The protein paradigm has shifted dramatically in recent years, as more and more individuals embrace the vegan and vegetarian lifestyles or begin to move away from milk and dairy ingredients. As this market continues to expand, so do the number of new protein alternatives that are currently being offered to meet the growing needs. Today’s question addresses the topic of vegan and vegetarian protein powders:
What types of vegan protein powders do you offer?
In our ongoing efforts to better serve our customers, True Nutrition has set out to find the best vegan and vegetarian protein alternatives the market as to offer. We have addressed several of these powders individually, but here is a quick run through of the products that we currently have available online:
- Pea Protein Isolate: Pea protein is derived from yellow peas that have been processed using a cold-water filtration method to arrive at a protein powder that contains >80% protein by volume. Pea protein is highly digestible, and naturally high in the amino acids Leucine, Arginine, Glutamine. Is considered to be a complete protein, providing each of the essential amino acids. True Nutrition‘s Pea Protein Isolate is non-GMO, soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and hypoallergenic. With a natural, earthy taste, the Pea Protein Isolate non-GMO mixes best with natural Chocolate and Vanilla flavor types.
- Rice Protein Concentrate: True Nutrition‘s rice protein is derived from whole grain brown rice that has been processed using a cold-water filtration method to arrive at a protein powder that contains >80% protein by volume. Rice protein is highly digestible, and naturally high in the amino acids Glutamine, Arginine, and Arpartic Acid. It is considered to be a complete protein. True Nutrition‘s Rice Protein Concentrate is non-GMO, soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, certified organic, and hypoallergenic. This protein possesses a natural, earthy taste, which mixes best with natural Chocolate and Vanilla flavor types. Rice protein will also have a grittier mouth feel than some other forms of protein. Many will mix this material with the Pea Protein Isolate to create an even more complete amino acid profile between the two!
- Soy Protein Isolate: Soy protein is highly touted for its incredible digestibility rate in humans, and for containing one of the highest and most complete amino acid profiles out of any of the plant-based protein powders that are currently available on the market. Soy protein contains >90% protein by volume, with a perfect score on both the protein efficiency ratio (PER) and Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS). True Nutrition‘s Soy Protein Isolate is non-GMO, dairy-free, and gluten-free. It provides a mild taste which mixes easily with any flavor types. Soy protein tends to mix much thicker than other protein powders, as well, and may require additional liquid for proper blending.
- Hemp Protein: All of the same great benefits of hemp are now available in a protein powder form! Hemp protein is a powerful source of omega fatty acids and dietary fiber, in addition to its total protein content of >35% by volume. The material is often used by vegan and vegetarian customers to slow the digestion of their proteins in both meal replacement formulas, or for overnight nutrition. True Nutrition‘s Hemp Protein is non-GMO, soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, certified organic, and hypoallergenic. It will provide a strong, nutty taste, which mixes best with natural Chocolate and Vanilla flavor types. Hemp Protein is also very gritty as a result of the dietary fiber content.
With so many options to choose from, which vegan protein powder is best for me?
The most commonly purchased vegan protein powder tends to be the Pea Protein Isolate, as much for its balanced amino acid profile as for its great taste and mixability. The Pea Protein Isolate is often combined with rice and hemp protein to round out the amino acid profile even further. These three materials form the basis of True Nutrition‘s Vegan Protein Optimizer Formula, which many have added to their daily diets as an effective post-workout recovery formula.
The Pea Protein Isolate, Rice Protein, and Soy Protein powders are often combined with a fast-acting carbohydrate source using True Nutrition‘s Custom Mix Generator, as well, in order to increase the absorption rate of the materials post-workout.* Carbohydrates are commonly mixed with protein powders at a rate of 2:1, with a variety of options available online to fulfill your personal carbohydrate requirements and preferences. Many popular formulas will either use a combination of Dextrose and Maltodextrin, Waxy Maize Starch, or Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin for increased recovery speeds.
In overnight nutrition, mixes that contain high amounts of Hemp Protein will effectively slow the release of protein and nutrients to help with long-term recovery and repair.* Another alternative is to consume some other form of healthy fatty acids in the form of olive oil, coconut and palm oil, flax seed oil, or peanut butter along with one of True Nutrition‘s plant-based protein powders for a similar effect in slowing the digestion rate of those materials.*
True Nutrition also offers a variety of unique carbohydrate ingredients that compliment the vegan and vegetarian lifestyles, as well, for use in different vegan wholefoods meal replacement formulas:
No matter what your current goals may be, True Nutrition has a product that is sure to meet your personal needs in health and nutrition. Ask us how our vegan protein powders can complement your healthy lifestyle today!
*DISCLAIMER: The above description is provided for information only and does not constitute medical advice. Please consult your physician or the appropriately licensed professional before engaging in a program of exercise or nutritional supplementation. No information in this site has been reviewed by the FDA. No product is intended to treat, diagnose, or cure any disease.