bwhite829 wrote:greens are a good source of protein actually, of course not as high in protein as beans, but a much healthier source. greens are some of the best things you can eat in terms of sheer nutrition per calorie.
A lot of the protein is in the green chlorophyll. (Of course, it is "plant protein" and not quite "people protein.")
Since, about 16% of protein is nitrogen - nitrogen fertilizer is important to the plant for making chlorophyll.
The plant then uses this chlorophyll for photosynthesis of carbohydrates which it stores as starches as it grows.
A lot of what is in a green leaf is just water. If we allow our greens
to dry in the sun, they will lose their chlorophyll and turn white.
Protein will be lost to the atmosphere as ammonia.
Okay, so I'm no biochemist
. And, the nuances of this is above and beyond me but, this has been about as much as my little pea brain has been able to gather over the years.
who loves his greens
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