LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A reality check for vegans

Published: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 07:08 PM.

Dear editor,

Here's a little dose of reality to the vegans, Time magazine and the Mayo Clinic "notes" published Friday from a Fort Walton Beach reader on www.crestviewbulletin.com.

"Animal-derived protein such as meat, fish, milk and eggs provides the body with essential amino acids that are required for life, but are not produced by the body and must be eaten," Livestrong.com states, citing "The Schwarzbein Principle: The Truth about Losing Weight, Being Healthy and Feeling Younger" by Diana Schwarzbein and Nancy Deville.

"Plant-derived protein such as nuts and beans are considered 'incomplete proteins' because they are lacking in one or more of these essential amino acids," the article states. "Vegans must combine foods carefully to ensure they are consuming all the essential amino acids in the proper proportions."

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