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Does 1g BCAA= 1g Protein?

Please excuse my ignorance here - BCAAs are amino acids. I’m trying to get at least 1g protein/lb. Here’s where I’m not sure if I’m getting th point: For dietary planning purposes, can I assume that 1g BCAA = 1g protein? Or am I way off?

Technically, yes, but I wouldn’t count them as such.

Get protein sources with a more full amino acid profile (i.e. real meat or even protein powder).

[quote]Ghost22 wrote:
Technically, yes, but I wouldn’t count them as such.

Get protein sources with a more full amino acid profile (i.e. real meat or even protein powder).[/quote]

Agreed. I don’t even count the BCAA’s I take in my my protein intake for the day.

To echo what the other guys said don’t count them in that way. You should be getting adequate protein from whole food and then protein shakes like Metabolic Drive first along with healthy carbs and fats. After you have these bases covered you can then add in Branched Chained Amino Acids like Biotest BCAA’s. These are the amino acids L-isoluceine, L-leucine, and L-valine and they are highly anabolic in aiding muscle growth and recovery.

So, don’t think you are going to substitute food or shakes for a bottle of amino acids. Eat and supplement with food and MRP’s first and then add in BCAA’s on top of that for superior muscle gains.

Take care,

D

to add to the excellent answers, around 20-25% of most animal protein is BCAA.

Metabolic Drive
leucine 10.15%
isoleucine 6.75%
valine 6.55%

eggs and beef are quite close to these figures too