Nutrition

The Benefits Of Plant Based Proteins

The Benefits Of Plant Based Proteins

Plant-based proteins aren’t just for vegans and vegetarians. We’ve gotten so good at extracting protein and other nutrients from foods, that these non-dairy, non-meat options, have protein contents to rival whey, animal and egg varieties. They’re also packed with other vitamins and minerals, and if you’re making fruit smoothies and shakes, plant-based proteins are actually preferable in a lot of cases.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular plant-based proteins, and what they have to offer.

Spirulina

Gram-for-gram, spirulina is higher in protein than milk, eggs, chicken or beef. It’s a blue-green algae that grows on rocks and looking at it, you’d have no idea that this seaweed-looking stuff is absolutely loaded with muscle-building amino acids.

It also contains high levels of vitamin C, D and E, so it’s great for your skin and bones, too. It’s not one that you’ll ladle into your shaker by the scoop-full, since it is an acquired taste, but mixed into shakes and smoothies, it’s a vegan dream.

Soy protein

Low in fat and carbohydrates, and high in protein, if you’re lactose intolerant, soy protein could be the way forward for you. We’ve just released our new range of MyVitamins proteins, and soy is already proving to be a bestseller.

You might have tried soy milk before, or even the flavoured varieties, which are made using water and soybeans. If so, you’ll know that it flavours well, and as an alternative to whey, it’s fantastic.

Brown rice protein

Just 30g of this powerful powder has the same amount of protein as 500g of brown rice. In fact, that 30g scoop of brown rice protein, contains 24g of protein, which is a pretty remarkable amount for any protein source. It’s heart-friendly, too, and mixes well with shakes, or just water.

Hemp protein

How we all missed out on this one for so long is a travesty. Hemp protein is made from pressed and ground hemp seeds, which are not only high in protein, but also essential omega fatty acids, vitamins D and E, B vitamins, and minerals including zinc, iron and copper.

Carotene is present in hemp protein, too, making it a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It’s dairy-free, so perfect if you’re lactose-intolerant or vegan, and it mixes extremely easily.

You don’t need to be vegan to enjoy the benefits of plant-based proteins, then. Check out the full range at the MyVitamins and online shop, and add some variety to your supplements.



Sophie Angell

Sophie Angell

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