If You Want To Get Buffed Without Eating Animals, How Do You Calculate Total Protein Intake From Incomplete Protein Sources?

A nice question. Also, one that will be the basis of some controversy and much argument.

Be prepared to follow the rant:

FOOD COMBININGor trophologyis a prevailing and persistent myth that doesn’t stand up to scientific scrutiny, it is just not true. Yet this perfidious and popular mollycoddle is a religious belief that refused to die an honourable death, no matter how hard the steel toed boot of truth tries tonkick it. Almost everyone takes this FOOD COMBINATIONm  misconception as given fact and common knowledge and repeats it, especially those who really shouldn’t, for instance, vegans and vegetarians.

Although there has been several methods of protein calculation put forth (i.e. PDCAAS, NPU, BV, etc.), there is as yet no method that has received a quorum of consensus amongst the scientific community as a way to precisely solve the equation.

Does this conundrum pose a practical problem for those of us interested in getting the optimal amount of protein for muscle building and health concerns, yet would prefer not to slaughter and eat poor creatures that never did us any harm? No, not in the least.

Modern research seems to support the position that no special care or tacit knowledge needs to be resorted to in order to figure out practical protein intake.

As long as caloric intake is adequate and sufficient, the non-animal sources of protein are sensibly varied, the individual is not practicing any particularly heinous form of food restrictions (or otherwise in state of malnourishment or starvation), total amount of protein intake can be calculated effectively as the sum of the protein count found in the individual food sources consumed, whether your foodstuffs are classified as containing “complete” proteins or not.

For example: say you have a romantic vegetarian evening planned and decide to whip up a vegetable paella with a cup of sweet corn containing 400 Kcals and with about 10g of proteins, a 40g portion of red lentils ( 150kcals) with 20g proteins, a heaping cup of whole grain rice having 250 Kcals 25g proteins, some special spices, a dash of virgin olive oil, chilies and a tomato. Voila! You have a tasty dish containing roughly 800 kcals or so and a a a respectable 55g worth of protein bound to help in your quest to build some muscle and impress your beautiful guest. Thrown in, along as a freebie, no sacrifice of cute, furry animals to haunt your conscience and wreck your sleeping moments.

So yeah, basically it’s that simple.

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