Essential amino acid requirements

ResNovae resnovae at mediaone.net
Mon Dec 13 05:16:22 EST 1999


The most recent edition retracts the original's concern re: getting
complete protein at every meal.

Your body can break down amino acids, store them indefinately, and then
recombine them into complete proteins when the other components become
available, so "protein combining" at every meal isn't neccessary like
the author first believed.

It's still a good book, but the older editionsaredefinately outdated.

Stuart Dunn wrote:
> 
> 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 hotmail.com> wrote in article
> > <831b0q$u9$1 at flood.xnet.com>...
> > > 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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