Complete Proteins & Scurvy
Scurvy & proteins don't really have anything to do with each other, I just didn't feel like opening two threads.
A vegetarian was talking to me about Complete vs. Incomplete proteins; not that many gun owners are vegetarian, but if there is a food shortage, the information is invaluable.
To get started a complete protein is a protein which contains all of the essential amino acids for the dietary needs of humans or other animals.
Complete proteins include:
Incomplete proteins only contain some of the amino acids which humans require. They should be combined with other complimentary proteins to make a complete protein. In the list below, one Group A protein can be combined with one Group B protein to create a complete protein.
- Soy (tofu)
- Amaranth (pigweed)
- Quinoa (type of grain)
- Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (blue green algae)
- Others (couldn't find a complete list)
References: vbrtrmn's survival.proteins Bookmarks on Delicious
- Group A
- breakfast cereal
- wheat products
- flour products
- Group B
- Legumes (Beans & Peas)
- chick peas
- mushy peas
- processed peas
- baked beans (yum!)
- petit pois
- Vegetables & Potatoes (Fresh or Frozen)
- baked potato with skin
- sweet corn
- sweet potato
- Nuts & Seed
- pumpkin seeds (these have a lot of protein)
One of the things rarely brought up on survival boards is scurvy, which is a disease caused by lack of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is required for the production of collogen. Scurvy was pretty common among sailor, pirates, and people involved in shipping, due to the inability to store fruits and vegetables. To avoid it, you can take a small amount of Vitamin C, which is sufficient. My recommendation, keep some general multivitamins, in your survival kit; all of them have expiration dates on the bottle, though it is unlikely that the vitamins are really going to expire as fast as the bottle states. If you normally take a multivitamin, you may want to buy an extra bottle and add it to a rotation.
Scurvy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The best multivitamin for you -- and 11 to steer clear of - CNN.com