… just because a food label says a product contains protein, plant protein or has added protein, doesn’t mean it will meet all your needs… Animal sources of complete protein include dairy milk, cheese, eggs, meats, poultry and seafood… Most plant foods — beans, peas, grains, nuts, seeds and vegetables — are incomplete proteins. They’re short on one or more essential amino acids, making the protein imbalanced…

 

 

Practical Nutrition: Complete story on the buzz about plant protein

 

By Mary-Jo Sawyer, Montrose Daily Press (CO)

Jan 9, 2018

 

Sawyer is a registered dietitian with VCU Health

 

Plant protein was in the top six food trends for 2017 and continues to trend in the new year. So what’s all the buzz about?

 

Plant protein can be a less expensive and more sustainable protein source than animal protein. Consuming plant proteins can promote health and reduce disease risks. Some people prefer to eat a plant-based diet.

 

However, just because a food label says a product contains protein, plant protein or has added protein, doesn’t mean it will meet all your needs. Dietary proteins are not all the same.

 

Protein is made up of amino acids. Our bodies make some, but others we need come only from foods we eat — essential amino acids. Foods that contain essential amino acids are considered complete proteins.

 

Animal sources of complete protein include dairy milk, cheese, eggs, meats, poultry and seafood. Plant sources are limited to amaranth, quinoa and soy.

 

Most plant foods — beans, peas, grains, nuts, seeds and vegetables — are incomplete proteins. They’re short on one or more essential amino acids, making the protein imbalanced.

 

The best way to get adequate protein with plant foods is to eat a variety of them throughout the day and to seek out complementary proteins that make up for each other’s lack of specific amino acids. It’s not complicated; we’ve been doing it for years.

 

Complementary protein meals include beans and rice, and peanut butter on whole-grain bread. Newer combos are hummus and pitas, and tacos with lentils or beans. Try this Chipotle Black Bean and Rice Burgers recipe for a vegetarian complete-protein meal.

 

There’s a variety of new products touting protein that may or may not be helpful. While dairy and soy milks are complete proteins, other plant-based “milks” are often poor sources. A few new nut “milk” products include a blend of one or more nuts to increase protein, but they aren’t complete on their own...

 

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