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On complete protein: food combinations, essential amino acids, and vegan sources

I have emphasized here the importance of understanding the specific nutritional benefits as well as limitations of a vegan diet. In 9/10 cases, we vegans get asked about protein consumption and supplementation. Although the majority of these questions target the apparently drastic decision to remove animal products from our diets, such as the commonly thought of as primary protein sources milk, cheese, and meat, some of these inquiries relay a better informed nutritional concern: what protein do we get?

Common vegan sources of protein are likely well known to all vegans. Some leafy greens, beans and nuts, are a regular component of most vegan diets. But the regular intake of protein-rich foods is not a sufficient condition to ensure adequate protein intake.

I’ve said this about fats, and it’s valid for protein: not all protein is created equal. Guaranteeing complete protein availability through food requires some combinatorial skills.

The links below outline, for vegans and vegetarians alike, complementary sources of different types of proteins. Be sure to combine protein-rich foods to supply your body with the full range of micro nutrients.

http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.php

http://www.four-h.purdue.edu/foods/Vegetarians.htm

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