Animal-based sources of protein like eggs and meat provide all essential amino acids. However, almost all plant-based foods lack at least one kind of essential amino acid. This is the reason why the latter were known as incomplete source of protein.
A vegetarian diet is often misunderstood for lacking sufficient protein or foods that are sources of complete protein. Also, it is known that eating foods in certain combinations is an effective way to get sufficient protein. For instance, you need to eat beans with rice or lentils and other legumes with the rise is the only to get complete protein from them. However, this is anything but true. Nutritionist Pooja Makhija recently took to Instagram share the truth about protein, and how exactly you can get complete protein from a vegetarian diet.
Protein: How you can get complete protein from a vegetarian diet.
Proteins are the building blocks of the body. You need protein for building muscles, neurons, losing weight and for healthy skin and hair. Protein are made up of about 20 different types amino acids.
Our body can make only 11 of these amino acids. The other nine kinds of amino acids must be obtained from foods rich in protein. These nine amino acids are also know as essential amino acids, informs Makhija.
Thus, complimenting beans with rice was considered to be a good meal for getting complete protein. But, it is not necessary that you should eat these two foods together, in one meal. “The body actually creates a protein basket, and the amino acids from everything that you eat gets added to this basket. So, if you’ve eaten beans like rajma or black-eyed beans, or even paneer or legumes during the day, and rice by the night, all the amino acids will still be available to your body,” the Mumbai-based nutritionist informs.