There are so many different types of protein on the market that it can be overwhelming at times to find the right one for you. The two most popular being Vegan and Whey.
This is not really a case of better vs worse but it is 100% about lifestyle and preference. They both have their benefits and it is about finding the protein powder that suits your activity and will be the most beneficial for your body.
Personally, vegan protein is always my go to protein powder. This is not because I am vegan but because I have found through trial and error that my body finds it easier to digest than whey.
Usually when I have whey protein, I will have bad side effects such as breakouts and sometimes cramping. However, the only whey protein that didn’t give me a reaction was the whey isolate refuelling drink by CocoPro. The CocoPro products were very easy on my stomach and I love to use them-especially after an intense day of fitness.
Here are some of the benefits of Vegan and Whey protein:
- Hypoallergenic: ideal for people that suffer from allergies or who are lactose intolerant
- Since it is a plant based protein it can be easier to digest
- Higher in all the essential amino acids- the amino acids that your body does not produce itself and therefore needs to be obtained from your diet
- Higher in BCAAS (Branched chain amino acids)- Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine
To make things a bit easier for my readers I decided to breakdown the different types of protein available on the market and some of their benefits:
Whey: Dairy based protein that is fast acting and easily absorbed. This type of protein has a full amino acid profile.
Casein: Made from curds in milk. It is a slow release protein that will gradually fuel your muscles over time. Majority of people tend to take casein before bed.
Egg: It is said that egg has the highest biological value of any protein. This is because your body can adsorb and use this kind of protein more efficiently.
Hemp: This is my favourite kind of protein that I use daily. It contains 20 amino acids (including the 9 essential amino acids that your body needs daily). It also contains essential fatty acids. I purchase my Hemp Protein here.
Pea: This is great for people that have allergies because it is hypoallergenic. It contains the essential amino acids and is very high in BCAAs.
Soy: Generally free of lactose, cholesterol and fat.
Rice: Can take longer to digest than other types of protein. It is low in calories and fat. Allergen friendly.
Love Mel x
*Photos used in this post were taken by S. RLewis Photogtaphy