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Whey-ing the benefits of Plant Protein.
One whey or another, we all know that our bodies need protein for survival. The building blocks of protein - amino acids, are necessary for everything from metabolism, immunity and weight management to muscle repair, growth and performance. NBD.
So no matter what you call it, getting buff, getting swole, bulking up- you’re going to need some kind of protein to gain healthy muscle mass. Not only does protein help you with your gains, but helps you stay alert and agile and is an essential part of a diet for weight loss.
The typical types of protein powders fall into two categories:
- Animal-based protein (whey and casein).
- Plant protein.
Whey protein is a by-product of the cheese manufacturing process and is the liquid that is left behind after the milk is curdled and strained. Since whey protein is derived from milk, lactose intolerance is one of the most common side effects from consumption. This makes whey a common allergen and can affect the immune system of individuals who may be allergic to it. Side effects also include bloating, abdominal pain, gas, and diarrhoea, which are caused due to the body’s inability to digest it.
Plant-based protein, on the other hand, is much easier to digest without the side effects associated with whey protein. Benefits include an abundance of phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fibre. These are all important components for optimal health and disease prevention. Being an all-natural source, plant-based protein is free from antibiotics, growth hormones and steroids.
The plant-based alternatives (pea protein, hemp protein, spirulina and so on) offer as much, if not more protein than whey, in addition to many other benefits. Containing high levels of omegas 3 and 6, unprocessed and suitable for vegetarians and vegans alike definitely makes plant protein a clear winner.