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What’s the Deal With Complete and Incomplete Protein—and Does It Even Matter?

What’s the Deal With Complete and Incomplete Protein—and Does It Even Matter?

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Good news: you (probably) don't need to stress about eating complete protein foods. If you’re a big fan of quinoa, or chia seeds, you may have heard them touted as complete proteins. In a nutshell, that means they contain all of the nine essential amino acids required to build and repair protein tissues in the body. But the question is: does that matter? The short answer is no, not really. But first, let's back up a step.Animal-based foods like eggs, dairy, fish, and meat are complete proteins; while most plant foods are incomplete—meaning certain amino acids are missing from the protein puzzle.Some people believe that in order to utilize plant protein efficiently, you must eat so-called "complimentary proteins" t