What is a "Complete" protein?

What is a "Complete" protein?

complete proteins contains all 9 essential amino acids for life

First off, "What is a complete protein?"

A complete protein is a food that contains all 9 essential amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks in the body that are "essential" for sustaining life. There are 20 amino acids that our body uses to perform task in the body like building proteins, neurotransmitters, and hormones. We also use them to create and repair tissue in the body. As you might guess we would not be able to sustain life without these little guys. 


Of the 20 amino acids 11 of them can be made from the other nine essential amino acids. Meaning you can eat food with the nine essential amino acids and use those nine to build or create the any of the other 11 you’re missing. These nine amino acids are histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. Humans cannot manufacture these no matter what nutrition building blocks are available so it is manditory to have food with these molecules. 

What foods are complete proteins?

This is kind of a trick question. Some food contains all nine essential amino acids but the quantity is not enough to meet the requirements that a person needs. So foods have been tested to see if they meet the minimum requirements of the essential amino acids. If they do, they are considered "complete". The foods below naturally contain the nine essential amino acids. 

Animal sources

  • ‌Eggs
  • Poultry (chicken or turkey)
  • Fish
  • Dairy products (examples: milk, cheese, or yogurt
  • ‌Beef
  • Pork

Plant Sources

  • Soy products, such as edamame or tofu
  • Hemp
  • Quinoa
  • Buckwheat
  • Spirulina
  • Chia seed

As you can see there are numerous options for finding both plant and animal sources of complete proteins.

Our product is a complete protein!

We use a combination of Pea and Rice protein to get a complement of amino acids to make it a complete protein. Pea protein itself is almost a complete protein. It exceeds the minimum for all the essential amino acids except for methionine. Rice protein is almost a complete amino acid as well but does not meet the minimum for lysine. However, when you combine the Pea and Rice protein together you get a great vegan source of all nine essential amino acids. 

So why not just use an animal protein?


Reason 1

Plant protein blend has several advantages. Starting off with the environmental impact. It takes fewer resources to produce pea and rice protein than animal proteins like dairy.  This means the environmental impact of resources used and carbon produced is less.

Reason 2

These two proteins are also great for people with allergies or sensitivities to soy, lactose, eggs, nuts, and gluten.

Reason 3

They are easy to digest and do not usually cause cramping, gas, bloating, diarrhea, or other digestive issues. Hence, these are great for the Low FODMAP diet.

This trifecta of low allergy, low FODMAP (gut sensitive), and more environmentally sustainable is why this protein combination is a win-win situation. A great blend for an what is an amazing protein powder. 

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