Table 6: Top 10 snacks highest in arginine content.

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


References:

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

Andrew Shao and John N. Hathcock (2008). Risk assessment for the amino acids tuarine, L-glutamine and L-arginine. Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, 50(3): 376-399.

Salvador Moncada and Annie Higgs (1999). The L-argnine-Nitric Oxide Pathway. N Eng J Med, 329: 2002 - 2012.

Toshio Nakaki, Keiichi Hishikawa, Hiromichi Suzuki, Takao Saruta and Ryuichi Kato (1990). L-arginine-induced hypotension. The Lancet, 336(8716): 696.

Willard J. Visek (1986). Arginine needs, Physiological State and Usual Diets. A Reevaluation. J Nutr 116(1):36-46.

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