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Friday, September 24, 2010

Sources of Protein

Friday, September 24, 2010
There are two kids of food that are considered good sources of proteins : animal protein and vegetable protein. Animal proteins -such as fish, meat, poultry, cheese, milk, and egg- are considered good sources of complete protein. Complete protein means contain of all essential amio acids in ample amounts.

Vegetables proteins are incomplete proteins, because they do not have enough of one or more of the essential amino acids. But we can create a self made complete protein by combining foods from two or more vegetables. We can consume complementary proteins to get complete protein. Complementary proteins are incomplete proteins in a food that, when combined, compensate for one another's short falls. By combining food from grains with legumes or grain with nuts or legumes with nuts, we create a complete protein source.

Sources of Complementary Proteins

Grains:
rice, oats, wheat, cornmeal, barley, bulgur, buckwheat, pasta, rye

Legumes:
chickpeas, dried peas, peanuts, beans, lentils, soy products

Nuts/ Seeds:
sunflower seeds, walnuts, sesame seeds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, etc.

When eaten in combination at the same meal, the body receives all nine essential amino acids. Because the essential amino acids can not be produced by the body, it is very important for us to consume foods that contain essential amino acids. Whatever food that you eat, make sure you get all the nutrients your body needs.

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