Protein shakes are a huge industry now, all over the world. Often promising to work miracles for your body. However, in many cases, people buy these supplement without first doing their research of what these powders actually contain and how they are manufactured. Several studies have recently been released of companies advertising that their products contain much more protein than they truly do. We want to forget about the standard whey protein shakes for now…however there will be a blog on the subject coming soon! For now, we want to focus our attention on the different types of vegan protein supplements out there and what health benefits they can give us. This is our review of the top 5 vegan protein supplements!
Pea Protein has a superb amino acid profile, close to that of milk and egg protein sources, which is sensational for a vegetable. It’s also very versatile as it has a high tolerance to heat, meaning it can be used in baking and in a variety of different dishes, from porridge to pancakes and even soups or smoothies. Containing 24g of protein per 30g serving, this is a sensational supplement for muscle growth and recovery.
Soy is the most widely used vegetable protein source and probably the most well-known. The soybean, from the legume family, was first reported in China in the year 2838 B.C. However, it wasn’t considered to be as valuable as barley, wheat and rice as a nutritional essential. Nowadays, soy protein is in a variety of different foods including processed foods, textured vegetable proteins soy nuts and cereal. Recent studies have shown many negatives to soy protein, one of which being that the powder also contains toxic substances that stops trypsin, a special enzyme, from carrying out its job, which is crucially to aid in the digestion of protein. Despite these negative studies, soy protein remains very popular and it’s no surprise as it contains a massive 27g of protein per 30g serving.
Rice protein contains 26g of protein per 30g serving and although the carbohydrates are slightly higher than in other alternatives, rice protein is tremendously easy to digest and is gentle on the digestive system. Dairy, lactose and gluten free, rice protein is ideal for those with allergies and is great to support a healthy protein rich diet. It is also considered to have one of the most complete amino acids spectrum's, fairly similar to that found in human breast milk, which means it’s many people’s top pick for muscle growth and recovery.
Hemp Protein has a moderate level of just 14g of protein per 30g serving. However, it also holds good levels of omegas 3 & 6 and plenty of plant fibre, this vegan friendly protein powder is perfect for those who are looking for a range of health benefits. While it still contains plenty of protein to keep your body replenished.
With its light and delicate nutty taste, sunflower protein is perfect to add to a variety of creations including shakes, smoothies, cookies, breads, porridges, ice creams, homemade spreads, homemade bars etc. It can also be used to thicken sauces or soups. Some users even use it as an organic emulsifier. Sunflower seeds seem to have countless uses, making them nutritionally impressive, they will also help you reach your daily recommended amounts of protein and fibre with up to 14g of protein and 6g of fibre per 30g serving.
Now you know everything there is to know about vegan protein supplements…just kidding! There is so much research, you could spend a lifetime trying to find the best protein supplement and everyone will have an argument for why they believe their protein is the best. Personally, you can’t beat natural unmodified food to supply your protein. I don’t agree with powders that have to go through a manufactured process before we can eat them being healthy. With that said, stay tuned as there may be a NEW all natural, high protein shake on the market very soon! Possibly by ProToGo...