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What Is A Complete Protein?

I’ve heard that a complete protein has all 8 EAAs. Is this protein a more effective muscle builder than a typical protein? I might not even be conceptually right how this works, so excuse my lack of knowledge.

What are some good food combinations to get this effect? I’ve heard a couple, but I’m not even sure if they are correct:
nuts w/ seeds
beans w/ rice

Complete equal yes all aminos think, meat, fish, dairy, things that walk, fly or swim or come from them like eggs, milk

incomplete missing aminos so if it were your only significant source your body would steal that from somewhere as needed

yes, rice/beans, oats / buckwheat, buckwheat and most grains.

easiest thing make sure you have a complete source i dont even count beans rice etc

Phill

[quote]Phill wrote:
Complete equal yes all aminos think, meat, fish, dairy, things that walk, fly or swim or come from them like eggs, milk

incomplete missing aminos so if it were your only significant source your body would steal that from somewhere as needed

yes, rice/beans, oats / buckwheat, buckwheat and most grains.

easiest thing make sure you have a complete source i dont even count beans rice etc

Phill[/quote]

I think beans & rice need cheese to be complete because rice is so low in protein. As a rule though, whole grains + legumes = complete protein. It’s obviously not of the quality of whey though.

To the OP, if you are vegetarian just get a list of grains and legumes and put 2 & 2 together.

If you really like this stuff take an entry level nutrition course at a community college, it’s really good.