Which plant-based protein source is best?
Plant-based proteins still provide you with the same protein you need to increase lean muscle mass and achieve your fitness goals, so let’s look at why they are a great option as a protein source. IdealLean Vegan protein has 3 plant-based sources: Hemp, Pea and Brown-Rice.
Hemp protein is considered to be a ‘complete’ source of protein. It combines two proteins known as albumin and edestin, which include a number of amino acids, all needed to support the human body. Although hemp does, in fact, come from marijuana plants, the speculation that the benefits of it have anything to do this is far from the truth. Hemp protein is taken from an extremely refined version of hemp seeds, such that all oil is extracted from the seeds, leaving you with solely protein. Although the oil is extracted from the hemp seeds, you are still left with heart-healthy fats too for added nutrients in hemp protein.
Pea protein is made purely from, you guessed it, peas! and it is one of the favourites on the health scene when it comes to plant-based proteins. Pea Protein is made by drying and grounding peas into flour, mixing it with water, removing the starch and fiber, resulting in a protein containing important vitamins and minerals. Pea protein is often high in BCAAs (Branch Chain Amino Acids) and low in carbohydrates and fat, which is often top of the priority list when it comes to getting extra protein in your diet.
Brown Rice Protein
Brown rice protein is packed with antioxidants and is good for stabilising blood sugar levels. A study from the University of Tampa found that brown rice protein performed just as well as whey protein over the course of 8 weeks. In addition, the healthy fats found in the grain can help to normalise cholesterol levels.
However, brown rice protein doesn’t contain all of the essential amino acids that many other plant-based proteins can offer, which is why it is sometimes combined with other protein sources, such as pea and hemp. The combination of all 3 proteins: pea, hemp and brown rice, provide a complete plant-based protein with essential amino acids, healthy fats and BCAAs and IdealLean Vegan Protein offers all of this.
So what have we learned?
Plant-based proteins all have a high of digestibility, which is one of the reasons that vegan proteins are sometimes favoured. The more effectively protein is digested, the more effective the body is at using it.
However, if you’ve still not jumped on the vegan bandwagon, there are a number of whey protein sources out there and our IdealLean range is one of the best there is! With only 103 calories per serving and being almost lactose-free (so easier to digest and unlike many whey proteins on the market), our protein will help you smash those fitness goals.