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The digestibility of plant-based versus whey protein

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Digestibility is the biggest difference between plant-based and whey protein powders, specially for those with digestive issues.

From a sourcing standpoint, whey protein comes from dairy. If you have dairy allergies or follow a vegan lifestyle, whey protein isn’t the best option. Instead opt for a plant based protein like VePro. Plant based proteins can come from a variety of high-protein plants such as peas, soy, hemp, lentils, pumpkin, chickpeas, or brown rice.

Because whey protein is derived from milk, it can cause complications for people with a dairy sensitivity or intolerance. A shocking number of people are lactose-intolerant and most don’t even know it!

According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, some 30 to 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant, including up to 75 percent of African Americans and American Indians and 90 percent of Asian Americans. 

If you experience bloating, gas, or discomfort after consuming whey protein powder, lactose may be to blame.

If you’re looking for something easy to digest, plant-based protein powder may be the answer. Not only is plant-based powder free of most major allergens but it’s also gluten-free and absorbed quickly by the body. 

Most people can easily digest the ingredients found in plant-based powders including hemp, pea, rice, seeds, and quinoa. You may recognize these as some of the main sources of protein for vegans and vegetarians.

Protea Nutrition - VePRO
Protea Nutrition – VePRO

Plant based proteins are gaining popularity for many reasons.

Plant based protein powders have more than tripled over the last decade. Some of the reasons for this are:

  • Reduced Meat Consumption: More and more people are refraining from eating meat to keep in line with various health benefits including nutrition, weight control, and heart health. Studies reveal that in 2017, 39% Americans opted to change their eating habits by adding more plant-based proteins in their diet while another study shows 60% respondents scaling back their meat intake.
  • Shift to Veganism: An increasing number of people are adopting veganism, and according to research data, since 2014, veganism in the US alone has skyrocketed by 500%.
  • Rising Demand for Organic Food: Concerns about the usage of antibiotics and growth hormones in cattle, genetically modified vegetables and organisms, and the usage of toxic pesticides and herbicides in fruits are causing an increase in demand for organic, unprocessed food.

I have tried many protein powders in the past few years, and I just loved the VePRO.  The taste and quality are unique!

VePro is the ideal protein to support muscle repair too! Twenty grams of organic brown rice protein and natural pea protein supply your body with essential amino acids and non-essential amino acids that are used to support proper metabolic function and muscle recuperation.

Blog article written by Protea Nutrition athlete Patricia Streff

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