Maintaining a Complete Vegetarian Protein and Amino Acid Profile

 

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Vegetarian Protein
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Krishen Iyer is a respected business presence in Fresno, California, who guides IHS Insurance Services and spearheads real estate investmentment projects. A health and fitness enthusiast, Krishen Iyer works out five days a week and maintains a diet that is largely organic and vegetarian.

Maintaining a rigorous fitness routine while staying away from meat can be challenging, but it is by no means impossible. A plant-based diet involves taking protein from a variety of cooked and raw vegetables, fruits, sprouts, and legumes such as black beans and lentils. In addition, starchy vegetables should be incorporated, along with whole grain breads and brown rice.

One thing to be aware of beyond proteins is the essential amino acid profile. Most complete proteins are found only in meat. Soybeans and associated soy products come the closest to providing a full set of amino acids, but they are deficient in methionine. Fortunately, this can be added to a vegetarian diet through complementary foods such as oatmeal, sunflower seeds, peanuts, and whole grain pasta.