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Which are the 9 essential amino acids and in what foods can we find them

Although the human organism consists of about 250,000 different proteins, these are made up of only 20 amino acids – and the body is able to manufacture only 11 of them.

The other nine – histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine – are the so-called essential amino acids. Since they can not be synthesized by the human body, it is necessary to acquire them through food.

Food of animal originSome foods like lean meats, eggs, milk, and their derivatives contain the nine essential amino acids and also the non-essential 11 that the body requires to function properly.

Foods such as pork, chicken and beef, plus fish such as salmon, tuna and sardines are rich in isoleucine, valine, leucine, phenylalanine, threonine, methionine, histidine and lysine.Chicken, turkey, rabbit, and fish like salmon, sardines, scallops, scallops, cod and tuna are rich in tryptophan.Milk and its derivatives, especially cheese, also contain practically all amino acids. And the egg, especially the egg, contains amino acids like isoleucine and valine.

Food of vegetable originChickpeas, soybeans, some beans, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, hemp seeds and pistachios contain all the essential amino acids.

Incorporating a variety of foods into the diet every day, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, animal and vegetable proteins, and healthy fats, is essential for the body to function properly.

  • Are you getting all the amino acids that your body needs?

    • Yes
    • No
    • Only some
  • Were you aware of this?

    • Yes
    • No
    • No

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