Essential amino acid requirements

Stuart Dunn dunns99 at
Mon Dec 13 04:53:31 EST 1999

Jules wrote:
> Diet for a small planet, by Frances Moore Lappe.  Go to a library, it's
> over 20 years old.  If they don't have it ask them to get it in on
> inter-library loan.  There may be newer books, but this is the only one I
> know with this much detail.
> jules
No, don't read diet for a small planet. One edition of that book
contained inaccurate information on protein. Frances Moore Lappe claims
that you need to "complete" proteins, and besides, she thinks we can
solve the problem of world hunger without getting rid of socialist third
world dictators. It's not meat that's the cause of the famine in Africa;
it's socialism that is the source of the trouble. Meat is what makes
animals suffer, not humans.
> River Mouse <riverthemouse at> wrote in article
> <831b0q$u9$1 at>...
> > I'm reading that without an adequate balance of the eight essential amino
> > acids, the body is incapable of synthesizing tissue from protein.
> Instead,
> > surplus protein is reduced to simpler proteins for synthesizing
> > non-essential amino acids and/or converted to glucose and potentially to
> > fat.
> >
> > Another poster suggested that an excessive surplus could also result in
> the
> > formation of ill-defined muscle with the potential to break down more
> > easily. (Bulky versus lean muscle).
> >
> >
> > What ratio are the eight essential proteins needed in? Do these ratios
> > change in repairing muscles under extreme duress, i.e. in weightlifting?
> >
> >
> > Where can I find reference for the levels of the essential amino acids
> > contained in common foods? My particular interest is in vegan foods.
> >
> >
> >
> >

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