Nutrition myth BUSTIN’
True or False: Plant-based protein powders aren’t complete proteins
Mostly true. Single-ingredient plant products, such as pea or hemp protein, are not complete proteins on their own — meaning they don’t contain all nine essential amino acids. For instance, hemp, chia, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed and brown rice proteins are low in the amino acid lysine. But you can round out your amino spectrum by simply adding another source of lysine such as soy milk/powder, quinoa or cooked legumes such as lentils or black beans. Pea protein is low in methionine, but add in a little spinach or spirulina and you’re back on the spectrum.