Can beans and lentils alone fulfil my daily protein requirement?

Medically Reviewed by Checkmark Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Sravanthi Sunkaraneni

Not exactly. The daily protein requirement is different for each person and depends on their age, sex, activity levels, muscle mass, overall health, etc. The requirement for protein changes tremendously during pregnancy and lactation. 

The Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for protein is at least 0.8 g/kg/day for Indian adults. A study has shown that meeting the RDA values may help maintain a healthy weight through the loss of fat mass, not the lean mass (muscle). Estimated protein intake values for different age groups are available here.

Beans and legumes are plant-based proteins which do not contain all the necessary amino acids essential for maintaining good health. Research shows beans lack amino acids such as methionine and cysteine and legumes lack methionine. 

Methionine controls the growth and repair of body tissues while cysteine has antioxidant properties. Therefore, beans and legumes alone cannot fulfil daily dietary protein requirements. But combining beans and legumes with nuts, seeds and whole grains can fulfil the dietary requirements.

A nutritionist can help better understand which food items meet your protein requirement.

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