Today we are chatting amino acids.
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and and maintain muscle tissue. In total there are 22 amino acids, 9 of those being essential and 11 non essential (the body makes these ones).
If you are a meat eater, you my friends are eating what is considered a complete protein. Because the amino acid profile provided in animal products closely mimics those found in human proteins. If you are eating a plant based diet, all non soy plant proteins are missing at least one amino acid. So to ensure you aren't missing out on any essential aminos such as lysine, tryptophan, valine and leucine it is important to understand food combining.
If you are eating just a bean / legume or just a grain by itself without combining the two together, you are essentially just eating a carbohydrate not a complete protein. So in an effort to be sure to food combine properly, below is a list of some grains and legumes you can combine to achieve a complete protein.
Beans / Legumes:
- Kidney beans
- Soy beans
- Black beans
- Azuki beans
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