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TO SOY OR NOT TO SOY?
We call foods that are lacking in one or more of the essential amino acids incomplete proteins or low biological value foods. These include grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, and vegetables. Protein combining theory combines incomplete protein foods in a meal to supply all the essential amino acids. In other words, you can create a complete protein by combining complementary incomplete protein foods.
In the 1970s, nutritionists believed that a meal must supply all the essential amino acids at the same meal and in the correct proportions to create a complete protein. This theory was promoted by Frances Moore Lappe in her book Diet For a Small Planet in 1971. However, in a newer edition published in 1982, she revised the protein combining theory and stated that a varied diet of grains, beans, and vegetables provides all essential amino acids even without intentional combining.