Protein Powders: Whey, Soy and Plant…oh my!
We all have our go-to protein shake, and although it may be super tasty, it may not be benefiting you as much as you would like. Often times protein powders contain more than you bargained for; like contaminants or other harmful ingredients. Just like vitamins and supplements, these are not regulated. Some tested proteins have been found to contain low to moderate levels of lead, calcium, mercury and arsenic (not to mention the highly-processed sugars and carbohydrates.)
The solution to this is easy but takes a bit of work on your part. Know where your protein comes from and ensure that it is contains high-quality vitamins, minerals and proteins that you can trust. Read more about evaluating quality supplements in the blog “Vitamins: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.”
In addition to knowing which manufacturer to trust your health and wellness with, which protein do you choose? Below is outlined the three major protein types (whey, soy and plant) and their pros and cons:
Often containing an array of vitamins and minerals, help repair muscles post-strength session, and increase muscle strength and size when consumed within two hours of your workout.
This protein is also considered a plant protein, but due to its popularity it tends to fall into a category of its own. Contains all of your essential amino acids and performs comparably to whey protein in terms of stimulating muscle growth after a tough strength training session.
Usually Pea, Rice or Potato-based products
A great gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free supplement and still provides all of your essential amino acids. These protein powders can be a bit more expensive; however they can be a great choice for vegetarians, vegans or anyone wanting z break from animal-based products and still get enough protein in their diet.