Healthy protein in your body is created from 20 essential amino acids. And these 20 essential amino acids help to make the amino acid chains that make up the vast amounts of proteins found in your body.
Technically, there are only 9 or 10 essential amino acids, but your body needs at least 20 essential amino acids to make the different combinations that will go into making the thousands upon thousands of proteins in your cells.
That is why most people will have to consume some animal foods or seafood at every meal in order to provide the proper building blocks for their bodies.
Amino acid chains are the actual building blocks for every protein in your body and they are composed of the various combinations of 20 essential amino acids or even more (according to some people).
Amino acids will get combined in an unlimited number of configurations to construct all of the required proteins for your body.
You need at least 20 essential amino acids to create your hormones, antibodies, blood, enzymes, hair, nails, bones, etc.
Foods are not all created equal and can vary in a number of ways such as in digestibility and the amino acid content.
In order to build the strongest protein chains there must be enough high quality protein in your diet that is digestible to help give you the 20 essential amino acids that will build your body.
Some vegans are putting this theory to the test by not eating much more than raw fruits and vegetables. This of course, will throw your hormones into a state of disarray - eventually.
Unfortunately, eating a lot of fruit will create sugar imbalances in your body over the long run. I don't think I've seen anyone who can dodge the sugar bullet for too long.
The human body was not really meant to consume high amounts of sugar - especially not fructose sugar which is found abundantly in fruit.
Too much sugar is too much sugar!
Shockingly, there is actually a decent amount of amino acids found in some fruit that apparently gets digested pretty easily when eaten raw. However, fruit is not a complete protein food source.
Healthy protein that's found in "raw" animal and seafood do supply the most amount of amino acids and enzymes. And these are the foods that will help to keep your hormones and neurotransmitters working properly.
I've seen raw vegans get away with quite a lot and this just shows you the power of eating raw amino acids and will power. Sadly, their bodies do eventually deteriorate!