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Protein is made of
building blocks called
amino acids. Although the human body can make some of
these amino acids, nine of them (the essential amino acids) must be obtained
from food. Soy foods and animal sources of protein (milk, eggs, meat, poultry,
fish, and seafood) contain all the essential amino acids in the amounts our
Most plant foods contain some of the essential amino acids in
varying amounts. Beans have some amino acids, and grains have other amino acids. Eating these different types of food throughout the day will provide your body with adequate protein.
Most adults should eat 5 to 7 ounces of protein foods a day.
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ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Current as ofFebruary 19, 2016
Current as of:
February 19, 2016
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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