Low Protein Food
and Improper Food Combining

Low protein foods along with improper food combining may lead to a deficiency of essential amino acids.

Protein sources are not all created equal! 

Low protein foods are almost always incomplete protein sources. 

Also, the absorption of protein sources that are complete proteins will be lowered by improper food combining.

In general, fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, nuts, and seeds are considered low protein foods.

Most of these low protein foods will not contain all of the essential amino acids that the human body needs in order to thrive.

Incomplete Low Protein Foods

1 cup Raw Raspberries - 1.5 grams

1 cup Raw Blackberries - 2 grams

1 Medium Raw Avocado - 4 grams

1 cup of Shredded Lettuce - .99 grams

1/4 cup of Raw Almonds - 7 grams

1/4 cup of Flax Seeds - 8 grams

1 cup of Cooked Barley - 5 grams

1 cup Cooked Broccoli - 3.7 grams

1 cup Cooked Green Peas - 9 grams

1 cup Cooked Asparagus - 4.3 grams

1 cup Button Mushrooms - 3.9 grams

1 Cooked Potato w/Skin - 5 grams

1 cup Cooked Wild Rice - 7 grams

1 cup Cooked Chickpeas - 15 grams

1 cup Cooked Black Beans -15 grams

In general, combining a low protein food with another low protein food is needed to create a complete protein. 

Beans and whole grain rice is one famous example. 

However, animal foods and seafood are complete protein sources.

And these protein sources will have a higher digestibility rate that will provide the right amount of essential amino acids.

Are You Properly Digesting Protein?

Protein digestibility helps to determine a protein sources' ability to be digested. 

Depending on the protein source, your body will be able to break down protein into amino acids with the help of enzymes and digestive juices.

I've also heard that it's really the good bacteria that live in your gut that actually does the majority of digestion.

Protein is a macro-nutrient that we need an adequate amount of every day to sustain our health and energy needs.

In order to sustain your health, the protein that you consume will need to be broken down into individual amino acids that can be absorbed into your bloodstream.

The amino acids will then be delivered to where they are needed in your body. 

You body can then reconstruct the amino acids as needed to keep your body strong and healthy.

Cooked Proteins are Harder to Digest!

The way that food is prepared and processed will have a great impact on its ability to give you adequate protein. 

For example, pasteurized milk will be greatly impacted by its ability to give you protein because its protein has been denatured and cooked.

On the other hand raw milk contains bio-available protein that has not been altered and is more easily digested.

And 100% grass fed raw milk comes with good bacteria.

Also, enzymes play a major role with the digestion of protein and they help to break down peptide bonds to release amino acids. 

Raw protein sources come with enzymes and cooked proteins are void of enzymes.

Cooked proteins will also come with toxic by-products because of the cooking process. 

Heterocyclic amines and AGE's are just a couple of concerning by-products.  These toxic by-products do not exist in raw protein sources.

Anti-Nutrients in Low Protein Foods

Low protein foods like grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes come with lots of anti-nutrients that can block protein absorption if they are not deactivated.

Anti-nutrients like enzyme inhibitors, phytic acid, tannins, and oxalates can prevent enzymes from digesting proteins. 

These anti-nutrients will all need to be deactivated by soaking, sprouting, or fermenting.

Grains and legumes will also need to be cooked before you consume them, so they will be void of any enzymes.

Improper Food Combining
Creates low Protein Foods

Proteins and Starches

Combining at the same meal foods that require both acid and alkaline digestive juices is probably responsible for 90% of digestive problems that will result in putrefied food.

The digestion of protein rich animal foods requires high levels of hydrochloric acid or an acidic environment. 

However, the digestion of carbohydrate rich foods requires a more alkaline environment.

Usually when you mix the two, they cancel each other out and both will not be properly digested.  The starches will start to ferment and the animal proteins will putrefy.

What about sushi (rice and raw fish)?  Foods like sushi may digest as long as you have enough gut bacteria.

Concentrated protein sources like steaks, steamed fish, and grilled chicken pair much better with leafy green salads and other non-starchy vegetables.

Proteins and Fats

High amounts of fat will inhibit the secretion of gastric juices needed to properly digest meat, poultry, fish, and eggs. 

Fat in moderation with high protein sources will not be a problem.

This kind of flies in the face of the ketogenic diet where fat is very prevalent at every meal.

Makes me wonder if this is the reason why some people start to do a carnivore diet after being on a ketogenic diet for a while. 


Protein and Fiber

Too much fiber can affect the absorption of protein. 

Whole grains, legumes, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fruits can all be great sources of fiber.

Fiber can form a gel-like structure in your digestive tract that can shield nutrients and protein from being digested. 

High fiber foods also have a tendency to be more alkaline which will disrupt the digestion of acidic animal foods.

Minimize the amount of fiber that you consume with acidic protein sources.

Protein and Fruit

In general, fruits should not be consumed with acidic protein sources.

Combining an acidic food with an alkaline food like fruit tends to stop the digestion of both foods.

Fruit especially sweet fruit digests best when eaten alone on an empty stomach.

In the raw food world the rules are a little different when it comes to food combining with concentrated protein sources.

Proper Food Combining Rules
for Raw Protein Sources

In general, concentrated raw protein sources that contain bio-available nutrients like enzymes will be more easily digested than cooked protein sources. 

However, concentrated raw protein still needs to be properly combined for proper digestion.

Fruits with acid like lemon, limes, and pineapple can be eaten with raw fish or seafood to make a ceviche as long as some sort of raw fat is combined.

This can include raw coconut cream, avocado, and raw cream.

Some of the sweeter tasting alkaline fruits can be eaten with unsalted raw cheese, raw milk, and raw eggs. 

This can include dates, bananas, apples, papaya, pears, and berries.

Fruits such as avocados and tomatoes can be eaten with raw acidic protein sources.

This can include raw cheese, raw seafood, and raw meats.

Improper Raw Protein Combination

Never combine a lot of raw vegetables with raw meats or raw seafood

This would include a large raw leafy green salad, raw green juices, raw vegetable juices, and raw carrot sticks.

Raw Eggs Digest Quickly

Eating a raw egg by itself "rocky style" will only take about 20 to 30 minutes to fully digest. 

It's probably the most digestible of all the raw protein sources.

And for every large egg, you'll get about 6 grams of high quality complete protein.

I consume at least 2 raw eggs per day - usually to get my day started in the morning.  They also make great pick-me-ups during the day.

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