Are all protein sources created equal? Well...not really! A complete protein has a full amino acid profile aka contains all of the essential (and some non essential) amino acids. Essential amino acids cannot be made by the body and therefore we have to get via dietary intake. There are 9️⃣ ESAs:
All 9️⃣ ESAs perform various roles in your body from muscle building, energy production, immune function, and nutrient absorption. Animal proteins- meat🥩/seafood 🍤/poultry🍗/eggs 🥚/ dairy 🥛 contain ALL of your essential amino acids! A lot of plant proteins do not contain all ESAs. Ones that do are: quinoa, soy, and buckwheat.
Takeaway and the main point of this- if you’re following a plant based protein diet it’s important to pay attention to your protein sources to make sure you’re mixing and matching as best you can to try and get all those good essential amino acids that your body needs and cannot make on its own! 👌🏼🤓 #nerdstatus