Many people (incorrectly) believe that plant-based foods provide a lower quality protein source. There is a good reason for this misconception, which we aim to explain, right here. So, before you dismiss vegan protein as a great source for your diet, check out this quick guide.
In order for a protein to be “complete”, it must contain all nine essential amino acids. These are:
While animal proteins contain entire essential amino acid chains (i.e., all nine essential amino acids), many plant proteins do not. On first inspection, this appears to be an issue.
In reality, there is not really an issue at all. Simply combine foods to create a complete protein. Peanut butter with bread and rice with beans are just two examples of how foods can mix to create a healthy, complete protein.
To find out more about complete proteins, and to calculate your daily requirements, check out the Fitness Savvy Protein Calculator.
BCAAs For Vegans
Branched-chain amino acids are essential, however, some studies have shown that vegans’ already superior insulin sensitivity can be impaired when supplementing with BCAAs. For this reason, it is important to only supplement if you are either fasting or if you are training extensively. You can find out more about BCAAs in our in-depth article.
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