Whey Protein Vs Plant-Based Protein: Is Vegan Protein Better Than Animal?
Protein is essential for the human body, it's a vital element in building and repairing tissues. It can aid in the recovery of any injury you may have. Protein is also used by people who exercise a lot as it can boost your metabolism, increase muscle mass and improve strength. Protein is considered a building block for muscles when ingested in adequate amounts, as it aids muscle growth.
So, the next question is, what protein is best for me?
In this blog post, we will be covering topics such as:
- What is whey protein?
- What is plant protein?
- Which one is better for you?
What is Whey Protein?
Whey protein is a collection of proteins, which are found in whey. They are the byproduct of the cheesemaking process. Milk consists of two types of protein, casein and whey. Pure whey protein is the leftovers found in the watery portion of milk when the casein has been separated out.
Whey protein can be found in cow’s milk, cheese and some yoghurts. It also comes in four types: concentrate, isolate, hydrolysate and native. The concentrate form of whey is usually lower in fat and will have a higher level of carbohydrates. Isolate whey protein is more processed than the concentrated form. It is refined to remove fat and lactose, making it lower in health-boosting properties.
Hydrolysate whey protein is when water is added during it being processed. This makes it easier to digest. Whereas native whey is the purest form of protein. It is extracted directly from skimmed milk, it's low in fat and lactose.
When people take whey protein as a supplement to bulk up or aid them in building muscle mass, they will use it in a dry powder form, usually in a protein shake.
Whey protein provides the nine complete amino acids which aid in repair, boost athletic performance or improves your overall mood.
What is Plant-Protein?
Plant-based protein is a non-animal form of protein derived from natural sources. A lot of vegetarians and vegans choose to use plant-based protein because it can be found in natural sources such as tofu, soya, nuts, seed, chickpeas, lentils, beans and many others.
You can also get plant-based protein powder in a dry form, which you can mix with plant-based milk and water to make a protein shake. Vitally Vegan protein powder is proudly dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, GMO-free, hormone-free and uses no artificial sweeteners.
Much like whey protein, our powder provides all the nine essential amino acids: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.
We also add superfoods such as flaxseed, maca, acai, matcha green tea, sea greens and then further enrich our product with vitamin B12. Superfoods are full of antioxidants and nutrients, which can help support you even further. Additionally, B12 helps keep your blood cells and the body’s nerves healthy.
Which one is better for you?
One of the most important factors when it comes to comparing protein powders is the body's ability to digest it. As whey protein is derived from milk, it can upset the stomach of people who are lactose intolerant or for people who are trying to avoid dairy in general.
Plant-based protein powder is usually gluten-free and does not include any dairy products, meaning that it will be more digestible for people who may feel bloated or ill after drinking too much whey protein powder.
As protein powder is the building block for muscles, another factor to weigh up between whey and plant-based protein powder is how it aids in recovery and building muscles.
Most people take protein powder to help them build muscle mass during exercise. The main difference between whey protein powder and plant-based protein is amino acids. Whey protein powder is commonly used because it contains nine whole amino acids which can directly aid in weight loss and gain.
There used to be an argument that plant-based protein didn’t have enough amino acids in, which is why whey protein is better for you.
That was until now.
Vitally Vegan protein powder contains all 9 complete amino acids, We add white hemp, which is classed as a complete protein as well as being blended with pea, which is known for increasing muscle thickness.
Another factor is the environment. Whether or not you have chosen the vegan lifestyle, it should always be important to consider the environment when it comes to making decisions about what you buy.
It takes a lot of milk to produce whey protein powder which adds to the demand in the dairy industry. This can further promote unhealthy and inhumane living conditions for animals. Whereas plant-based protein is easier to get hold of it and puts a lot less strain on the environment.
Additionally, a lot of milk is tainted with chemicals and hormones as they come from animals. As plant-based protein is completely natural, you don’t have to worry about ingesting unknown substances that might not be present on the label.
Not only does Vitally Vegan guarantee a hormone-free product but also, every time you purchase a product from Vitally Vegan, 10% of the profits will go to support animal charities. We also aim to make everything as environmentally friendly as possible, right down to the stickers on our bags, which are completely compostable.
Finally, whey powder usually doesn’t taste that good! Companies tend to add unknown flavours and chemicals to it to make it taste more appealing.
Whereas with plant-based protein there is usually no artificial sweeteners or flavours present. As mentioned earlier, our protein contains no artificial sweeteners at all. We rely on the great taste of our fruity flavours and the smooth texture of our product.
At Vitally Vegan, we carry six delicious flavours. Including Blueberry, Salted Caramel, Chocolate Orange, Coconut, Forest Fruits and Chocolate mixed with Coconut. A flavour that will suit everyone's taste.