Thursday, November 11, 2010
In Search Of: A Complete Protein
So I've been thinking about food preps. When the raw materials have gone up in the past, it "trickles down" into other types of foods. I'm thinking about Proteins That Move in particular - beef, pork, poultry and fish.
I like my meat, and look for deals whenever possible. I have been able to get very good deals on big pieces of pork tenderloin. I buy a 10 to 12 pound chunk, cut it into 3 pound pieces, and vacuum seal them.
But what if fresh meat becomes cost prohibitive, and we're forced to dig into our prepper food stores? What if we have to go veggie (gasp!)?
Non-meat protein (plants: legumes, nuts, vegetables, grains/seeds), for the most part, does not contain all of the amino acids we humans need. If we don't get them from some other source, our body will literally cannibalize itself to get the protein. Eww.
But, we can combine different types of plant proteins to build a complete protein.
This chart (PDF) give a good listing of plant proteins and the specific amino acids that are missing. The last column tells you what to eat with it to help get all of the amino acids you need to stay healthy.
This article, from the same site, states that you don't need to eat complete proteins at every meal. Your body will store the amino acids it's not using, and apply them later. They've got a bunch of quotes from Medical Doctors attesting to the fact. YMMV.
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Interesting stuff. I can't conceive of not having meat. I don't have a steak every day, but we have pork and chicken a lot. Fish, probably not as often as we should.
At a minimum, this will get you closer to a complete protein than just winging it, especially in a SHTF or some similar circumstance. Knowing that you need to combine plant proteins will make you more likely to do so.
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