Why Choose Plant-Based Protein Over Dairy?
The mere mention of fitness gets the conversation turning towards protein. It seems like nearly everyone’s house nowadays is jam-packed with tubs upon tubs of powders, all stacked and ready to be mixed into a shake.
Yet, the powders are always whey or casein. Unless you’re vegan, whey is often people’s first point of call for quick and easy protein.
But what if there was a better alternative?
First off, let’s delve into exactly what whey and casein are. Before it was put into supplemental powder form, whey was simply a waste by-product when making cheese. Remember the nursey rhyme about Little Miss Muffet eating her curds and whey? Well, the curds are actually casein. Whey is absorbed extremely fast (8-10 grams per hour). As it can kick-start the recovery process much quicker, it’s often the first point of call for post-workout protein.
Dairy-free alternatives seem to be few and far between. The most common and well-known is soy as the amino acid profile is the most similar to that of dairy. Amino acids are what protein is made of, and each one has a different effect. Leucine is the most important for muscle building and fat loss as it helps promote MPS (muscle protein synthesis) i.e. the process of repairing and building muscle tissue. Though plants tend to be comparatively low in leucine, soy contains it in abundance. As well as this, plant-protein manufactures always ensure there’s a high level of leucine in their powders to compete with whey’s amino acid profile whilst providing the additional benefits of their nutrient-rich ingredients.
Plants are filled with antioxidants and other vitamins
The world of plant-based protein is ever expanding with new and exciting options being added all the time. Now, you can choose from dairy alternatives such as hemp, pea, and brown rice – all of which come with their own plethora of benefits. Not to mention, most plant-based protein powders are composed of a blend. This means you’re getting an extensive list of vitamins and minerals alongside a large helping of fiber and, of course, protein.
The main benefit to plant-based powders is that they’re easier for the stomach to handle. Currently, many people are realizing that if they don’t have a full-blown allergy or intolerance, they find some form of discomfort from dairy. This is most commonly from the sugar, lactose (hence lactose intolerance), yet it can also be because of the protein. Therefore, even lactose-free powders will still cause discomfort and high doses of dairy-based protein can be extremely damaging to the digestive processes.
With plant-based protein powder, you won’t have to worry about any of those hormones or antibiotics
Intolerances can show themselves in many different ways. You have the obvious symptoms of gas, bloating, and toilet troubles, but there’s also spots, mental fog, and general irritability. There’s no one clear sign of an intolerance, but removing dairy from your diet or at least or reducing the amount you eat can often have a significant effect on your overall health and quality of life.
We should also mention that whey protein is highly acidic due to its abundance of sulfur-based aminos. A diet rich in compounds which create an acidic environment within the body can create calcium loss leading to osteoporosis and weak bones as well as putting you at risk of various kidney disorders.
Plant-Based Protein is Considered Healthy Protein
On the other hand, plant-based proteins create an alkaline effect in the body whilst providing a wide host of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to support healthy bodily functions. Good plant-based powders are the equivalent of taking a high-quality multivitamin and protein shake all in one convenient drink.
You may not realize how much dairy you eat, but it all adds up. Butter on your toast, milk with your cereal or coffee, cheese in your sandwich, etc. Making one simple switch to plant-based powders will not only increase the amount of micronutrients you get in but also increase your fiber intake whilst providing that strong dose of protein to help you with your fitness goals.
Why choose plant-based protein?
- Higher levels of vitamins and minerals
- Less likely to cause stomach upset
- Reduced environmental impact
- Strong fiber content