02-12-2004, 09:19 PM
what is meant by this term?
02-12-2004, 09:33 PM
I think what you are referring to are "complete proteins". This is a general term for a protein source that provides all the essential amino acids. That would be the NINE amino acids that the body cannot produce in sufficent quantities naturally, and you must attain them through your diet. The other 12 amino acids can be produced in your body.
Animal meats as a whole are complete in your essential amino acids. This means you have attained all the essential amino acids. You can also create a complete amino acid profile by eating beans and rice together. Beans provide SOME essential amino acids and Rice provide some essential amino acids, together they cover all nine.
If you are curious here are the nine: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine
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