Tolerance and Allergies
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, approximately 65% of the human population has a reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy.
A byproduct of the cheese making process, whey protein is considered a complete protein in that it usually contains the 9 essential aminos that our bodies cannot produce.
Although whey protein isolate can contain less than 1% of lactose, there are other reasons whey whey protein may not be the best way for you to supplement.
Of course there is also taste and palatability. This is subjective in nature but some people do not enjoy the taste of whey protein.
Plant-based protein is generally sourced from peas, hemp, brown rice or soy beans. Of these, pea protein is considered to be the most complete protein as it is high in essential amino acids but low in methionine. As with whey protein, some people like the taste or peas and soy and some do not.
What To Look For In A Protein Supplement
Look for a supplement that meets your specific needs. How much protein do you need in your diet on a daily basis? How hard and how long do you work out?
There are different types of protein powders and different serving sizes.
So take a look at your needs and decide what type of protein is right for you, how much protein you need in every serving and flavor.
Quality is also a huge factor. Organic options, Non-GMO, gluten-free and dairy-free options are available to you. It’s just a matter of what suits your needs.
We recommend finding a protein supplement that is Non-GMO, tastes great and is packed with at least 20 grams of protein per serving.
Whey Protein or Plant-Based Protein
Choosing between whey protein and a plant-based protein can be a fairly easy decision to make.
Whey protein that meets your needs and tastes great can work for you. And plant-based or even vegan protein that tastes great and meets your needs can work out as well.
Alternative Sources Of Protein
The most common “alternative” source of protein is of course hemp. For obvious reasons, some people can be opposed to hemp although it is a relevant and effective source of protein. Hemp protein contains all 9 essential amino acids but is lower in protein than soy or pea protein. It is high in fiber and generally less refined than soy or pea protein.
Hemp is also high in anti-oxidants and unsaturated fats, phosphorus, magnesium and other minerals. According to an article by Healthline, up to 98% of hemp is digestible.
Your Specific Protein Needs
Ultimately your choice of proteins should be made based on your specific needs. Depending on your lifestyle, your protein supplement should be chosen based on which protein will help you reach your goals.
Regardless of which type of protein you choose, give other types of protein a chance. With so many different proteins on the market, it’s highly possible that there one type of protein may not be the only solution.