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Anonymous asked in Food & DrinkVegetarian & Vegan · 8 years ago

romaine lettuce is a complete protein?

I heard this from a vegan friend, and I thought he was completely delusional.

however i googled around, and I seem to be finding conflicting views. However, the majority seem to state that Romaine lettuce contains all 8 essential amino acids, thus it is a complete protein.

anyone else any insight/

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
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    It has virtually no protein http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and... .

    The "complete protein" thing was dispelled years ago by the person who came up with it http://www.veganforum.com/forums/showthread.php?26...

    Edit @ Stewie, yep it was me and you summed me up well! Over in the Travel Australia section we had a "show your face" day - very liberating. In fact I might see if anyone in V&V is interested. We're all humans afterall (*_*)

    Source(s): Further edit: although many foods have a amino acid profile that is "complete" for humans, the concept of a complete protein has mislead many people into thinking that they can eat, say, romaine lettuce and get all the protein they would normally get from meat. Common sense should tell them that that is not possible but it doesn't, as they're hoping for an easy way out - very dangerous for health.
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    4 years ago

    Lettuce Protein

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    4 years ago

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    romaine lettuce is a complete protein?

    I heard this from a vegan friend, and I thought he was completely delusional.

    however i googled around, and I seem to be finding conflicting views. However, the majority seem to state that Romaine lettuce contains all 8 essential amino acids, thus it is a complete protein.

    anyone else any...

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  • Jewel
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    If the amino acids are not actually assembled into a protein chain, then it's not a complete protein. It's potential protein waiting to be assimilated and assembled.

    And surely there are more efficient sources of amino acids in vegan diet than romaine lettuce.

  • 8 years ago

    It doesn't have any protein at all. Your vegan friend is misinformed.

    EDIT

    And yes, there is such a thing as a complete protein.

    A complete protein (or whole protein) is a source of protein that contains an adequate proportion of all nine of the essential amino acids necessary for the dietary needs of humans or other animals. Some incomplete protein sources may contain all essential amino acids, but a complete protein contains them in correct proportions for supporting biological functions in the human body.

    http://www.answerfitness.com/518/what-is-a-complet...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complete_protein

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/261335-list-of-c...

    I agree LOLwut that anyone who eats a variety of food can get complete protein without meat. I don't think anyone disputes that. All the complete protein means, is that someone doesn't have to eat a variety of foods to get complete protein. Its as simple as that. There ARE foods that are a complete proteins and there are foods that are NOT complete proteins.

    And Sheila, I liked your other picture better. I believe you can read a lot about a person from their smile and face. If that was you, you look like a very kind a caring person.

  • 8 years ago

    it could be, but it shouldn't make a difference. are you really going to eat only lettuce? so much easier said than done. please go ahead and eat some beans and rice and root veggies, it'll help you more. enjoying dishes and recipes are better and more healthy than thinking of food in terms of starch, carbs, fats, and amino acids. it's also better for the sake of humanity.

    romaine lettuce has good anti-aging properties, but that doesn't mean you can live off it.

    the egg is called a perfect food, but no one except for the crazies eat only eggs.

  • 8 years ago

    Lettuce is good for cellulose & water. Not really good for vital nutrients, enzymes, acids & proteins.

    Homegrown lettuce is ok in my book. Lettuce in store drenched in pesticides. Lettuce is very easy to grow. I grew it in a bucket partially filled with water.

  • 8 years ago

    Celery and cucumber together is a complete protein.

    But seriously, tell me what a complete protein is, and why the obsession with eating it at a meal.

    Oh, are you on death row and need it all at once?

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    The whole concept is a myth- anyone who eats a variety of foods gets complete protein.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protein_combining

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