incomplete protein

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incomplete protein


Definition A term of art for a protein lacking one or more essential amino acids.

Comments Whilst proteins of animal origin–e.g., meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, and eggs are usually complete, proteins of plant origin–e.g., legumes, grains, and vegetables are often incomplete.

Incompleteness can be addressed by combining complementary plant-based foods–e.g., corn, which lacks tyramine, but is rich in methionine with beans, which are rich in tyramine, but have little methionine.

Synonym Partial protein


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