Cereals are usually thought of as a valuable source of calories, but they also represent an important source of protein. Cereal protein is especially valuable in our diets when we consider complementation of amino acids between various plant sources. Cereal protein represents an important component in the diets of people, roughly 16 to 45 grams per capita per day. This represents 70% of the total protein available in some areas of the world. Grains and grain legumes represent important sources of calories and protein. In fact, these two food sources represent our hope for overcoming protein calorie malnutrition in the developing countries. The consumption of cereal proteins in conjunction with food legumes results in a better balance in essential amino acids, thus higher protein quality. The complementary effects of various cereal:legume:tuber combinations are presented. It is important to keep in mind that combinations of plant proteins can be selected to provide high quality protein, especially for adults. Hopefully, this paper will stimulate others to evaluate protein combinations for providing high quality protein.
- Protein Quality
- Protein Requirement
- Reference Pattern
- Sulfur Amino Acid
- Nitrogen Retention
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Hackler, L.R. (1985). Cereal Proteins in Human Nutrition. In: Lásztity, R., Hidvégi, M. (eds) Amino Acid Composition and Biological Value of Cereal Proteins. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-5307-9_6
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