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Pea vs. Whey Protein

If you belong to a gym or workout regularly, you are bound to hear a conversation about what protein smoothie people are going to consume after their workout. Protein shakes and supplements have become increasingly popular in addition to various juicing, cleanses and powders.  Not to mention the social media craze of posting pictures and recipes for new product ideas and shakes to make. You can buy protein powders in all major nutrition stores, most large supermarket chains, direct to consumer online companies and large wholesalers like Amazon. The question is, what is the best protein powder to buy? Our goal with this post is to inform you on the benefits of taking protein daily, the difference between whey and pea protein and other information to take into consideration.

Taking protein powders is not just for the athletes, weekend warriors or gym rats. Protein supplementation has numerous benefits for every individual, young, old, active, or not. The following are some of the major benefits of taking protein:

  • Improved weight management
  • Growth in children and adults
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Improved muscle tone
  • Muscle repair and building for people of all ages

The most ideal time to take protein powders is when you’re starting a program, when you’re increasing the intensity of your workouts, during injury recovery, and when you’re growing… so basically, all the time!

Whey protein has been around for a long time and is extremely popular, but pea protein is now becoming more widely publicized in the U.S. and we want to discuss the major differences between the two.

Whey Protein: it’s one of the two major groups of proteins that are found in milk. Typically whey makes up 20% of milks protein and the rest is casein. Casein is what triggers most milk allergies.  Whey helps cells grow, replace and repair themselves. It is also widely popular with body builders who are looking to put weight on, or bulk up.

Pea Protein: is the protein that is flying onto the market right now and gaining quite a bit of popularity especially with those that have concerns about food allergies. If you have a soy/dairy and/or gluten allergy or are a vegetarian, this is the protein for you! Pea protein is a 100% vegan source of protein, and is easy for the body to absorb. It’s gluten, dairy and soy-free. Keep in mind that protein plays an important roll in every human cell.  Just like whey, pea protein provides essential amino acids and is extremely easy to digest. It tastes great and most people feel it is less gritty compared to most other forms of protein powders. Another key factor with pea protein is because of the body’s familiarity & ability to process a vegetable based protein (Pea); with little chance of inflammation, the body is less likely to retain water, thus keeping a harder look and potentially increasing definition. Not to mention a bit more consistency on the scale, which is a big help to weight class athletes, as well as overall health & fitness enthusiasts.

The key is no matter what type of protein you take, making sure you get enough each day to provide your body with the means to repair itself and grow in a healthy environment. On average it is suggested, one should consume 46-56 grams per day but more if you’re an athlete. Protein is vital to the human body and finding a great tasting high quality protein powder, can help you get closer to the optimal daily amount, allowing you to reach your health and fitness goals.

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