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Complete Proteins

The Nutritious Noodle

As a vegetarian, the most annoying question we get on a daily basis is “how do you get your protein?” It is not anyone’s business how we get our protein, however, we have to explain to complete strangers that it is possible to get a complete protein without eating meat. I have been a vegetarian for about nine years and it is still hard to answer this question without freezing. I try to quickly think about my diet and what I eat in 30 seconds so I answer the questions quick enough without seeming weird.

Although most vegetables are not a complete protein, it is possible to consume a complete protein with complimentary proteins and various grains. So what is a complete protein? A complete protein is a protein that contains adequate portions of all 9 essential amino acids. There are 20 amino acids, however, the body…

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