Top 10 Snacks Highest in Arginine Content.

Snack typeArginine content (g/100 gram edidble portion)
Snacks, pork skins, plain 4.84
Snacks, pork skins, barbecue-flavor 4.55
Formulated Bar, MASTERFOODS USA, SNICKERS MARATHON Protein Performance Bar, Caramel Nut Rush 2.26
Snacks, oriental mix, rice-based 2.10
Snacks, soy chips or crisps, salted 2.07
Formulated Bar, MASTERFOODS USA, SNICKERS Marathon Energy Bar, all flavors 1.67
Snacks, beef sticks, smoked 1.52
Snacks, trail mix, regular 1.52
Snacks, trail mix, regular, unsalted 1.52
Snacks, trail mix, regular, with chocolate chips, salted nuts and seeds 1.50



Arginine data adapted from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 20 (2007).

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