Which Protein is Best for You: Plant or Whey?

Which Protein is Best for You: Plant or Whey?

It is a common known fact that protein is essential in your diet, especially to promote muscle growth. With all the choices out there, however, it can be challenging to determine which one is the right fit for you and your needs. The first thing to know, when choosing your protein is that there are two types to choose from plant-based and whey. Both of these are derived from different sources and come with their pros and cons.

Plant Protein

As the name suggests this type of protein is derived from plants, most commonly:

  • Peas
  • Rice
  • Hemp
  • Sunflower

The protein from each of these plants works together to give you all the different nutrients that are required by your body.

Whey protein

A combination of two proteins (whey and casein) that are found in milk form whey protein. They are collected and put through various processes that then create the whey protein we buy in the shops.

Which Protein is Easier to Digest and Absorb?

Each type of protein will suit different people when it comes to digestion. Most plant-based proteins like the Pea and Rice protein blend by Maximum + are great for people who face digestive problems due to the fiber and digestive enzymes present in the protein, which aid absorption. Whey proteins, on the other hand, contain lactose which needs to be broken down by an enzyme in the body known as lactase. Some people who are lactose intolerant, or just generally as we grow older, do not produce lactase making whey protein more challenging than plant-based protein to digest.

Which Protein provides the most Protein amount?

For you to gain maximum results from your protein, it is essential that they contain nine essential amino acids. Currently, some plant-based proteins that are available on the market do not include these, because they do not have a blend of vegetables within them. A blend of various vegetables is essential for providing all the nine amino acids. Whey protein, on the other hand, is an animal-derived protein, and all animal proteins are proteins that contain all the nine amino acids from just one source. Therefore a protein like 100% WPI- Lean protein by Maximum + will provide you with all the protein you need to rebuild and repair your muscles.

Additional Benefits of Plant-Based Proteins

Apart from just supplying our body with more protein, plant-based protein comes with many added benefits.

They help your body with the following:

  • Smaller likelihood of having high blood pressure.
  • Healthy heart
  • Stronger immune system
  • More youthful skin

These benefits are due to different nutrients that are present in the vegetables used to make the whey protein. Not only this but this type of protein also helps the environment. To produce plant-based protein, It takes 1/10th of the carbon emissions that it takes to produce whey protein.

Additional Benefits of Whey Protein:

One of the main things that prevent us from achieving our body goals is hunger. Every time we give in to a hunger pang or a craving we take a step further away from our goal, this is where whey protein comes in. Our body produces a hormone called ghrelin, which signals to the brain that we are hungry. Recent studies have shown that the more whey protein we drink, the less of this hormone we produce. So the maths is simple more whey protein, less ghrelin, less unnecessary eating.

It is imperative that you keep in mind that both proteins have their individual features that make them well suited for certain people. It is essential that you choose one that is best suited to your needs.

Published by