When you hear the words “protein powder” you might initially think of a supplement used only by bodybuilders or athletes. However, this just isn’t the case and in fact, protein powders can be beneficial for everyone!
At BENU, we currently have whey and vegan isolate protein powder and so in this article, I am going to give you the inside “scoop” on - what is protein powder and more specifically, what is an isolate protein? As well as, why should you use a protein powder and what is the difference between whey and vegan protein?
WHAT IS PROTEIN?
To start, we need to break protein down.
Protein is a macronutrient - meaning it is a required part of our diet.
Every inch of our body contains protein; from head to toe - to skin and bones, it is essential for building and repairing our body. Furthermore, protein creates enzymes and hormones that work to regulate your metabolism and help you grow.
When protein is consumed, your body breaks it down into small molecules called amino acids.
Amino acids, often referred to as the “building blocks” of protein, link together to create chains that then get transported to other parts of the body where they’ll heal and repair those tissues and cells.
There are 20 total different amino acids we need to keep our bodies functioning properly and when your body receives all 20 amino acids it is called a complete protein.
Luckily, 11 of these are naturally produced in our bodies. However, the other 9 cannot be made naturally and must be consumed through other food sources.
However, those other 9 aminos are vital to us, this is where a protein powder can help play a major role in your diet and recovery.
WHAT IS PROTEIN POWDER AND WHAT DOES ISOLATE MEAN?
Protein powder is simply a condensed and powdered form of protein. It can be made from either animal or plant sources and vary widely in terms of it’s ingredients and quality.
There are several food sources in which a protein powder typically comes from: Whey, Casein, Pea, Hemp, Egg, and Brown Rice.
When a protein source has been picked, it goes through the filtration process and depending on the way it is filtered, it gets categorized into one of three forms: Concentrate, Hydrolysate, and of course, Isolate.
ISOLATE protein tends to be known as the “clean” protein, because when filtered it goes through extra filtration to make sure that non-protein contents are thoroughly pushed out.
This helps the protein keep 90-95% of its protein content, which allows the protein to have little…….if not, 0 grams of fats and carbs.
WHY USE A PROTEIN POWDER?
Here’s to list a few:
- You simply do not consume enough protein in your diet
- You do ANY type of exercising and need help recovering your muscles
- You need to put on weight/gain muscle and need more calories in your daily caloric intake
- You are on your feet all day and do not have time to sit down and eat a full meal
- You need to lose weight and want to replace an unhealthy or not so delicious option for a yummy and protein packed one
- You have recently started a new vegetarian or vegan diet and cannot get a sufficient amount of protein
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHEY AND VEGAN PROTEIN?
Whey Protein - animal sourced and derives from milk
Vegan Protein - sourced from plants
You may know someone or maybe it is even you that tends to stay away from whey protein. Why? Well, because whey protein contains Lactose.
Lactose is a sugar that is found in milk, that requires an enzyme called Lactase to break that sugar down. If your body is lacking that enzyme, then having a whey based protein will not typically sit well with you.
Whey Protein - contains all 9 essential amino acids, as well as, branched chain amino acids (BCAA’s) which aid in faster muscle recovery and make up a complete protein
Vegan Protein - depending on the source, can lack one to two essential amino acids, if not more. However, if paired correctly with two complementary sources in a protein powder, it can become a complete protein
Whey Protein - usually known for being pretty tasty and mixing well
Vegan Protein - typically gets a bad rep and is usually known as the chalky and more so tasteless protein powder
However, this highly depends on the supplement and how the protein was made and processed.
Our BENU Vegan protein for example is a complete protein and people rave about it with great reviews on its consistency and flavor!
So, even though the taste of vegan protein can typically be different….since it is plant based, does not mean it can’t have good consistency and taste.
Now that we’ve covered protein; the isolate form, why protein powder is beneficial and the differences of a whey and vegan protein….it’s time to go explore our BENU protein supplements for yourself and pick the one that best suits you!
If you still have questions about our protein or any of our other supplements. Feel free to E-mail us by CLICKING HERE and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions!