Whey vs Vegan Protein Powders – What's the deal?
They don’t just need to be used in conjunction with fitness as a post-session shake, they can be incorporated into your breakfast, as a snack (mixed with yoghurt) or even in baking (protein banana bread). Often however, many of us get confused as to which powder is right for our body and with so many options out there, how can we understand which one is best for our needs?
Let’s strip it back to basics - there are two main types of protein powders – Vegan and Whey and we’re here to give you a whirlwind tour of the differences between both and the top 5 facts on each.
VEGAN protein (also referred to as plant-based protein) is a massively growing trend in the world of protein powders. Vegan proteins are derived from plants and a few common ones include, pea, rice, hemp and sunflower.
1) Vegan protein derives from plant sources, making it a great choice for vegans and vegetarians.
2) Vegan proteins are gluten and dairy free and often better those with sensitive stomachs.
3) They are hypoallergenic, meaning it’s very unlikely your body with respond negatively to them and as such, are perfect for anyone facing digestive problems as they contain fibers and digestive enzymes which help ease digestion and absorption.
4) No vegan protein alone, contains a complete amino acid profile however many contain the 9 essential amino acids which are not formed in the body and can only be obtained through food or supplements.
5) Vegan proteins can lead to a healthy heart with research showing that one benefit of using vegan protein is its ability to lower high blood pressure.
WHEY protein is one of the two main proteins that are derived from milk (the second being casein). You know when you open your yoghurt and see liquid floating on the top? That’s Whey.
1) Whey protein is a complete protein and will give you all the amino acids that your body needs contain a complete amino acid profile.
2) Whey protein promotes muscle growth. Consuming high protein foods leads to the recovery and replenishment of muscles. Whey protein when coupled with an active lifestyle is an effective and excellent way to look after your muscles.
3) There are different types of whey proteins – whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate and hydrolysed whey protein. When looking for a whey protein, whilst it may be more expensive, try look for a whey isolate.
4) Whey Isolate has a higher protein content and is lower in lactose, carbohydrates and fat so is easier to digest to concentrate. Whey protein concentrate has a protein content of around 80% and the protein content of whey protein isolate is around 90%. This is because whey protein isolate undergoes a process called Cross-Flow Micro-filtration. This separates the protein from fat, cholesterol and lactose meaning a purer protein as the end product.
5) It supports detoxification and can boost your immune system. Whey is higher in the amino acid cysteine which is the key precursor to glutathione, a powerful detoxifier and antioxidant. Ultimately, your ideal protein source depends upon your own personal goals and how your body functions best. As MISSFITS we help you pick the right protein based upon your goals, macro-nutrient needs, and lifestyle. Whether it’s our Vegan or Whey Multitasker blends or even protein Wonderballs, our great tasting and all-natural products are designed to help you Fuel your best every day.
About the writers:
At MISSFITS we aren’t your typical protein company. We aren’t all body builders or gym junkies, but we still understand the power of protein to help keep your body strong and your mind sharp. That’s why we make great tasting, everyday protein products for women, to help you stay on top of your game, whether you’re working out or just working late. With all natural ingredients, no added sugar and just the right amount of high quality protein, MISSFITS helps you #FuelYourBest day in and day out.