Proper Nutrition Part II: Complementary Proteins

Well hello there,

Welcome to Proper Nutrition Part II with Dr. Steven Janowski. This week, we will focus on complementary proteins and their importance in the diet. Complementary proteins form when you combine plant foods in order to obtain a balanced intake of essential amino acids. Examples of complementary proteins include:

(corn + beans)    = complete protein
(orange juice + oatmeal).  = complete protein
(legumes + grains) = complete protein
(rice + soy beans) = complete protein

For the more carnivorous of folks, red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy already contain the 9 essential amino acids for our diet.

What does this mean for the skier diet? Well folks, if your diet consists of ramen noodles, oatmeal, and rice, make sure to combine those items with a complementary food to obtain all the essential amino acids.    After all, athletes perform at higher levels when properly nourished!

Stay tuned for more information on Proper Nutrition featuring Dr. Steven Janowski !

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