• Bryan

Protein Quick Facts

Again I’m cornered by my meat-eating friends in a debate about protein. I was again unprepared to delve into the details properly. So more digging around, my goal is to establish quick FACTS that we can present.


  • A protein is a long strand “necklace” of amino acids connected together.

  • The body creates thousands of various types of protein using amino acid building blocks

  • The body creates thousands of various types of protein using amino acid building blocks

  • 13 of these essential amino acids, humans can manufacture ourselves.

  • 9 of these need to be eaten to combine into proteins chains

  • Meat/Dairy contains all 9 “complete” amino acids in one serving.

  • Peanut butter alone may only come with 6 of them

  • Whole wheat bread may contain 5 of them

  • Eating both peanut butter with bread, you get a complete set of all 9 amino acids

  • Humans need less than 80 grams of protein per day.

  • Vegetables do contain amino acids, just not all 9 we need in each one, and in smaller doses than meat.


Hopefully, we can print this quick list out, tuck it in our wallet, and help guide the understanding better.

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