Complete/Incomplete Proteins


#1

Looks like all the protein in Soylent 1.0 is from rice. Is that a complete protein, or will it be missing some essential amino acids?


#2

First of all, please use the search function before asking questions.

Rice may very well not be a complete protein. Incomplete does not mean it lacks a type of amino acid entirely, just that when eating the minimum amount of protein there is a shortage. Soylent has adequate protein to make this a non issue.

This has been discussed on this forum before, it should not be that hard to find.


#3

Thanks! I searched the forum for “rice complete protein” and got the following results, none of which address my question:

Powdered Milk, lowfat - How complete are the proteins?
“Organic Soylent” from Finland
Peas and infertility.


#4

Brown rice protein contains all 9 essential amino acids. It is not a “complete protein.” Having all 9 essential amino acids however, means that your body can synthesize the remaining ones it needs. Some of the 9 essential amino acids are lower in brown rice protein then they are in other sources, but at the amounts consumed in Soylent they are adequate.


#5

Yeah, that’s a disappointing discovery - the search function is a little useless. That being said, searching the terms individually, and using google gives you plenty of results. Soylent will have complete protein amounts because it’s using complementary sources.


#6

I’m glad you mentioned complementary sources because I should have mentioned that, that there is protein in the oats too, that combined with the rice and you got plenty of protein that your body needs.