With South African consumers facing rising food and fuel costs, Shoprite is stepping in to help where it can by highlighting sources of affordable, nutritious, and protein-rich food. According to the Household Affordability Index, in March 2022 households bought core foods like maize meal, rice, flour, and sugar over nutritionally and protein-rich foods, like meat, eggs and dairy.

That is why Shoprite is keeping prices on nutritional essentials as low as possible and showcasing products with excellent nutritional value for money.

How much protein should you eat every day?

According to the Dietary Reference Intake report for macronutrients, an inactive adult should eat 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. That means that the average inactive man should eat about 56 grams of protein per day and the average woman 46 grams.

What is protein?

Protein is made up of amino acids with about 20 amino acids joined in different ways making up different proteins. A person’s digestive system brakes down protein into amino acids before they are absorbed into one’s blood stream which distributes them to the cells where they are combined to make human tissue.

Why do we need protein?

Every cell in the human body contains protein and people need protein in their diets to help their bodies repair cells and make new ones. Children also require protein to grow.

A Shoprite basket with affordable protein products, ground beef, split green peas, baked beand, pilchards, brown lentils

Food that contains protein

Complete proteins contain all nine essential amino acids in about the same proportion as the body needs them. These proteins are found in dairy products, eggs, meat and soya beans. Only soya beans contain complete proteins, while proteins in other plant foods do not, as different plant foods have different combinations of essential amino acids.


Meat is a good but often expensive source of protein, however there are more affordable options. For example, the Dorsland or Karoo wors available from Shoprite and Checkers retails for less than traditional boerewors.

Chicken feet and necks are an excellent and popular source of protein. Other affordable options of protein are pork, which is mostly cheaper than chicken or red meat, liver, frozen chicken, and ground mince.

Shoprite also offers consumers the choice of Value Ground Beef Mince, which retails for up to R10 per kilogram less and does not sacrifice the nutritional protein values associated with meat.

Pilchards and sardines: 

Tinned fish like pilchards and sardines, sold under the Ritebrand private label brand in Shoprite supermarkets, are another affordable protein option. It also one of the best sources of calcium and vitamin D which are essential for bone and muscle health, as well as omega-3 fatty acids.


Eggs are almost pure, very high-quality protein and provide virtually the entire adequate intake of vitamin B12 and choline for young children, while the essential fatty acid content is good for pregnant mothers. Eggs are available at multiple price points to aid consumers with different buying habits and requirements.


These plant foods contain protein, and include beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils. According to the Food Advisory Consumer Service (FACS), an independent food and nutrition consumer service, pulses play an important role as part of a healthy, balanced diet. They’re available in dried or tinned form, both of which retain their nutritional qualities. Look out for the range of Pot O Gold tinned products available exclusively from Shoprite and Checkers.


Cereals are not usually considered a good protein source, but many provide an adequate amount, relative to energy, for adults. It is important to consider the protein quality in cereals, as cereal diets tend to be deficient in one or more essential amino acids.

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