If you are reading this, chances are you’re curious about what exactly vegan protein powder is/means and trust me, you are not alone! The vegan diet which once was categorized as “weird” has transformed into an extremely popular trend. If you have been to the grocery store lately, you will likely have noticed a lot of products lining the shelves that associate with the healthier eating movement. In fact, more folks have jumped on the vegan bandwagon than ever before! You can now conveniently get vegan cheese, vegan desserts, vegan pizza, you name it from your local grocery store. All in the name of vegan diets!
Recently, vegan protein powders have started to hit the shelves of grocery stores around the nation & for good reason. Vegan proteins have been overlooked and kept a secret from main stream products in America for years! I’m so passionate about plant-based proteins and helping educate people on the amazing benefits they provide that I’ve development my own vegan protein powder brand called Powerootz.
For those of you who are the verge of transitioning to vegan protein powder, or maybe your just looking for a “better” vegan option, I’ve compiled this list of facts that will leave you absolutely mind blown!
1. Plants are actually proteins disguised as “ fruits & veggies”!
We’ve all read the periodic table at least once in our lives and know that we are supposed to consume fruits & vegetables because they provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your bod. But what they didn’t teach you in elementary school is that deep down inside many plants are secretly natural proteins! So when it comes to vegan protein sources there are actually a ton of options available to you.
Let’s start with what vegan proteins actually are! Protein for vegans are sources of protein derived from plant based materials. In simple terms…it’s plant protein! Vegan protein is not only plant based, but usually all natural. All Natural protein powder is always the best alternative to non-plant based protein because of many many many reasons that I will point out as you read along!
“…Vegan protein is not only plant based, but usually all natural…”
2. Yes, Vegan Protein Powder is a complete protein!
That nasty rumor that went flying around in the early 2000’s claiming that vegan or vegetarian diets/supplements were unhealthy due to lack of complete proteins was total B.S. and here is why.
The term “complete protein” refers to amino acids, the building blocks of protein. There are 20 different amino acids that can form a protein, and nine that the body can’t product on it’s own. These are called essential/amino acids—we need to eat them because we can’t make them ourselves. In order to be considered “complete,” a protein must contain all nine of these essential amino acids in roughly equal amounts.
So yes, it’s true that meat and eggs are the easiest source of complete protein because you get all 9 essential amino acids from 1 ingredient. But they aren’t necessarily the healthiest. These proteins often come with saturated fats, high cholesterol, dense calories & many times hard on the digestive system.
Athletes from all walks of life embrace the consumption of excess protein under the assumption that more is better. Many companies (and entire industries) have gone to great lengths to convince the public that they need to seek out high protein foods and consume as much animal protein as possible, without any consideration of the health consequences that accompany excess consumption. The “vegans are unhealthy” rumor is just another way protein supplements companies squeeze their way into the diets of citizens everywhere, through the unwarranted fear that we won’t get enough of this specific nutrient.
What they don’t often advertise, is the human body does not need every essential amino acid in every bite of food in every meal they eat; we only need a sufficient amount of each amino acid every day.
“…the human body does not need every essential amino acid in every bite of food in every meal they eat; we only need a sufficient amount of each amino acid every day…”
That being said, with the plant-based powders found in Powerootz, including peanut & raw pea protein (complete proteins) your body is provided with such a wide variety of amino acid profiles that you are getting all of your amino acids you need in a single serving… Not to mention, it’s WAY healthier!
3. Vegan protein could save your life.
There’s a huge scam taking place in the American psychology. We are being told that animal protein is healthy and required on a daily basis for optimum health. The lies being shouted from the FDA rooftops are downright scandalous! What the meat industry doesn’t want you to know is that animal protein is directly linked to the development of cancer! Yes cancer! Don’t take my word for it though! See for yourself by watching “Forks Over Knives” or reading “The China Study.”
“…animal protein is directly linked to the development of cancer…”
If there is one thing in the fitness industry that is as common as weight training, it is the use of protein powder supplements. The powders of choice among mainstream bodybuilders & consumers worldwide are whey and casein, which are proteins derived from cow’s milk.
The dairy industry is a multi-billion dollar machine with a forecasted 494 billion in sales in 2015 alone! They are terrified that you will find out that their products will ruin your health!
According to Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s book The China Study, His findings show that when casein is consumed in large quantities, cancer cells increase in size, and when there is a cessation in consumption of casein, cancer tumor cells recede. It has also been proven that elevated levels of animal protein can cause kidney damage, liver problems, kidney stones, excess fat gain, contribute to the damaging of the lining of artery walls, lead to plaque build up in arteries, result in lethargy, diminish bone density, and cause a host of other health problems including prostate cancer.
“…when casein is consumed in large quantities, cancer cells increase in size, and when there is a cessation in consumption of casein, cancer tumor cells recede…”
A good example is the bodybuilding industry. Though bodybuilders exercise more than the average person, the rate of non-vegan bodybuilders suffering from diet-related health problemsis often more common than the general American public falling ill to diet-related diseases. I wonder what the culprit is…can you say animal protein!
“…the rate of non-vegan bodybuilders suffering from diet-related health problems is often more common than the general American public falling ill to diet-related diseases…”
According to Prostate.net , The American Heart Association does not recommend high animal protein diets, which are low in fruits, vegetables, and fiber. A better plan for your heart and your prostate is to trade red meat for plant-based protein and to eat a well-rounded diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
Even if you don’t choose Powerootz, I highly recommend that you use another vegan protein powder as they completely eliminate the risks that casein and whey produce!
4. Vegan protein supercharges your recovery rate!
If there’s one thing that all gym rats will agree on it’s a good recovery meal after exercise. The problem is that most post workout protein shakes and meals are centered only on the concept of replenishing fluids, carbs, and protein.
I mean this is a start, but what about the rest of your bodies needs after a ground pounding workout?! That’s where vegan protein steals the lead once again with it’s unique advantage over the competition!
“…what about the rest of your bodies needs after a ground pounding workout?!…”
Vegan protein doesn’t just meet the carbs, electrolytes, and protein needs of the body in recovery mode… Vegan proteins, like Powerootz, supercharges recovery with powerful superfoods that fight inflammation, provide minerals for bone strength, rejuvenate joints with natural silicas, and feed starving cells with macro, micro, and trace elements.
“…Vegan proteins often supercharge recovery with powerful superfoods that fight inflammation, provide minerals for bone strength, rejuvenate joints with natural silicas, and feed starving cells with macro, micro, and trace elements…”
True recovery isn’t just about your muscles, it’s about the vitality and restoration of the whole body! With a whole body approach to recovery, vegan protein will give you an edge that you never thought possible! I don’t know about you guys but a lightning fast recovery is a huge plus when your trying to keep up with a busy schedule!
“…True recovery isn’t just about your muscles, it’s about the vitality and restoration of the whole body!…”
5. Vegans can be bodybuilders too
There’s a secret to bodybuilding that most people have no idea about! A huge misconception is that vegans can’t be bodybuilders but rather bony bodies. I think that most of us would agree that if vegan protein won’t allow you to be a ripped beast at the gym then it would be quite pointless. Fortunately, vegan protein can get you ripped…and I mean RIPPED! If you ask vegan celebrity and 2009 Mr Natural Universe, Billy Simmonds, he would tell you to jump on the vegan bandwagon for some serious muscles! The guy is a vegan beast! Most importantly, he built those godly muscles with vegan protein. You can see a list of more vegan athletes that make vegan bodybuilding look shameless here.
“…vegan protein can get you ripped…”
Vegan protein is exactly what it reads. Protein. If it’s a complete protein, whether it comes from plants or meat, it doesn’t matter. It’s still all the building blocks your body needs to build some head turning muscles.
6. Vegan Protein actually makes you smarter!
You wouldn’t believe how much of your brain is being destroyed by most popular brands of protein such as Gold Standard! One of the best kept secrets in the protein powder industry is its content of toxic artificial sweeteners and flavor enhancers! And I mean lots of them! They use artificial sweeteners and synthetic flavor enhancers because they are dirt cheap and positively addictive.
“…One of the best kept secrets in the protein powder industry is its content of toxic artificial sweeteners and flavor enhancers…”
Can I just take a moment to say that I am seriously disgusted that protein companies would consciously poison it’s customers for profit…seriously people??? Pathetic…
Artificial sweeteners cause permanent brain damage and are known excitotoxins! Excitotoxins are defined as “a class of chemicals (usually amino acids) that overstimulate neuron receptors. Neuron receptors allow brain cells to communicate with each other, but when they’re exposed to excitotoxins, they fire impulses at such a rapid rate that they become exhausted.” This results in cell death! You can’t grow back brain cells people!
“…Artificial sweeteners cause permanent brain damage and are known excitotoxins…”
Artificial sweeteners not only dumb you down with brain toxicity, but also escort a host of other serious health problems into your life! Links to artificial sweeteners are made for “fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, tinnitus, joint pain, inexplicable depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus, and various cancers.”
“Links to artificial sweeteners are made for “fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, tinnitus, joint pain, inexplicable depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus, and various cancers.”
At this point how could you ever consider touching a non-vegan protein again? Fortunately, your brain and body have a fighting chance with plant based vegan protein! Powerootz, along with almost every ethical vegan protein company, uses natural sugar or natural sugar substitutes like stevia or agave inulin. These are healthy and proven safe.
Vegan protein companies are usually centered around health and have a major consideration for its customers well being. Just another reason why vegan protein is unbelievably better for your body!
“Vegan protein companies are usually centered around health and have a major consideration for its customers well being”
Always check the label no matter what protein you buy to make sure you don’t see Aspartame,Sucralose, Ace K, Acesulfame Potassium, or MSG. Be safe, and look up those weird ingredients that you don’t recognize! Self education is a part of accountability for your health!
7. Vegan Protein Shakes Taste AMAZING!
When you’re drinking protein drinks like every day of the week you know that it needs to taste better than chalk. I don’t know about you guys but nothing kills my workout high like a nasty protein shake!
I admit it can be real tricky finding a really tasty protein drink that’s also super healthy at times. That’s why I made Powerootz Superfood Protein in two flavors that will rock your world! I know I have some peanut butter and chocolate lovers out there and believe me I’m one of them! That’s why I kitchen crafted the best tasting peanut butter and chocolate flavored protein possible! If your not a peanut butter fan, then I also recommend sun warrior chocolate protein or Vega protein. They are two other brands that taste pretty good! No matter what brand, flavor, or company you choose to supplement your protein needs, just make sure its vegan and you will be well on you way to better health!
Well the secrets out about vegan protein, and your 7 facts closer to that healthy beautiful vegan body baby!