre that can be enjoyed in both sweet and savoury dishes. A cup of cooked wheat berries is 7 grams of protein.