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Nailo
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Well, I'm on my quest to gradually become more and more of a real vegetarian. My biology teacher is really not educated about the subject of nutrition, so I always try to double check what he says on things like this. He said that not only is red meat the only source of amino acids (oh, salmon is not in that category), he said that if I stopped eating meat completely I would not get any more amino acids. I'd like to know if this is true or not, and if not, where do you get your amino acids from if you're a vegetarian?

Also, as a side question. To those with experience with soy milk. What does it taste like? Does it taste the same to milk? Really, I'm curious about trying this, because I don't drink too much milk. It's my least favourite dairy product, and I think I could probably eliminate it. Is there such thing as soy yogourt and/or cheese I could try too? Curiosity, mostly.

P.S: ok, just found out about soy beans for amino acids. Anything else?

[ 07-24-2006, 01:23 AM: Message edited by: Nailo ]

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Your biology teacher seems to be completely clueless and misinformed.

Amino acids (the building blocks for proteins) are found in all sorts of foods - red meat, white meat, fish, dairy products, eggs, soy products, beans and grains.

It's a good idea to make sure you're getting enough protein if you're a vegetarian, but as you can see from that list there are plenty of vegetarian (and vegan) protein sources.

Soy milk doesn't taste exactly like milk, but try it - you might like it. And yup, there are soy "yoghurt" and "cheese" substitutes.

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If you find you don't like the taste of soy milk, there are other alternatives to milk - rice milk is great, and although I've never personally tried it, several people I know really like almond milk.

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Nailo
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So beans, grains, dairy and soy products? K, sounds good [Smile]

Also, another kinda off topic question that's a bit silly. Yogourt? Yoghurt? How do I spell that? (In British English or American English).

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So beans, grains, dairy and soy products?

Give or take, depending on how you want to interpret your vegetarianism - for example, some vegetarians eat eggs.

And oops, I forgot nuts: they're great protein sources.

Yogourt? Yoghurt? How do I spell that?

"Yogurt" and "yoghurt" are the two most common spellings, I think.

And yep to what karybu said; I don't like soy milk, but I love Tiger White (which is sold in the UK and made from chufa roots, like horchata de chufa), and actually think it tastes better than dairy milk.

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Nailo
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quote:
And oops, I forgot nuts: they're great protein sources.
So basically anything with a significant amount of protein has amino acids? (Logic, I don't like eggs [Smile] that's why I didn't mention them).

I've definitely heard of horchata, but not of chufa...I'll have to look them up.

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quote:
So basically anything with a significant amount of protein has amino acids?
Exactly. Proteins are essentially long strings of amino acids linked together, so when you ingest a protein, your body breaks it down into its component amino acids, and uses those amino acids. Make sense?

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Some people say that soy milk has a bitter taste but it really depends on the brand of soy milk you drink. And you get used to it eventually.

At first, I didn't like soy milk because of the taste but now I really don't mind drinking it. That's my morning source of proteins.I think it is far more healthy than dairy milk (from my point of view at least, I know others could disagree on that).

I've never tried soy cheese or soy yogurt but I've tried soy ice cream but to be honest I'm not a big fan of it, maybe that's because it taste mostly like sugar.

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Also taste differs between brands.. for instance I don't mind Silk soymilk. But other brands I don't like nearly as well.

experiment!


(psst: Tofutti Cuties are soy ice cream sandwiches and are pret-ty good!)

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