Green peas have a super wide range of the micronutrients and all the essential amino acids. They are high in three nutrients which pose a problem for vegans: lysine, leucine, and choline. If you are vegan, you would do well to add them to your daily diet.
Getting a lot of new information from using Cronometer daily. I now know that to just maintain my current weight is 2158 calories per day. My macro ratios looks something like 55% protein, 30% fat (while keeping saturated fat below 10 grams a day — my goal), and 15% protein. My individual amino acids look very good with just 15% protein with the exception of lysine. I’m regularly low in lysine. Not sure what to do about that. As for my vitamins and micronutrients, iodine is an issue and I’m eating seaweed now daily, but choline is another problem. Almost always low in choline despite being super high in just about everything else. I may start taking a choline supplement. As a vegan, don’t want to start eating hard boil eggs to solve this problem.
I have been tracking everything I eat for 7 days now in Cronometer, and it shows that my deficiencies are B12, iodine, and choline. So when they ask a vegan like me where do you get your protein (I get plenty of the essential amino acids and with only a 12% macro for protein), they should instead be asking where do you get your B12, iodine (no fish), and choline (no eggs). I already supplement with a B12 pill and have added either kept or seaweed to my diet for the iodine. Am considering adding a supplement for the choline. I read that choline deficiency can lead to fatty liver, and that choline deficiency is common.
Interesting fact: there are exactly 20 amino acids involved in making proteins in the body, 9 of which must be acquired through food — the so-called “essential” amino acids, but there are hundreds of other amino acids as well.
They now have refined the daily requirements for amino acids down to the individual 9 essential amino acids and how much of each one should take in — and which foods have the greatest amount for each.
Most people have no idea how nutritious they could make their meals. They’ve never taken the trouble to read anything about nutrition.
Watching the series “Mars” on Netflix. They are trying to grow their own food so the colony will be self sustaining. The lead person for promoting the growth of the plants has this line about human beings: “Without plants, we are nothing.”
Picked up a 20 oz. bottle of Pepsi that was lying on the ground, and read the ingredients. It has 69 grams of sugar!! Why aren’t these companies being sued for selling drinks to the public that endanger public health — would be my question. 69 grams of sugar equals 17 teaspoons in just 20 oz. of liquid. Almost a teaspoon for every ounce.
Still remember my mother at the dinner table telling us all to: “Eat your greens!” Kind of says it all.