The Amino Acid Conundrum · 19 September 2012

I am trying to figure out what I will call “The Amino Acid Conundrum” because it seems to be the only real argument for eating meat and dairy.

From what I have read so far, there are nine essential amino acids which the body must get from food sources. Meat has all of those essential amino acids which is why it is touted as such a great source of protein. But the animals we eat get those amino acids from the food they eat, which is leafy green stuff. So we ought to be able to do the same.

I am just starting my research, but so far it looks like a combination of grains, legumes, and seeds and nuts ought to be enough to get those essential amino acids. Those leafy green vegetables also have amino acids in them, so we can get plenty of protein from many different sources.

I am not too worried about getting the nutrients I need, especially when it comes to protein. I am fairly strong and healthy and seem to be getting more so. Still, I am going to do the reading and research to find out more.

This journey/science experiment/conspiracy is leading me places I never thought I would go. I am learning things I never even thought about and I want to know more. I still have much to learn about protein and amino acids (which I will of course share), but I now know that I do not need to eat meat and dairy to get the nutrients I need. Still, I know it is not the end of The Amino Acid Conundrum.

© 2012 Michael T. Miyoshi

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