Plant Based Protein Vs. Whey Protein
For fitness enthusiasts, protein is paramount. Plant-based or not, protein is required to build muscle, and without it, you won’t see any results from exercise. The average person gets enough protein from a balanced diet, but dedicated muscle builders may need more protein than the average amount recommended for traditional diets. For this reason, protein shakes and protein bars have become widely popular even outside of the bodybuilding and fitness circle.
Where does whey protein come from?
Whey protein is considered to be by far the most common type of protein found in commercial protein powders and mixes. Whey protein is derived from (surprise!) whey, which is a byproduct of dairy processing. It is for this reason that whey protein products are unsuitable for vegans and people with lactose intolerance. It has also been found to cause gastrointestinal issues like flatulence in people without lactose intolerance. Not only that, but whey protein doesn’t have an incredibly tasty flavor on its own, which is why it is often masked with artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners.
Where Does Plant Protein Come From?
There are several different protein options for plant-based lifters and gym rats to choose from when you need to give your body that extra boost. Plant-based protein products, like the No Cow Lemon Meringue Pie Protein Bar, usually contain protein from plant sources like peas, soy, hemp, or brown rice. These ingredients make it easier to make delicious plant-based protein products and prevent lactose-related gastrointestinal reactions.
What Is The Difference Between Plant Protein and Whey Protein?
So what’s the difference between whey protein and plant-based protein, you might ask? The differences are in the amino acids found in these two types of protein. Amino acids are considered the building blocks of the body, and the reason whey protein is so popular is that it provides all 9 of the “essential amino acids.” These essential amino acids are necessary because they’re the ones that can’t be made by our bodies and have to come from our diet. Plant sources like brown rice provide a lower-calorie source of protein but often are not “complete” proteins like whey. This is why you’ll see multiple plant sources in the ingredient list of vegan protein products, like in Lenny & Larry’s Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Cookie.
With products like these utilizing multiple plant protein sources, plant-based lifters can maximize their efforts in the gym. Want to discuss meal plans and workout routines with other plant-based athletes? Visit the PlantX forums!
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