With cardiovascular disease rates at all-time highs across the globe, people are beginning to turn more and more towards plant-based options for their nutrition.
In the fitness industry, plant protein supplements have exploded in popularity and not just with a vegan crowd. From bodybuilders to the average weekend lifter, everyone is adding more plant-focused nutrients into their diets.
Have you started to do the same?
If not, let's take a look at the top 5 benefits of using a plant protein powder for your health and fitness goals.
No Lactose Allergy Worries
Lactose intolerance is one of the most common food allergies in the world. If you get an upset stomach when you eat common dairy-based items like cheese and milk then there's a good chance milk-based protein supplements will cause you the same stress.
Supplementing with a high-quality plant-based protein supplement allows you to forget about whether or not your stomach will agree with what you're drinking. Avoid allergy worries with plant protein. (1)
May Help to Fight Disease
A number of studies have connected diets high in animal products and low in vegetables with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. While you don't need to give up your chicken and fish, it is important to increase the amount of vegetables and fruits in your diet. Plant protein powder allows you to do this while supplementing your daily protein intake.
A diet rich in plant-based foods has been shown to significantly decrease your risk for many ailments such as heart disease and high cholesterol. (1-3)
There's a good chance that you've heard about the environmental destruction that is taking place due to deforestation. Forests are being cut down in order to make room for cows that supply both milk and meat. Most of the animal-based proteins you find on the market may have a negative impact on the environment by utilizing the milk product of these massive factory farm.
Plant-based proteins, on the other hand, do not negatively contribute to the environment. Rather, they allow for more diverse crops to be harvested and protect the land from being used for slaughterhouses.
Boost Your Health
Continuing with the idea above, these cows are loaded up with soy-based feed, hormones, and antibiotics. Where do all of these compounds wind up? They find their way into your protein supplement.
If you want to avoid the potentially troublesome additions in many whey protein products, you can use a plant-protein. Many plant proteins offer the same number of grams of protein per serving without the antibiotics or hormones.
Just as Good as Whey
One of the most popular reasons that people buy whey protein is because they believe that plant protein will not allow them to gain the same amount of muscle mass. This has been proven in several studies to be false.
A study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition showed that plant protein such as pea protein isolate was just as effective as whey protein at promoting protein synthesis, increasing lean muscle mass, and boosting recovery. (2-3)
Ready to start incorporating more plant-based sources of protein into your diet to maximize your health and gains? Why not start by making your very own plant protein powder?
You can mix several of the highest quality plant-based sources together with the Amino Z Supplement Builder. It even has pre-set recommendations based on your goals if you're not sure which ingredients you want. Get started today!
- Krajcovicova-Kudlackova M, Babinska K, Valachovicova M. Health benefits and risks of plant proteins. Bratisl Lek Listy. 2005;106(6-7):231-4.
- Nicolas Babault, Christos Païzis, Gaëlle Deley, Laetitia Guérin-Deremaux, Marie-Hélène Saniez, Catherine Lefranc-Millot and François A Allaert. Pea proteins oral supplementation promotes muscle thickness gains during resistance training: a double-blind, randomized, Placebo-controlled clinical trial vs. Whey protein. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 201512:3.
- Joy JM, Lowery RP, Wilson JM, et al. The effects of 8 weeks of whey or rice protein supplementation on body composition and exercise performance. Nutrition Journal. 2013;12:86. doi:10.1186/1475-2891-12-86.