Are Plant Proteins Complete Proteins?
|Are Plant Proteins Complete Proteins?||Darrell Miller||03/04/17|
March 04, 2017 07:59 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (email@example.com)
Subject: Are Plant Proteins Complete Proteins?
Our bodies use 20 different amino acids to build proteins. Some amino acids can be synthesized when we need them but there are others that our body cannot make. The 9 amino acids that our bodies need but cannot make are called essential amino acids. Foods that contain all of the essential amino acids make up complete proteins.Most animal-based foods provide complete proteins whereas plant-based foods are not and must be eaten in combinations to get the complete set of amino acids our bodies need to function.
- Complete proteins are protein foods that contain all of the essential amino acids
- Animal protein beef, pork, poultry, fish, dairy products, and eggs contain all nine essential amino acids
- Some plant proteins, such as those found in buckwheat, quinoa, and soy, are complete proteins as well.
"Though plant proteins technically aren’t "complete," as long as you’re eating a variety of plant protein sources, your body does the work of “completing” the proteins for you."