Getting the right amount of daily protein in the right form is a big concern for anyone who practices mindful eating and wants a balanced diet for their overall health. Protein is so essential to wellbeing in a multitude of ways, from keeping brain function at its peak to aiding in weight loss efforts.
But with so many forms of protein out there, it can be hard to figure out which type is right for you. It may go without saying, but most of your protein should come from whole foods like nuts, fish, dairy, meat, and other clean eating mainstays. Once you’re ready to add additional protein in the form of a supplement (with the go-ahead from your doctor, of course), you’ll find there are tons of options. Some of the main types are soy, whey, brown rice, and pea protein.
Instead of spending hours online trying to weigh the benefits of each different protein type, why not look instead at the differences and similarities in two of the major protein sources you’re likely to come across in your nutritional options? While plant protein and whey protein may sound about the same, they aren’t in fact made equal. Let’s take a look at the differences.
Whey is one of the most common types of protein sources found in the supplements, shakes, and powders that active, health-conscious people seek for an extra boost. Whey protein is made as a byproduct of cheese production. That’s one of the main differences as opposed to plant protein: It’s derived from dairy. This can be an issue for anyone who’s vegan or lactose intolerant, or those who simply want to cut dairy out of the equation.
Whey protein can be found in a few forms, such as isolates, hydro-isolates, and concentrates. Whey is very beneficial to muscle building and repair, making it a go-to choice for many who practice intense body-building or other high-impact muscular workouts. Its amino acids are absorbed and digested quickly, which is great for sending signals to the body to create new muscle tissue.
Like whey protein, plant protein helps build and repair muscle for after you pump some iron. But there are a few key differences between protein from plants versus whey. Let’s look at soy protein specifically, the type we use in Svelte plant-based protein shakes. Soy contains all nine essential amino acids, as well as phytosterols, lecithin, fiber, isoflavones, and protease inhibitors. That means soy protein packs a pretty mighty punch when it comes to muscle growth and repair. Plus, it’s totally vegan (as are all of Svelte’s ingredients). Soy protein is low in fat, and contains phytochemicals that can help reduce the risk of heart disease and other illnesses such as cancer.
In addition to heart-healthy soy protein, every bottle of Svelte contains only six grams of sugar and 20 percent of your daily fiber intake. In a range of yummy flavors like Svelte Spiced Chai and Svelte Cappuccino, there’s always one to fit the mood and boost your clean seasonal diet.
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