Skip Navigation

Protein Restriction Guidelines

When the human body metabolizes animal proteins, several promoters of urinary stone formation are produced.  High protein intake can increase urinary levels of calcium and uric acid, as well as decrease urinary citrate.  Therefore, we recommend that our patients with a history of stones restrict the amount of protein in their diets.  Specifically, you should not exceed more than 80 grams of protein per day.

Protein source

Protein content (grams/100 grams of food)

Veal, leg

36.16

Lamb, shoulder or arm

35.54

Beef, round or bottom round

34.34

Pork, shoulder or arm

32.26

Pork, loin or chops

32.18

Chicken, breast meat

31.84

Yellowfin tuna

29.96

Turkey, light meat

29.90

Pork, spareribs

29.06

Chicken, dark meat

28.99

Ground turkey

27.37

Salmon

27.31

Corned beef

27.10

Halibut

26.69

Ground beef

25.93

Swordfish

25.39

Duck

23.48

Blue crab

20.52

Cheeseburger (double patty)

17.85

Cottage cheese

17.27

Soybeans

16.64

Burger (single patty)

16.41

Chicken fillet sandwich

13.25

Couscous

12.76

Taco

12.06

Ricotta cheese

11.39

Chili con carne

9.73

Submarine sandwich with cold cuts

9.58

Condensed milk

7.91

 

Revised 10/8/2010 JMH