Plant Protein Power Outperforms Whey Protein
It’s likely that, by now, you’ve heard of #MeatlessMonday, but how about #WheylessWednesday? If not, it could be your chance to take another step towards total body health by cutting whey protein from your diet, one day per week (and hopefully working your way up to wheyless every day!)
What is Whey?
Whey is a watery, milk-based substance that is leftover after milk is curdled in order to make cheese. It is often used in food products as a substitute for milk, but it also has become popular as a protein supplement for those looking to supplement their protein requirements. However, due to whey proteins derivation from milk it is not ideal for those with milk allergies, as well as those avoiding animal products. Plant protein, on the other hand, offers the same benefits as whey protein and can be consumed by vegetarians, vegans, or those following a Kosher diet. It also offers several additional, health-related benefits.
Hormone-Free (and more)
Various drugs, antibiotics, hormones and steroids are often used in the dairy industry to promote growth and development, as well as increase milk production in cows. Unfortunately, many of these compounds are transferred into the milk and ultimately the protein powder created from the whey. While no studies have yet proven a link between steroid, hormone and antibiotics in dairy and a correlation with negative effects in human health, it is still a concern for many.
Easy to Digest
Milk products, even for non-lactose intolerant or non-allergic persons, can be difficult for the body to digest. An estimated 33% of adults in North America have some type of sensitivity that can lead to gas and bloating – that figure increases to 75% worldwide as certain ethnicities have a genetically-reduced ability to digest dairy. The good news is that plant protein can offer all the same benefits, without causing pain, bloating, or dairy-related allergic reactions. The range of plant protein powders (pea, hemp, brown rice and flax among others) means that even if you have an aversion to one type of protein there are more choices available.
Our blood operates at a slightly alkaline level; 7.365pH to be exact. That being said, many processed foods – as well as sugars, meat and dairy – push the body towards an acidic blood level. The issue here is that the body will strive for balance, removing the elements it needs in order to achieve an alkaline blood level. Primarily this means removing minerals from the bones and vital organs. Minor symptoms of “acidosis” (too much acidity in the blood) can include fatigue, confusion, headache and lack of appetite, but in more severe cases acidosis can lead to long-term damage to the body and tissues, even coma and death. Of course, by balancing your diet with alkaline-forming foods, including plant-based proteins, you can ensure that your blood pH is balanced for optimum health.
Whey consumers often worry that by switching to a plant-based protein powder that they won’t be achieving the same protein intake of essential amino acids that the body needs to build and repair tissue. While it’s true that some lower-quality plant protein powders are not complete proteins, our Plant Protein Power contains a complete amino acid profile that rivals whey protein – without the drawbacks of whey. 22 Days Nutrition Plant Protein Powder is also cholesterol-free, sugar-free, and delicious! With no GMOs, no gluten, no soy and 100% organic, it’s the perfect meal replacement or workout-recovery supplement for anyone looking for a little extra protein – check it out!