vitalwheatgluten Posted March 29, 2010 Share Posted March 29, 2010 I've heard that "complete proteins" are a rarity in the plant kingdom. I sometimes use a hemp protein powder that apparently has amounts of at least 19 or 20 of the 21 possible amino acids, including all of the essential ones that the human body can't create. I never hear hemp being a complete protein. In fact I only hear that about soy isolate and quinoa. Assuming nutritiondata.com is accurate, I looked at a few things I like to eat: ~200 calories of cooked broccoli I ate tonight have about 13 or 14 grams of protein, with amounts of every amino acid except one called hydroxyproline, which I don't think is an essential one.See: http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2357/2 ~200 calories of cooked brown rice has 5 g of protein with each kind of amino acidSee: http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/5710/2 ~200 calories of cooked quinoa has 8 g of protein, with each kind of amino acidSee: http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/10352/2 ~200 calories of kidney beans or black beans, 15 g of protein, same thingSee: http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4284/2 or http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4297/2 And spinach: http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2627/2 And flaxseed, which even has this mysterious "hydroxyproline": http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3163/2 And so on.... Everything I've mentioned is the basis for a lot of my meals, especially dinner-type meals. Aren't all of these complete proteins? Or at least foods that don't really need to be complemented with anything because, at the very least, they have all the essential amino acids? Is there a certain amount of each amino acid that needs to be met for a food to be a "complete" protein? Thanks for any and all help. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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