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Vegetarian cooking does not necessarily mean that you are giving up all of your proteins. Plants have proteins as well as animals. However, there is a difference in plant proteins and animal proteins.
The difference is in the amino acids. While animal proteins contain all of the essential amino acids required by the body, making them complete; plant proteins do not. This makes plant proteins incomplete proteins.
Since different vegetarian proteins contain different amino acids it is possible to combine different sources of protein to include all of the essential amino acids. This means that you can add to plants together to get a complete protein serving.
Grains such as rice, barley, and oats contain plant proteins with similar amino acids. Legumes such as beans, peas, and soy contain a different set of amino acids. Other nuts and seeds are yet another groups of proteins included in vegetarian cooking.
By combining two or more ingredients from different groups, you end up with a complete protein. This effectively replaces the proteins lacking in vegetarian cooking. Many of these ingredients are not hard to pair with each other such as rice and beans. In many cases the ingredients compliment each other fairly well.
Amino acids have various important roles in your body. They not only repair your cells, carry oxygen, and fight bacteria and infection, but they also aid digest by breaking things down. There are some amino acids, the ones we referred to above as essential, which can not be produced inside your body. The only way to include these amino acids is to maintain a proper diet.
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