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The game has changed when comparing animal protein (whey) to plant protein (soy, hemp pea or brown rice) with recent studies shining a new light on how we look at plant based products.
Vegan protein powders pack a nutritional punch which enhance your fitness, help you recover faster and meet your goals, no matter if it’s gaining muscle, losing weight or both.
How much protein do you need?
Everyone could benefit from adding more whole, unprocessed fruits and vegetables to their diet and ensuring their meals are well balanced. Sources of plant-based proteins, like legumes or soy, are great for hitting your daily protein intake plus including whole grains with every meal, and choosing higher-protein snacks like nuts, and, of course, vegan protein powder.
You need between 0.9 - 1.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight depending on your lifestyle and how active you are.
Remember your daily calories do count. If your intake is too low, you’ll be burning protein for energy, rather than making other proteins in your body. If you’re trying to lose weight, or struggling to consume enough calories, focus on adding protein-rich foods or simply add a scoop of vegan protein powder to a smoothie.
Do vegans need protein powder?
Vegans can get all of their protein needs from a plant-based diet, the RDI of protein for inactive persons aged between 19-70 is 0.84 grams per KG (0.38g/lb) of body mass for men and 0.75 grams per KG (0.34g/lb) of body mass for women. As we get older than 70 years of age, our protein requirement does go up.
In short, pretty much every single whole plant food contains protein but here is a list of some of the major ones!
- Legumes (beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas) including Tofu and Tempeh.
- Chia Seeds
- Hemp Seeds
- Brown Rice
- Nutritional Yeast
- Oats & Amaranth
How does vegan protein powder compare to animal protein?
Apart from being a source of protein, whey powder lacks any other nutrients. Vegan protein delivers all your protein needs while packing further nutritional goodness.
Plant sources contain fibre and enzymes which actively aid digestion whereas whey can cause lactose intolerance problems such as bloating, flatulence, nausea and cramping.
Plant protein sources build muscle and aid recovery as well or better than whey, but they can also improve our health, are high in nutrients and are much better for the environment, so you can feel better about your environmental footprint when making the switch to plant protein.
Interested in trying a vegan protein for yourself?
Try our LEAN UP ALL IN ONE PROTEIN a lovechild of a delicious dessert and plant protein and it took us 19284093 tries to get the flavour just right (ok not really, but it did take us a ridiculously long time).
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LEAN UP contains no nasties whatsoever. You won’t find any chemical sweeteners like sucralose or any artificial flavours or colours and it won’t cause you bloating or nausea afterwards.
LEAN UP is versatile. Enjoy on its own with your favourite milk, mix it into smoothies or add to your favourite recipes! Check out our HEALTH ZONE for recipe ideas.
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