Recovery is one of the most important aspects of exercise being effective. Protein is a critical element of that recovery, as it rebuilds muscles after working out.
Many protein powders on the market today lack quality that is essential for recovery. The primary aspects to focus on when choosing a protein powder is the protein amount and source, amino acid profile, sugar, and ingredients (artificial, organic, natural, etc.).
There has also been a large debate in the nutrition industry regarding the superiority of whey and collagen protein powder over plant-based protein powder. Criticism against vegan protein powder is that they lack a complete amino acid profile and are less effective than whey and collagen protein. However, a recent study on the effects of whey vs plant-based protein showed they're equal in strength, performance, and body composition as a post-workout recovery. Pea and rice together has a complete amino acid profile that is competitive with whey's amino acid profile.
Below are five advantages that an organic plant-based protein has over whey and collagen protein.
Plant-based protein powder is notorious for digesting better than whey protein powder. While 65% of the population unknowingly is lactose intolerant, a plant-based protein powder is a significantly better option due to digestion.
Sourcing protein from vegetables and grains, specifically peas and rice, are much more nutrient dense foods than sourcing from dairy. Vegetables and grains provide your body with powerful nutrients and antioxidants that improve your overall health, mood, and body.
Plant-based diets are becoming increasingly better known for their performance advantages over other diets. When using a vegan protein powder, you’re making a conscious decision to increase your performance through greater health, lower body fat, and enhanced energy sources. Peep the Game Changers trailer below, which is a revolutionary film examining plant-based diets and their effects on performance and health.
Not all vegan protein powders are created equal and organic though. However, The Plant Era’s protein powder is 95% organic. Organic ingredients are grown without any artificial chemicals. This includes hormones, antibiotics, genetically modified organisms, and artificial food additives.
Organic ingredients are produced in a much more sustainable way than non-organic ingredients and improve soil, reduce pollution, and use less water.
Certain studies have also indicated that organic ingredients contain higher levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and lower nitrate levels (which increase the risk of cancer).
When choosing to use a plant-based option, you’re choosing a more environmentally friendly option given that plant-based foods and plant-based diets emit less carbon emissions and use significantly less resources.
For those looking to take their game to the next level and don’t shy away from trying to be their best version, a plant-based protein powder is the way to go.