People wondered about my explanation of microbiology and, after I read their comments, so did I! Fooducate asked me to rewrite, and this is the result, adapted for this blog.
The article had come about because I had questions “niggling” at me. I eat very little meat but lots of beans and whole grains. Here’s what I thought was true: Beans are an incomplete protein that needed to be completed to provide a protein that my body could use.
My questions were: What exactly is an incomplete protein? And what do I have to do to make sure it becomes complete? As my commenters and further research showed me, these questions were outdated and simplistic.
But let’s start at the beginning.