The best types of protein powders for vegans
What are the different types of plant protein powders available?
Soy is the one that most people are familiar with because it is the soybean that has been hanging around the market for the longest time. Made from defatted soy flour, soybeans can contain up to 90% protein.
Incredibly, soybeans have also been found to destroy harmful cells in the body.
Pea protein is the new kid on the block and has been used in many recent launches because it’s allergen-free, so it’s a good choice for those with a soy allergy.
The feed peas used in the production of pea protein powder can contain up to 80% protein. It is also a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids.
It is by no means a subordinate option either.
A study company in 2019 found that pea protein was just as effective as whey protein. There was little or no difference in body composition, strength, performance, or muscle gain.
Hemp protein has been around for a while, but it tastes distinctly earthy, so keep that in mind with how you plan to use it.
Brown rice protein
Another good option for vegan protein powder is brown rice protein.
It is not a complete protein, which is why you often see it added to other protein powders to provide all of the amino acids, but it is high in BCAA (Chain brand amino acids).
A study in 2020 has found that it is just as effective as whey protein powder in supporting muscle growth when taken after exercise.
Quinoa is another that tends to be mixed with other protein powders, but you can also get it on its own.
Additionally, quinoa is high in iron which adds another functional benefit to this option and it is a complete protein as well.
With most, if not all of these options, they come in natural flavors that are great for adding to smoothies and baking when you don’t want one flavor to dominate.
They are also available in a variety of other flavors like vanilla, banana, and chocolate. These tend to work well for people who just want a simple post-workout protein shake with a delicious kick of flavor.