Whey vs. Plant Based Protein

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differences between whey and plant based protein, benefits of both and my favourite choices from Genuine Health!

Protein powder is a very popular fitness supplement! Protein supplements are fantastic for people who may not be reaching adequate protein needs through their diet, gym junkies and casual athletes.

There are thousands of different brands and different choices of protein on the market, but when it comes down to it there are two different types of protein powders you can take.. animal based or plant based. I work in a fitness/health food & supplement store as a product specialist and "whats the real difference between plant based and whey?" is a common question I get asked.

Let's start off with a quick breakdown!

- Animal based protein usually comes from whey or casein and sometimes you can even find it sourced from eggs or beef (preferably not my choice of protein). Usually more protein per scoop then plant based.

Contains all essential amino acids making it a complete source of protein, just like eating a piece of meat.

- Plant based protein can be sourced from many different plants like soy, quinoa, hemp, pumpkin seeds, brown rice, coconut etc. YAS, plants actually have protein!

Usually less protein per scoop then whey.

Plants do NOT contains all essential amino acids, therefore it is necessary to combine your plant based foods in order to get a complete source of protein.

EX. brown rice + peas combined contain all essential amino acids

How do you know what is the better choice for you and your goals?

Animal based protein (like whey) is used by TONS of fitness/gym junkies, body builders and meat heads! Also available in "isolate" form which is for fast replenishing access into the muscle. It's a much cheaper form of protein powder and is usually sweetened with crazy flavours like peanut butter, double chocolate fudge and strawberry milkshake.. these flavours are not made naturally!!

Plant based protein (from veg) is used by vegans, vegetarians and people who are wanting to add more whole and WHOLE foods to their diet. It's a great and quick source of protein for vegans and vegetarians who have a slightly limited protein intake then others.

You know how food has energy to it?

Animal products (animals) have a dense, strong energy.

Plant based products (plants) have a much more clean and light energy.

I believe that the energy you eat will have an outcome on your body composition and health! I believe animal products will help increase the development of higher volume muscle mass, while plant products will help increase the development of leaner muscle mass. This is just personally by belief, since I have tried whey and plant based myself for a period of time.

Here is a point breakdown of the benefits and differences of both sources of protein.

WHEY

  • sourced from animals

  • higher risk of antibiotic, hormone and heavy metal contamination

  • contains all amino acids making it a complete source of protein

  • cheaper source of protein

  • can be difficult to digest since some people are lacking the digestive enzymes to breakdown the protein

  • not a great source of whole foods or a meal replacement since the main ingredient is whey and milk

  • heavily processed and mass marketed

  • usually flavoured with artificial sweeteners and dyes

  • tastes smoother than plant based protein

  • builds muscle and burns fat, improves strength gains, aids in exercise recovery

PLANT BASED

  • sourced from plants

  • little to no risk of antibiotic and hormone contamination

  • look for a plant based protein powder that is made from several different plants

  • (brown rice, peas, hemp, quinoa etc.) to ensure you are getting a complete source of protein (Genuine Health fermented vegan proteins+ contains all essential amino acids)

  • more expensive source of protein but still affordable

  • easier to digest, since its more of a whole food product

  • excellent source of whole foods or a meal replacement since there can be a wide range of ingredients (blending plant based protein powder with almond milk and a banana is what I use as a meal replacement if I have a busy day)

  • usually sweetened with stevia and is never coloured or flavoured with anything artificial

  • tastes less smooth than whey, has a slight grainy texture BUT if you let it sit in water or almond milk for 10-15 minutes to dissolve, the graininess goes away!

  • builds muscle and burns fat, improves strength gains, aids in exercise recovery just like whey

My Favourite Protein Powders

Genuine Health

Out of all the protein powders I have tried Genuine Health fermented vegan proteins+ powder is my all time favourite for an everyday protein powder! (pictured on the left)

They also have a fermented greek yogurt proteins+ powder (pictured on the right) which is excellent for people who like the taste of whey but have problems digesting it.

The fermentation process helps with the digestion of the protein, so you don't feel bloated afterwards!

I have a review of both protein powders linked to RELATED POSTS.

There are quite a few differences between whey and plant based but both will help build muscle, improve strength gains, aid in recovery after exercise and improve hormonal & brain function!

Protein is 100% necessary for our overall health (metabolism, hormonal function, building muscle etc.) but the truth is, you DO NOT need to be taking protein powder to reach your fitness and/or health goals if your diet is in shape!

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