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Today we’re going to be exploring vegan protein powder and we’ll send you off with a list of our top plant based protein favourites for you to go out and try.
It can be super difficult to find vegan products sometimes, right? Sure, the amount of vegan-friendly products have certainly increased on supermarket shelves in the last decade, but what about fitness-related products? To all the vegans out there who want to get fit and strong: we’ve got you!
Vegan protein powder is used in much the same way as traditional protein powders, however, it substitutes a major ingredient in traditional powders, whey, with plant-based alternatives including seeds, grains and legumes. This is because whey is a dairy byproduct and vegans choose to remove all animal-based products from their lives for a variety of different reasons, usually to take a stand against animal cruelty or for health-related reasons.
Vegan protein powder is available in a myriad of different forms. Pea protein, hemp protein, brown rice protein, soy protein – the list goes on. All of these can be purchased in their protein powder form and added to water, almond milk, soy milk, oats or other foods for an extra protein boost.
The vegan protein powder you choose to ingest will likely take on the flavour of the plant it draws its protein from unless it is flavoured by another source, whether that be natural or artificial.
Depending on the type of vegan protein powder you’re looking for, you may find that some are more expensive than others. For example, brown rice protein powders are generally a slightly cheaper option than other vegan protein powders.
People choose to use vegan protein powder rather than whey protein or other animal-based protein sources for many reasons including:
Of course you can! We wouldn’t be selling it if you couldn’t. The protein in plants works in much the same way as the protein that comes from animal-based sources like meat and dairy.
The main difference is, you need a lot more plant-based materials to achieve the same amount of protein powder that animal-based products produce. This is because there is more protein in animal-based products than in their plant-based counterparts.
When you’re choosing a vegan protein powder your best bet is going to be choosing one that mixes protein from a range of different sources. This will help ensure you’re taking in all the essential amino acids (essential to building muscle mass) and benefiting from a wider scope of nutrients to help in recovery.