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What is complete & incomplete protein?

Protein is made up of 20 building blocks called amino acids.

Your body can make 11 of these on its own. Because your body can make these itself, these are considered non-essential amino acids.

The other 9 (our body can't make) are call essential amino acids.


From there, the protein we consumed is considered either: complete & incomplete.

'Complete' has all 9 essential amino acids, sources include- meat, fish, eggs, and most dairy products.

'Incomplete' has some but not all essential amino acids, sources include nuts, whole grains and vegetables.


Fortunately you can combine incomplete protein sources to make it complete.


I hope this helps clear up what the difference is between complete & incomplete protein!





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