Protein is made up of amino acids. Your body uses 20 amino acids to form proteins necessary for muscle maintenance and biological function. Your body can manufacture 11 of these amino acids (called nonessential amino acids), meaning it must get the other nine from food. These nine amino acids are referred to as essential amino acids.
Animal foods can typically provide both nonessential and essential amino acids, while plant-based foods have lower levels but can be paired with other foods to provide an adequate intake of the 20 amino acids.
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