At this point, we all know that eating protein is an important part of a healthy diet. It can assist with weight loss and help your body preserve muscle. But are you eating the right proteins?
Eating protein is a bit more complicated than just picking up a rotisserie chicken at Whole Foods. Here’s the thing: our bodies need nine different amino acids in order to function properly. These do things like repair tissues and breaking down foods properly (among many other functions) and are necessary because our bodies cannot produce them on their own.
According to this article in Women’s Health Magazine, complete proteins or the best proteins for your body — they contain all nine of those amino acids. These acids are: Histidine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophans and Valine.
Generally speaking, plant-based proteins are not considered to be complete (foods like nuts, seeds and beans). Complete proteins are foods like eggs, fish, meat and cheese.
Definitely something to consider during your next meal!