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  • Writer's pictureConnie Rutledge


The simplicity of a delicious tasting protein powder can be such a wonderful and convenient option to upping your protein game but buyer beware, not all protein powders are created for health! Of course you want to be getting many different sources of dietary protein using whole food on the daily. Eating healthy animals including seafood and eggs will ensure you get your proper daily dose. It's recommended to be getting about 0.4-0.9 grams of protein per pound of body weight daily. For many of us, that's way more than we allow ourselves. Do the math and see what happens when you actually do get enough protein in. Let me know how it goes.



Types of Protein Powder explained:


Whey protein

A cheap, popular and common type that is actually a byproduct of cheese production. Whey concentrate

powder is rich in essential amino acids but compared to whey isolate powder is the least processed of

whey forms. Concentrate can contain anything from 29% to 89% by its weight. If you react to dairy, this is not for you! But whey protein is generally easy to digest but might lead to an increase in insulin secretions due to lots of fillers and additives to the ingredient labels. Whey protein isolate is a further purified version of whey concentrate. Can be used by those who are following a strict diet plan, however it can digest very quickly.

Isolate powders, due to being absorbed faster can create a more profound insulin response if they contain sugars, which is a distinct disadvantage if you are on a weight loss plan and/or calorie deficit. 1 scoop of whey isolate on

average, contains about 22-25g of protein.

Pea Protein 

All of which are made from the yellow split pea.

  • Pea protein isolate: One of two types of pea protein you’re likely to come across in a store, an isolate is a powder that contains pea protein and amino acids and nothing else. “This type is great if you’re trying to lose weight and build muscle since it gets more protein in your diet.

  • Pea protein concentrate: Pea protein concentrate contains less protein but contains either additional carbs and proteins or carbs and fats. “This is the preferred product if you’re looking to add weight or as a meal replacement because it has additional calories but it’s a good source of nutrition, too.

  • Textured pea protein: This type of protein is even less processed and you likely won’t come across it as a dietary supplement as it’s mostly used to make meat alternative products. “This is primarily for people trying to cut down on meat and focus on a more veg/vegan diet.

Hemp protein 

Hemp has been consumed for centuries, there are many benefits to this protein type, and one of the best is the fact that it contains all 9 essential amino acids. This is quite uncommon for a non-meat or dairy based protein source making it a go to option for any vegan health enthusiast. In conjunction with being a whole protein source, hemp protein also contains the essential amino acids 6 and 9 which are vital for proper immune function and cell growth / repair. This really is a very rich nutrient source for anybody wanting to enhance his or her inner functions as well as develop lean muscle tissue.

Hemp also contains carbs and fat, however, making it a challenge for those on a specific type of diet. If you are looking to shed fat or are on a low carb diet, hemp protein is probably not the best for you.

Soy Protein

When it comes to types of protein powders for vegans and vegetarian soy is a controversial choice. A good quality soy protein powder will provide you with a complete vegetable protein source, perfect for vegetarians. However, it has been well documented that soy protein could contain phytoestrogens that mess with hormones and create some fairly serious health problems. This includes problems with thyroid and also sex hormone secretion.

People who try to mix up the type of protein sources and choices they intake. Soybeans are a pretty versatile vegetable protein as they contain most of the essential amino acids your body and muscles need for repair and growth making soy, but if you were going to go with a vegetable protein, hemp and even pea would be much better choices. Soy is very cheap in cost, high protein and low in carbs with side effects that the phytoestrogens contained within soy protein can lead to decreases in testosterone levels and increases in estrogen.

Beef Isolate Protein-I LOVE THIS ONE AND USE IT ALL WEEK LONG!! use code CONNIE10 for 10% off first order.

Beef isolate protein is a relatively new type of protein powder on the market. Beef protein isolates are usually a popular choice amongst those with a dairy intolerance as the good ones are free from whey, soy and artificial color. An excellent example of one of the purest beef isolates on the market is EquipFoods Prime Protein.

Prime Protein consists of 100% grass fed beef isolate protein, which contains collagen, gelatin and all of the micronutrients you would get from eating a piece 4 ounce cut of grass fed beef. This isn’t cheese production leftovers like whey protein, Prime uses full chunks of grass fed beef. 

This beef isolate protein is paleo friendly and is the closest you can get to eating a real meal from a supplement. The collagen and gelatin helps you build back joints and connective tissues and the amino acids from the beef help you build muscle tissue rapidly. A recent study just showed the same amino acid spikes as both whey AND casein, meaning you are getting both fast and slow absorption of this protein, just like you would when you would eat a piece of beef.

There is no dairy in beef isolate protein, so those with intolerances to dairy should feel safe knowing they aren’t going to have any inflammation or gut problems.

Prime Protein is also low carb and low fat, meaning you can use it specifically for when you need protein, and then add in fats and carbs as you wish.

When it comes to deciding which type of protein powder is for you, it can be tricky with so many excellent choices on the market, ultimately selecting the best quality powder which fits your goals is the best way to go.

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