By Robert Luby, MD
On September 25, City Market is offering a free class entitled “Protein 101.” Dr. Luby offers up some additional information to help you understand the difference between plant-based and animal-based proteins.
Note:This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before making any major changes to your diet or using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.
In recent years protein has received much less emphasis in the media than fats and carbohydrates. Together, these three categories of nutrients are known as “macronutrients”. This is to distinguish them from vitamins and minerals (“micronutrients”). Proteins are composed of amino acids, 22 of which are considered “standard” amino acids. Of these 22, nine are considered “essential”. That is, they are required in our diet because the human species is incapable of synthesizing them. All living things contain protein, therefore every plant or animal-based item in your diet will contain some protein. The focus of this article is the main differences between plant-based and animal-based proteins.