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Protein is one of the three vital macronutrients required for growth and development, with their amino acid composition the primary nutritional value; nine of these amino acids are deemed essential or indispensable for human health and require a dietary source. Protein sources are currently a topical issue as feeding the rapidly growing global population sufficient protein is fast becoming a global issue of food security, leading to the consideration of alternative dietary protein sources that can be produced more efficiently. Proteins can also be used to control the structural and textural properties of food due to their unique structural polymorphisms.

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