Vegetable protein

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Humans require about 50 grams of dietary protein per day from plant or animal sources. Dietary protein is required to supply nutritionally indispensable amino acids:

  • histidine,
  • isoleucine,
  • leucine,
  • lysine,
  • methionine,
  • phenylalanine,
  • threonine,
  • tryptophan, and
  • valine.

Dietary protein is also required to supply nitrogen for the biosynthesis of nutritionally dispensable amino acids:

  • aspartic acid,
  • asparagine,
  • glutamic acid,
  • alanine, and
  • serine

as well as other physiologically important nitrogen-containing compounds such as

  • nucleic acids,
  • creatine, and
  • porphyrins. [1]

Vegetable protein intake is inversely associated with blood pressure.

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