Protein is present in ALL plant foods. Usually sufficient caloric intake ensures adequate protein intake as long as protein dense foods are being consumed. It is not necessary to combine plant proteins in order to make ‘complete’ protein. The body naturally does this when amino acids from a varied diet are present. Nuts, seeds, grains and legumes are well-recognized sources of ‘good quality’ protein.
Soy protein should be used sparingly and avoided by people with allergies to soy or thyroid problems. Algae such as spirulina, chlorella and Klamath Lake algae are a great source of protein and other nutrients. (Check source for product purity)
A big issue in relation to protein is insufficient hydrochloric acid (HCL) and protease, present in the gut in order to breakdown and utilize amino acids.
You can improve this by:
- Avoiding refined carbohydrates, sugars, gluten and alcohol
- Increasing raw foods and vegetable juices
- Eating bitter foods such as endive, dandelion and radicchio at the start of a meal
- Adding apple cider vinegar to water and sipping at the start of a meal or put it on a salad
- Due to the severely depleted state of many digestive systems today a period of supplementation is often needed, even if on a raw diet