Move over whey protein powder – it’s time to relinquish the top spot. More and more of you are looking for a plant protein powder vegan or not! But it has to be quality! Here’s how to find a plant-based replacement for whey protein that is high-quality and delivers all the nutrition you need. No dairy required!
Why Is Whey So Popular?
Whey protein powder has traditionally been the most popular protein powder, particularly for bodybuilders and sportspeople. It is very high in protein and all the key amino acids (including BCAAs), and can be almost zero-fat and zero-carb. But even the best quality whey protein powder has one major downside for plant-based eaters and vegans, it is a by-product of dairy. A big no-no if you do not eat any animal products, and one to avoid if you are trying to introduce more plant-based foods into your diet.
Can Plant Protein Really Replace Whey Protein?
Plant-protein powders have come a long way in the past few years. It used to be difficult to find a vegan protein powder that tasted good and mixed well however, today it’s a totally different story. Plant-protein powders come from a range of sources, including brown rice protein, pea protein (which is from yellow peas, not green garden peas), hemp, sunflower, and potato protein.
All plant proteins have different amounts of amino acids and total protein counts, which is why we believe the best choice of plant-based protein powder is a blend. That way, you get the individual benefits of the various plant proteins, all combined to give you a better overall spectrum of aminos.
How to Choose the Best Plant Protein Powder
- Look for a blend of plant proteins (for a more complete amino profile).
- Choose quality. Our plant proteins are filtered and micronized for better absorption.
- Don’t compromise on taste! Good quality plant protein powders taste smooth and creamy, not gritty.
- Check the macros. Plant protein powder can be a little higher in carbs than whey powder, but should still be reasonable.
- No nasties. Don’t accept plant protein powder that has artificial thickeners, weird ingredients, or added sugars
So, What is the Best Plant-Based Protein Powder?
Look for a plant protein powder which is a blend of the best individual plant-based proteins. Look at the amino acids that each protein source gives you, and check that the total protein amount per serving (or per 100g) is sufficient for your needs. Most people need at least 20g protein per intake.
CNP Plant Protein is a careful blend of specific protein sources, chosen for their ability to work together to give you all the protein and amino acids you need in one serving (21.1g protein and 121kcals). Plus, it tastes amazing: thick, creamy, smooth, with a great flavour.
The Plant Proteins we chose for CNP Plant Protein are:
Pea protein is one of the most easily-absorbed plant protein powders, and contains all nine essential amino acids (EAAs) and the BCAAs, especially arginine. Pea protein is also a good source of iron.
Sunflower protein also contains all of the essential amino acids, and is nearly 20% branch chain amino acids.
Potato protein has an extensive EAA profile and a particularly high biological value (higher than any other vegetable protein). It is around 80% protein (similar to whey).
Brown rice protein is around 79% protein, and it does contain all of the essential amino acids, but is too low in lysine to be a complete protein. That’s why it’s a great choice for CNP Plant quality plant-based protein blend.
3 Reasons to Use Plant Protein
Plant based protein powders won’t upset your gut like whey protein can, because you are avoiding lactose. Even if you don’t have an intolerance to milk, whey protein shakes can still leave you feeling bloated. No such problems with plant protein, which tends to be soothing and easy to digest.
Combining plant proteins gives you a wide spectrum of amino acids (the basis of protein), and means you are more likely to absorb more of the nutrients in the protein powder.
We can’t ignore environmental factors in our food choices, and this extends to protein powders. Plant proteins reduce consumption of animal products, directly decreasing the demand on practices such as dairy farming and representing a kinder, more sustainable approach to getting your protein.