Vegan Protein – Myths & Realities of a Plant Based Workout
Just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean you can’t hit your protein targets. In fact, vegan protein is some of the healthiest and most bioavailable of all protein sources.
The fact is that protein deficiency is so rare that it is almost a myth. Yet, that doesn’t change the fact that a lot of people worry about their protein intake.
The only situation where you’re going to need more than the normal protein that you find in your everyday foods is when you’re working out.
That means if you’re trying to increase muscle mass and tone up your body.
Vegan Protein vs Animal Protein
|Food Source||Protein Contentper 100g||Biological Value||Fat Content per 100g||Carbohydrates per 100g|
|Chicken||6 g||100 %||5,5 g||0,3 g|
|Beef||21 g||92 %||5 g||0|
|Tuna||21 g||92 %||15 g||0|
|Soy Beans||35 g||85 %||18 g||6 g|
|Rice||7 g||80 %||2 g||74 g|
|Oats||11 g||50 %||1 g||71 g|
In total, there are around 20 amino acids that the human body uses to build proteins.
These amino acids are classified as either essential or non-essential.
Your body can produce non-essential amino acids. However, it cannot produce essential amino acids, which need to be obtained through your diet.
For optimal health, your body needs all the essential amino acids in the right ratios. So when it comes to choosing the right sort of protein it’s important to understand the amino acid profile of your food.
Meat, fish, and eggs have what is called a ‘complete’ amino acid profile. This means that they contain all of the essential amino acids that your body needs to thrive. While many plant-based protein sources are considered ‘incomplete’, i.e. they are lacking in one or more of the essential amino acids.
However, this is not to say that animal proteins are better. As usual, soy comes to the rescue. Soy is the only plant-based protein source with a complete amino acid profile. Great news for vegans then as your regular consumption of soy milk and tofu should more than meet your daily protein requirement.
Should I Supplement Vegan Protein?
The honest answer here is that it depends on your lifestyle. Even though many plant-based proteins are ‘incomplete’, mostly everyone will naturally ingest all the amino acids that they need. That’s because your diet is different every day and as such you encounter a number of different protein sources.
The only situation where you may need to supplement extra protein into your diet is if you are trying to build muscle mass.
Many gym enthusiasts who follow a plant-based, or vegetarian diet, struggle to get enough protein in their meals to really see a change in their strength.
At this point, you might want to consider starting your day with a protein shake to make sure you get the right nutrition to fuel your workout.
Advanced Formula Vegan Protein
Our protein contains the perfect combination of plant-based proteins – Soy protein isolate (49%), Rice protein concentrate (15%), Pea protein (15%), Lupine flour (5%) & Hemp protein (5%). This mix has been specially designed to bring you 18 essential and non-essential amino acids.
This high amino acid profile allows for optimal protein synthesis which helps the body to build muscle and lean muscle mass.
Plant-based proteins are much easier to digest than whey based protein and come packed with additional nutrients and antioxidants. Whey proteins are often lacking in this dense nutrition due to the manufacturing process and can contain some heavy metals.