Supplementary action of proteins

  • Pulses are rich in proteins but are deficient in sulphur containing amino acids like methionine and cysteine
  • Cereals are deficient in amino acid lysine
  • When pulses and cereals are taken together, they have a synergistic effect as the limiting amino acid of one is provided by the other
    • This property is known as supplementary action of proteins

Some food combinations based on supplementary action of proteins:

  • peanut butter sandwich
  • rice and beans

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