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I am not too concerned about lacking protein, but it would be good to know what are good sources of complete protein.

asked Oct 31 '10 at 18:18

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martin ♦

The whole idea of a "complete protein" is total bunk in the first place. Silly question.

(Oct 31 '10 at 21:11) Scocasso

I disagree with Scocasso's comment. I, for one, would really like to know more about this.

(Oct 31 '10 at 22:32) nichouette

One of the most common questions I've been asked is "But where will I get my protein?". I think it would be very useful to have a nice list to answer them with (or to refer them to).

I would be interested in reading more about how "complete protein is total bunk". Would you please provide a link with more information?

(Oct 31 '10 at 23:19) martin ♦

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I see what you're getting at Martin, you want a list like this one that I copied from this website. It's not that complete proteins are a myth, it's that food combining to create whole proteins is not necessary.

"Here is a list of just a few very high quality vegetarian complete protein sources. Many of these would be considered centenarian foods:
~Edible Seaweeds
~Wheatgrass Juice: As well as other grass juices
~Most Leafy Green Vegetables: That includes lettuce, kale, spinach etc... Surprisingly 1lb of romaine lettuce has 2.1x more complete protein than 1lb of beef.
~Green Sprouts: Ex. sunflower sprouts are 35% protein.
~Algae: Chlorella, Spirulina and E3live are all protein powerhouses. They range from 50%-70% complete protein!
~Marine Phytoplankton
~Acai Berries
~Goji Berries
~White Turkish Mulberries
~Golden Inca Berries: Other various types of berries with complete protein exist too.

~Chia Seeds
~Hemp Hearts: A.k.a. shelled hemp seeds
~Buckwheat Sprouts
~Quinoa Sprouts
~Amaranth Sprouts
~Tocotrienols: These are rice bran polishings.
~Ramon Nuts: An environmentally sustainable food from the Amazon.

~Fermented soy products: Tempeh or natto are fermented and much safer than tofu, soy milk and soy protein.

~Maca: Herb that is missing 1 essential amino acid but contains all 19 other amino acids.
~Some Types Of Mushrooms: Ex. shitake has complete protein.

answered Nov 01 '10 at 13:49

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edited Nov 01 '10 at 20:03

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martin ♦

Wait - cauliflower?? What?

I just discovered how much protein was in avocado last week - amazing! And yay!

(Nov 23 '10 at 16:57) KKnowles
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