September 27, 2021
From Vegan Food And Living

What different types of plant-based protein powders are available?

Soy protein

Soy is the one that most people know about as it’s been knocking around in the market the longest. Made from defatted soy flour, soy can boast up to 90% protein.

Interestingly, soy has been found to strengthen the bones, assist with weight loss, improve skin health, regulate blood sugar.

Incredibly, soy has also been found to destroy harmful cells in the body.

Pea protein

Pea protein is the new kid on the block and has been used in a lot of recent launches as it is allergen-free, so it’s a good choice for those who have a soy allergy.

The field peas used in the production of pea protein powder can boast up to 80% protein content. It’s also a complete protein containing all nine of those essential amino acids.

It’s by no means a subordinate option either.

A study undertaken in 2019 found that pea protein was just as effective as whey protein. It had little or no differences in body composition, strength, performance, or muscle gain.

Hemp protein

Hemp protein has been around for a while, but it does have a distinctively earthy taste to it so bear that in mind with how you are planning to use it.

Moreover, hemp has been linked to positive effects on heart health and the immune system. Check out this VF&L article that covers all the amazing health benefits of hemp.

Brown rice protein

Brown rice protein is another good option for vegan protein powder.

It’s not a complete protein, which is why you often see it added in other protein powders to deliver all the amino acids, but it is rich in BCAAs (Brand chain amino acids).

A study in 2020 found that it’s just as good as whey protein powder for supporting muscle growth when taken post-exercise.

Quinoa protein

Quinoa is another one that tends to be mixed with other protein powders, but you can also get it on its own too.

Furthermore, quinoa is high in iron so that adds another functional benefit to this option and it’s a complete protein too.

With most, if not all these options, they are available in natural flavours which are great for adding to smoothies and baking when you don’t want a flavour to dominate.

They are also available in a variety of other flavours like vanilla, banana and chocolate. These tend to work well for those people that just want an uncomplicated post-workout protein shake with a delicious flavour kick.