Amino Acids-the building blocks of protein. The body needs amino acids because they help regulate various functions and are at the core of vital processes throughout the human body. There are twenty amino acids, eleven non-essential and nine essential. The nine that are termed ‘essential’ cannot be made in the body and must be obtained through diet, alone.
It used to be said that animal protein was the only source to get the adequate amount of protein. However with new research, a plant-based diet can fill the requirement of the recommended amount of protein. The key is variety. Unlike animal sources that contain all nine essential amino acids in one source, you have to eat a variety of plant-based foods to obtain all nine. To get ample amount of complete protein in your diet, you should incorporate vegetables, grains, nuts, and legumes. Soy beans, quinoa, chia seeds and hemp seeds are the only plant-based protein that contains all the essential amino acids, but soy also has negative health effects that will have to be addressed in another blog.
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