Incomplete Protein

By: Vicky Riewer

What is it?

Incomplete Proteins are proteins lacking one or more essential amino acids; foods from plant sources provide incomplete proteins. Except for soybeans, all foods from plant sources have incomplete proteins. Even though the foods may lack amino acids you can get obtain them by eating different foods and enough calories during the day. This is very important for vegetarians. Because they are eating more plant source foods they have to make sure that they get more amino acids and more proteins from other foods that don't include meat.

Where is it found?

Foods that are lower in protein would be foods that are from plant sources. Vegetarians have a more of a chance of having incomplete protein foods. Because meat has more protein in it and since they don't eat meat they have to find there protein from other foods. Things like dairy such as Swiss Cheese, Fat-Free Yogurt, and Cheddar Cheese.

Effects if you lack that nutrient?

It can lead to the loss of muscle mass, you can feel weaker. You may become irritable and develop a skin rash and change your hairs texture. If you have too little protein it can result in shock and finally death.

Extra Info.

Some examples of foods that are incomplete proteins are

  • Grain
  • Nuts
  • Beans
  • Seeds
  • Peas
  • Corn