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Which Kind Of Protein Powders Are The Best?

March 04, 2015 3 min read

There’s whey, casein, soy, egg, plant based! So many to choose from. Which one should you choose and why? Well if you are a vegetarian or lactose intolerant or have allergies, then the choice may already be made for you. However, you may want to have some different ones on hand for variety, for your various goals, or for when you are on the run. Egg Protein These powders are made with pure egg white protein. They don't contain the yolk, so they are low in fat and cholesterol free. Egg protein can be used for those who are allergic to dairy or milk proteins. Egg protein is considered to be the most nearly perfect source of protein because its amino acid pattern most nearly matches that needed for human development. Egg protein is a medium-digesting protein, meaning it'll keep you satisfied for a longer period of time than fast-digesting protein. Whey vs. casein protein These two proteins are both derived from milk and are both excellent sources of all the essential amino acids. However, they differ in one important trait —whey is a fast-digesting protein and casein is a slow-digesting protein. Since whey quickly increases protein synthesis and casein blocks protein breakdown, a combination of both would be best. For example, whey protein can be very effective before and after a workout and first thing in the morning. But since the benefits of whey after exercise are short-lived, you should consume a meal containing protein 20-60 minutes after drinking this post-workout shake. Otherwise, a combo of whey and casein could be consumed 1 hour before and immediately after exercise for a continued benefit on protein balance. Casein is also a perfect protein shake before bed because it helps with a continued absorption while you sleep. Soy Protein Soy protein is processed from the soybean plant. Most of the fat, fiber and carbs are then removed. It's a vegetarian source of protein and is cholesterol free. Soy protein is high in isoflavone or phytoestrogen content, and amino acid glutamine. However, it has also been known to increase estrogen, and soy is a known allergen. Soy is either from GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) or non-GMO soybeans. You’ll have to expect to pay slightly more to buy a non-GMO soy protein, meaning the soybean plant has not had any of its genes altered in any way. Other Plant proteins are ideal alternatives to whey, milk or egg white protein. They are derived from a variety of sources, including peas, hemp, sprouts, and grains and seeds like brown rice, quinoa, millet, spirulina, chia and more. They are rich in vitamins and minerals, and often provide antioxidants, amino acids, fiber and more. They typically have more grams of carbs and less grams of protein per serving than whey, casein or soy. Plant proteins are typically suitable for vegetarian or vegan diets. They are also well stomached by lactose-intolerant individuals. Some other plant protein sources are - rice which is allergen-friendly, cholesterol free and contains no dairy, soy or gluten. Pea protein is an excellent choice for those looking for a protein with no common allergens as well.  It is easy to digest, hypoallergenic, paleo acceptable and non-GMO.   Feel free to follow me on my Facebook page or check out more from me on my blog at www.zuzanaorbodyrockaddict.blogspot.com

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