Have you thought of eating fruits and veggies only and finally ditch red meat? There are so many benefits into leading a zero meat lifestyle. Fruits and vegetables are lesser in price compared to meat and it is low in calories too. But the question remains – If I am going to be a vegetarian, how can I get complete protein? Will the protein veggies be enough?
When you say “complete protein”, it means amino acids – the body needs this every single day to function properly. How many amino acids are there all in all? Well, there are twenty amino acids that produce protein but nine of these amino acids cannot be naturally created by the body.
Those nine amino acids need to be eaten from various sources and these are called the Essential Amino Acids. Finding these nine amino acids will be a chore but it can be done because that’s the body’s requirement. After that, you will be able to have your “complete protein” since the nine amino acids can be found in foods.
Some examples of food with complete proteins are whole eggs and red meat. There are beans and nuts that contain protein but it is not complete. It is important to have amino acids in the body and striving to get a complete dose is beneficial. But you can also go about your day even if you lack a few amino acids. You just need to “pay it back” in some other days if you want your body to work properly.
A lot of certified dietitians say that some plants can also contribute to this protein need. The necessary nine amino acids which the body cannot produce are found in some protein-rich vegetables. Protein in veggies? Well, yes and you better believe it!
Here are 10 complete proteins vegetarians (and even non-vegetarians) need to know about…