I plan to read the whole thread, but so far have read the first two of eleven pages that I see.
I looked for a thread like this to come up with a good amino acid profile for myself. I am starting by learning about amino acids, their categories, applications, effects, sources, etc.
So far, I would posit that amino acid profiles of specific sources such as dairy (Whey), are the way they are from what could be considered an evolutionary perspective: That the ratio of AA's in the whey is meant for the physiology of a calf for the purpose of getting it to a grown state at an intended rate. Where the specific levels of each AA are MEANT for the calf as opposed to another type of animal. Ex. An amino acid that effects a system related to a large boned cow vs. a small hollow boned bird.
So in considering the AA profile of a plant like soy, it's anyones game as far as your belief of why it exists and the history of where it was around at what time in history- to get an idea of it's intended "who will be eating it" group. I'd like to think that each food source has not only an evolutionary reason for it's particular profile specific to it's functional physiology for it's survival, but that in eating the wrong sources, causes consequences, and it is that eater that is dumb for not knowing. I'm being vague, but that's useful in keeping this site friendly for all.
It all sounds a little hokey-pokey to me, even though I said it, but I like to think about what it means that there is no true amino acid profile... no optimal one known.. That it's another one of those things in life with many possible acceptable outcomes.
So I started working out again this week after not really following through with any workouts the last 2.5 months. I am unbelievably sore, and it makes me think about recovery time (when I can get back to it) and if I am living an optimal post workout recovery strategy. I remembered those stronger than me giving me advice, which over the years has included telling me to take BCAA's. So I went to whole foods, and saw one expensive amino acid complex that was vegan, and decided to hold off and research it. After looking into it, it seems that I already get all 3 of them from my diet. Maybe it's not as much as I could benefit from. As someone who is trying to be a muscular body builder, I'd like to know it, do it, and be/ feel optimized, and match in nutrition- what I am doing in the gym.
Also, I spent a considerable amount of time this week presenting information on vegan health and nutrition, and using my means to show some friends of mine (who brought it up themselves) the superiority and validity of veganism as a healthy diet. The process made me want to take many things further. A large part of which is understanding nutrition speak such as carbs this and that, mono_this, di_that, protein/amino jargon, fats, PH..
Love to get some input. Thanks guys, and awesome thread! Great info.