Going low on protein? Thinking of a radical diet change to include more protein? Well, you must read this article before you make up your mind!
Protein is an essential macronutrient, of which you need to take at least 1 gram per kilogram of body weight if you are active. The most common and much-preferred source of protein for most people would be from animal sources such as chicken, fish, turkey, or eggs!
Plant protein powders, on the other hand, are emerging to be a preferred choice of protein for many, and why not! Technological advances have made plant protein to be equal to or superior to animal proteins! Max Protein has recently launched plant protein powders in 7 delectable flavors such as Belgian exotic dark chocolate, creamy vanilla, cold coffee, Swiss chocolate, Banana caramel, Alphonso mango, and digestive masala flavors! Have you tried any of them?
Having said so, this still doesn’t answer our question. What is better – plant protein or animal protein? We have listed down 6 such differences and what kind of protein should you opt for good health!
Plant Protein vs. Animal Protein
1. The ‘Complete’ proteins
Yes, we know animal proteins are complete proteins with all the 9 essential amino acids present in them! The fact that plant-based proteins are deficient holds true for individual foods such as lentils, and beans among others. Plant protein powders on the other hand are a different ball game. This is because plant protein powders usually have a mix of pea protein, quinoa, soy protein isolate, and brown rice powder. The amino acids from these plant-based foods complement each other and make for a complete protein source.
2. Animal protein and its friends
Animal foods do not provide protein alone, they also come with saturated fat and higher sodium. There is also no fiber in animal protein foods. While we would love to get protein from animal foods, excess consumption also means a high intake of saturated fats and sodium, which could be detrimental to heart health.
3. Protection against weight gain
Plant protein is rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making it a safer source for your health. The fiber in plant protein and plant protein powders keeps you feeling full for longer. This means lower snacking and protection against excess weight gain.
4. Easy on the tummy
Ever notice how you don’t feel ‘stuffed’ after consuming a bowl of salad? Plant protein foods and even plant protein powders are easy on the tummy. Max Protein plant protein powders come with added enzymes and probiotics, which makes them easy to digest!
5. Plant protein and its friends
Plant proteins are a great source of gut-healthy fiber. A high-fiber diet is shown to prevent constipation and keep us healthy. Animal products could. Animal foods run the risk of being genetically modified, or as in the case of fish, they could have heavy metals. Plant protein powders could be devoid of these contaminants.
6. Easy on the planet too
Plant-based protein is not just easy on your tummy, but it is lighter on the planet and the environment. Much has been spoken about how animal rearing is not sustainable with increased demands on feed, water, and electricity. Cultivating plants is gentler on the planet’s resources, too! Gentler on our health and on the planet, a win-win for sure.
So what is the final verdict? We are betting on plant protein powders versus animal protein due to the 6 benefits listed in the blog. Max Protein’s newly launched plant protein powders combine soy protein isolate, pea protein, peanut flour, sattu or Bengal gram flour, and brown rice powder in 7 yummy flavors! Now you do not have to put up with tasteless or muddy-tasting plant protein powders. Indulge in taste and health with Max Protein’s plant protein powders.
If you have tried them, we would love to hear more. Write in the comments about your experience.