Protein Complementation Combining different types of protein in order to make up for any amino acid deficiencies when each is eaten separately. Vegetables proteins often contain less than optimal amounts of certain essential amino acids such as lysine or methionine. Making the appropriate match creates a complete protein mixture that more nearly matches a high-quality protein providing ample amounts of the essential amino acids. Eating such a mixture with each meal does not seem necessary. Eating a variety of selected, whole, minimally processed plant protein foods throughout the day can supply the body with adequate essential amino acids. Traditional meals throughout the world often incorporate complementary proteins. Grains complement beans, peas, and lentils; examples are rice and bean casseroles, lentil curry and rice, wheat bread and baked beans, corn tortillas and beans. Seeds like sesame and sunflower complement peas, beans, and lentils: roasted nuts with soybeans; sesame seeds in bean soap; hummus (garbanzo beans plus sesame seeds). Milk products complement grains: pasta and cheese, cheese sandwich.
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