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    Default Amino acids anyone?

    At the request of my mother I took my newly vegan three-year-old to the GP. She's refering her to a dietician because she's concerned about amino acids. She said they are essential for growth in small children but some of them can only be gotten from animal products. Is this true? Can anyone advise me about this so I can go to the dietician armed with information?

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    Default Re: Amino acids anyone?

    I think your doctor is about 20 years out of date; current thinking is that you can get all the necessary amino-acids from plant foods (or else your body can make some of them from other amino-acids I think).

    Still, I suppose it won't do any harm to get some free advice from a dietician, as long as the dietician is up to speed on veganism of course.

    Quite a few web sites cover this question, usually under the heading "protein"

    http://www.webdietitians.org/Public/Files/veg.pdf
    http://www.vegsoc.org/info/vegan-nutrition.html
    http://www.vegfamily.com/dietician/0105a.htm

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    Goji berries are a great source of amino acids, protein, and vitamin A.
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    All proteins are made from amino acids, there are 8 which are essential for human development and another 14 which are also utilised but we make ourselves. Some people are even allergic to the essentials (phenylketone nuretics cannot digest phenylalanine and it causes brain damage for these people).

    I was in a health food store the other day and the guy who knew everything upon learning I am vegan was asking how I get my amino acids. He couldn't add up the info he got however long ago that says 'you must have eggs and dairy' with the reality that veganism has been around for 60 something years and if there is one thing we don't need to worry about when adhering to a balanced vegan diet its protein.

    http://www.realtime.net/anr/aminoacd.html#tryptophn

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    i just use yeast flakes and braggs. i had never even heard of aminos until i went vegan. i am sure i get more than the average person- i don't know if it helps me or not

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    Well, too much protein isn't good for you - it's one of the (many) reasons why the standard American diet is unhealthy.

    I thought Braggs Aminos were like hydrolized vegetable protein - ie a salty mix of proteins to be used as a flavouring or flavour enhancer

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    Default Re: Amino acids anyone?

    I have submitted a question to the dietician at this site, thankyou

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    Default Re: Amino acids anyone?

    Is Phenylalanine derived from animals ?? i am slightly confused on this, i know it is an amino acid but does it come from animals or is it just that animals contain this. Like, when it is in sweets or gum is this directly an animal by product, or can it be created?


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    Default Re: Amino acids anyone?

    greenboy, did you ever get a response? i was about to start a new thread to ask that exact question.

    so, is phenylalanine vegan??
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    Aspartame, AKA nutrasweet, is vegan according to this.

    "Aspartame (V): an artificial sweetener known as NutraSweet prepared from aspartic acid and phenylalanine (vegan according to the NutraSweet Company)"

    A cursory scan by me of Nutrasweet's own website for verification never found the use of the word "vegan", however, like that link implies.

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    Us vegans are missing out on some animal aminos like purines; gout, anyone?
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    It is true if I recall correctly that young children require an additional (two is it?) amino acids as essential than adult humans; however, these do not need to be derived from animals (though you could count breast milk that is given by consent of the mother as a vegan source of animal derived amino acids among other components, but there are also soy formulas for infants).

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