Healthy Food, Nutrition

The Nine Essential Amino Acids


What is an amino acid?

They are the organic compounds that form proteins.

What are essential amino acids?

Essential amino acids cannot be made by the body and must come from the food we eat. If you want to find out more about Amino Acids and what they can do for you, it might be worth googling – amino acids benefits to learn more.

What are the nine essential amino acids and what foods are they in?

Foods with higher concentration of amino acid listed first.

Histidine – beef, turkey, lamb, chicken, pork, bison, catfish, duck, + more

Isoleucine – egg white, soy, turkey, chicken, seaweed, lamb, crab, + more

Leucine – egg white, soy, seaweed, moose, elk, chicken, tuna, + more

Lysine – chicken, turkey, tuna, ling, pike, cod, cusk, sunfish, + more

Methionine – egg white, halibut, orange roughy, elk, chicken, tuna, + more

Phenylalanine – pork, beef, lamb, catfish, turkey, veal, trout, salmon, + more

Threonine – watercress, seaweed, moose, turkey, tilapia, buffalo, orange roughy, + more

Tryptophan – sea lion, elk, seaweed, soy, spinach, egg white, seasame seeds, crab + more

Valine – egg white, elk, seaweed, soy, watercress, turkey, moose, tuna, + more



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