essential amino acid

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essential amino acid

[i′sen·chəl ə′mē·nō ‚as·əd]
(biochemistry)
Any of eight of the 20 naturally occurring amino acids that are indispensable for optimum animal growth but cannot be formed in the body and must be supplied in the diet.
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She also notes that the amino acids found in complementary proteins work together overall, and they need to be consumed in the same day, but they do not need to be consumed together at the same meal, as was previously believed.
Do you have to eat complementary proteins at the same meal?
Lacto-ovo vegetarians (who eat dairy and eggs) needn't worry about mixing complementary proteins.

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