Let’s take a moment to understand why we need protein in our diet and the difference between whey based protein versus plant based protein.
Protein is comprised of building blocks called amino acids, which help repair and build new muscles. Protein is needed for balancing hormones, assisting in weight loss, supporting digestion, detoxification and a healthy immune system. Protein is also the key nutrient that helps you get ageless glowing skin and lean toned muscles.
Whey Based Proteins:
Whey protein is derived from cow’s milk and is the liquid leftover when milt is turned to cheese. Whey is poplar because it’s cheap, highly accessible and – it works. However, it has a few downsides to it as well:
- Whey protein contains lactose (the sugar found in milk). Lactose is problematic for an increasing number of us, and can lead to flatulence, diarrhea and feeling bloated. In fact, it is believed that as much as 65 percent of the human population has an impaired ability to digest lactose after infancy;
- Most of the products out there are heavily processed. This heavy processing severely degrades the nutritional quality of whey – including the quality of the protein itself; and
- Most whey based proteins have artificial flavours and additives in them.
Plant Based Proteins:
In general, plant based proteins share these common friendly features:
- Allergen-free as plants are much easier to digest than dairy products;
- Most brands add little or no artificial sweeteners; and
- As long as the plant based protein is a combination of pea and brown rice, then it ticks the box when it comes to getting your requirements for amino acids