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Do eating Rice and Beans together complete proteins?

By December 9, 2016Fact or Myth

Fact or Myth?

Do you need to eat rice with beans for your body to use the proteins in them?

Proteins are made up of different combinations of 20 amino acids, the problem is that the human body, as a complex mechanism, can only produce 11 of these; we must then get the other 9 from our food in order to stay healthy. Animal-based protein-rich foods such as meat can provide all 9 of these so called “essential amino acids”, but almost all plant foods lack at least one of them.

What they say!

Experts in the past suggested to eat plant-based foods along with complementary sets of amino acids (such as beans and rice) in order to get what your body needed in order to make proteins. More recent studies, however, show that these don’t have to be consumed during the same meal, and that what is really important is to eat a variety of foods throughout the day instead.


Your body will be able to use the protein contained in beans as long as you consume a variety of foods in your normal diet; beans and rice, although delicious together, do not have to be eaten at the same time.

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