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From: David ( -
Subject: Re: Transitioning to veganism
Date: January 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm PST

In Reply to: Transitioning to veganism posted by Steve Borgman on January 17, 2013 at 4:40 pm:

As the chef instructor of a Culinary Arts program, I teach a class on nutrition. Protein is not the body's main source of energy. We use carbohydrates. Carbohydrates may be simple or complex. Examples of simple carbohydrates that provide short bursts of energy are candy and sodas. For longer lasting energy, what you really want are the complex carbohydrates found in grains such as oats, rice, barley, or pasta.

Although protein can provide your body with energy, the main purpose of protein is to provide the amino acids your body needs to build cells. Vegans need to eat complete proteins in order to get all of the essential amino acids that our bodies need. Examples of a complete protein would be red beans with rice or Spanish rice with a bean burrito. Another example would be hummus eaten with whole wheat pita bread.

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