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Nuts & Protein


#1

Should protein from nuts be counted in the daily protein total?


#2

I was trying to think of a good reason why it shouldn't and my head exploded. YES for gosh sakes!!!


#3

No, because it is not complete protein.

I just made that up.

I would only worry about this if I were a vegetarian/vegan and didn't eat chicken breasts until they came out my ears.

Protein Maths: Yet another reason not to be a vegetarian/vegan!


#4

protein maths? so eloquent

nuts and grains don't contain adequate lysine, but beans and complete sorces especially dairy have more than adequate lysine content to make up for it.


#5

They do contain some lysine though, so yes, they should be counted.

There are very few foods that contain protein but that don't contain the 9 essential amino acids.


#6

HEALTHY foods, that is. I don't know about unhealthy foods, but I wouldn't be surprised if that 1g of protein on those potato chips isn't lean protein.


#7

I just count them as a Good fat source with the side effect of having a bit of protein and carbs. Nope I dont count em.