It’s amazing how the word ‘vegan‘ comes with so many negative connotations. It is assumed that vegans are choosing a life of deficiency and malnourishment when the truth is almost exactly the opposite. Responsible vegans eat extremely well, with a more diverse and well-balanced diet than many vegetarians and meat eaters. Education is the key to eating well and ensuring that the right amount of protein, minerals, fats, and carbs are incorporated into a vegan diet.
Another misconception is that athletes and bodybuilders can’t get enough protein to build muscle and maintain weight. In fact, vegan protein powders are among the highest quality products available today, with all of the protein, minerals and amino acids that contribute to a balanced diet. Vegan proteins include soy, rice, hemp, and pea protein. The biological value of these proteins is generally very high, and especially hemp and pea protein are absorbed efficiently and digested easily. A simple smoothie can easily deliver the daily requirement for protein to vegans, and provide additional protein to athletes and bodybuilders. In fact, vegan protein sources like the pea, hemp, rice, and soy are thought by many to be better quality, less processed and easier to absorb.
Another leading animal protein that is contained in so many shakes and powders is whey protein. While whey is commonly used, it is non-vegan, and often causes problems for individuals who are lactose intolerant or who suffer from allergies. Whey is actually a by-product of the dairy industry, specifically cheese, which would otherwise be discarded until it was packaged and marketed by the dairy industry and a high-quality protein. Whey is actually harder to absorb and can be difficult to digest for many people. Whey is highly processed before it is converted to a powder and flavor is added, which is a concern for many people.
Vegan protein powders are excellent no matter what your daily eating habits are, vegan or non-vegan. What matters is not the label ‘vegan’, but the quality of the products and benefits to your body.