Complete Proteins

We started a talk about proteins, and the importance they have on the overall health of our bodies.  We mentioned that proteins come in various forms such as meats, fish, dairy and even some plants and vegetables have proteins in them.  When we are looking at proteins, we want to make sure they are “complete” proteins.  A complete protein will have an adequate amount of all 9 essential amino acids.  According to the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, complete proteins are supplied by meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, quinoa, or soybeans.  As we mentioned above, there are some plant based foods that will provide our bodies with proteins, but they may be missing a portion of the essential amino acids that would keep them from being considered complete.  Now, plant based foods may become complete proteins by combining additional foods to them, but in most cases, they are not complete as they are. So, logically, the nest question we need to ask is, “what are amino acids“?  Please go to the next BLOG to see the answer on this question.

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