Protein plays a crucial role in almost all biological processes and amino acids are the building blocks of it.
A large proportion of our cells, muscles and tissue is made up of amino acids - 20% Of the human body is made up of protein.
~500 Amino acids are known, 20 appear in the genetic code,
9 are essential for humans because they cannot be created from other compounds by the human body, and must be taken from food.
Amino acids carry out many important bodily
give cells their structure;
play a key role in the transport and the storage of nutrients;
have an influence on the function of organs, glands, tendons and arteries;
essential for healing wounds and repairing tissue;
important removal of waste deposits.
Last Updated: 23 October 2016
plant-based diet is a diet of any animal (including humans) based on foods derived from plants, including vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fruits, but with few or no animal products.
Plant-based diet" has been used to refer to the following diets:
Vegan diet - no food from animal sources.
Fruitarian - consists primarily of fruit.
Raw vegan - food is uncooked and sometimes dehydrated.
Vegetarian - plant foods, may include eggs and dairy, but no meat.
Ovo-lacto vegetarian - includes dairy and eggs.
Ovo vegetarian - includes eggs but no dairy.
Lacto vegetarian - includes dairy but no eggs.
Pescatarian - diet with eggs, dairy and seafood.
Semi-vegetarian - with occasional inclusion of meat.