Vegan Protein and Supplements: Everything You Need to Know
One undebatable fact about nutrition is that protein matters.
An essential macronutrient that’s present in every cell in our body, proteins are vital in providing structure and allowing our bodies to function by building and maintaining tissues, bones, muscles, cartilage and skin.
When it comes to exercise, protein performs three crucial jobs – repair, maintain and grow.
Is all Protein the Same?
Proteins can be derived from many sources. They are not exclusive to animal-based sources. Popular plant-based sources include legumes, grains, vegetables and soy, they all contain protein. These plant-based proteins offer many unique health benefits.
When it comes to vegan protein powders, the most common sources include brown rice, soy, hemp and pea protein. The majority of carbohydrates, including sugar and starches, are removed so the result is powder high in protein. Just like whey protein, this can then be easily mixed with water or plant-based milk or added to oats, yoghurt and baking as you wish.
Whey vs. Vegan Protein
Whey protein is derived from milk, meaning it’s extremely difficult for the body to digest and use – especially for those who are lactose intolerant. Whey protein also tends to be highly processed, containing ingredients and additives that are not easily recognisable.
Not only is plant-based protein powder free of allergens, but it's also gluten-free and absorbed quickly by the body. It’s often derived from hemp, pea, rice, seeds, and quinoa, which are some of the main sources of protein for vegans and vegetarians.
Amino Acids and Complete Protein
There are 21 amino acids our body requires to function – these are all available in plant-based proteins. Out of the 21 amino acids, there are 9 that are classed as essential, meaning our body cannot synthesise or produce these amino acids and instead they must be obtained through food.
A complete protein is a food that contains all the recommended amino acids in the required ratio. Combining vegan sources such as legumes and grains or nuts will give you the full spectrum of amino acids – it's that simple.
Why Add Vegan Protein Powder to Your Diet?
Adding a high-quality plant-based protein powder to your diet will keep you satiated and fuller for longer. It’s a simple way to ensure you’re hitting your protein targets and macronutrients each day. If you’re not completely satisfied with your current whey-based protein powder, try making the switch to a plant-based protein and see how your body feels.
Why Does Quality Matter?
It’s worth noting that not all vegan powders on the market are the same. It’s important to educate yourself on what you’re putting into your body. Go through the ingredient list carefully and put quality first. Don't be tempted by the first triple chocolate cheesecake or birthday cake flavour that catches your eye. In the long run, choosing a high-quality protein free from synthetics and additives is the better choice.
Amazonia’s range of plant-based Raw and RawFIT Protein is certified organic, free from synthetic and artificial ingredients, and formulated for maximum absorption and digestibility. When you purchase our products, you know you’re getting nature’s best vitamins and nutrients to help you achieve your goals. Quality you can taste, feel and trust.