It is widely document the benefits protein offers not only to health and wellbeing but also for elite athletes.
There is varied research on how much protein should be consumed and is optimal for different athletes we will investigate this further in another blog. For this article we are going with the research that increased protein intake can support athletic performance and health and will look at the benefits of plant-based proteins.
1. Allergy Free
Many people suffer allergies to whey protein. It can cause gas or bloating for people with milk or other similar allergies. Plant-based protein powder can be the top pick for those who do suffer from a whey allergy. It can also be a great choice for those who have gluten allergies!
Other protein powders may have gluten in them to help you feel fuller, but plant-based protein powder is often gluten free and hypoallergenic!
Peak Nutrition Performance range is free from gluten, dairy, soy, GMO’s being 100% natural and organic.
2. Friendly Fibre
Plants are packed with fibre!!!
Fibre is made up of both soluble and insoluble fibre. Insoluble fibre helps our digestive system run smoothly. The soluble fibre keeps us feeling full and happy after we eat. Since plants contain large amounts of both soluble and insoluble fibre, we get the benefit of properly working digestion and satiety meaning potentially less snacking and calories for when we are dieting.
A lot of protein products are filled with GMO’s to keep you feeling full. With Peak Nutrition’s performance range, you get this feeling with 100% natural ingredients.
3. Metabolism Booster
Another reason plant-based protein powder is the way to go, is how it works with your metabolism. Protein itself takes longer to digest than carbs or fat. When you want to lose weight, it’s important to eat more protein to help kick your metabolism into gear. The great thing about plant protein is that it also takes a while for your body to digest; because of all of the fibre. The more your body works on metabolizing the plant protein you have eaten, the better your body is at burning the extra fat you are trying to get rid of.
4. Alkalizing Anomalies
Our bodies’ natural pH levels can be balanced through plant-based protein powder, as well.
Foods such as meat and carbs are more acidic in nature and cause our pH levels to get out of whack. To cope with the change, our bodies take minerals from our bones and other places, and then distribute those minerals accordingly.
Plant-based diets help to combat the acidity in our diets. Plants that have high amounts of chlorophyll (the greener, the better) provide the alkalinity that our bodies need.
Whether it’s a shot of wheatgrass juice, your favourite spinach salad, or plant-based protein powder with leafy greens mixed in, your body will thank you for providing it with the essential vitamins and minerals it needs.
All peak nutrition products include different, carefully selected superfoods depending on the goal of the product.
5. Vitamins and Minerals
It’s no secrets plant-based diets provides a vast variety of vitamins and minerals.
A protein powder that offers more than just protein provides extra value.
Plants are filled with antioxidants and other vitamins that you just won’t get in animal protein alone. There are also tons of minerals that your body can use to keep it healthy and strong and aid recovery from exercise. Adding fruits, veggies, and other plants to your protein powder is essential for elite athletes and fitness enthusiasts. Protein powders are such quick and easy ways to get the nutrients you need.
6. No Growth Hormones or Antibiotics
Livestock are often treated with growth hormones and antibiotics. This can easily translate into the whey protein you may want to use for your workouts (see our blog why organic for more info)
With plant-based protein powder, you won’t have to worry about any of those hormones or antibiotics.
The counter to this is what about pesticides used in conventional farming? We have that covered all our products are 100% Organic. No pesticides, no artificial ingredients or nasty chemicals.
7. Complete amino acid profile
Ok, this one may seem a stretch if comparing plant-based protein to animal protein but bear with us. Animal protein powder generally comes in the form of a complete amino acid profile. Out of the 20 amino acids 11 are non-essential and 9 essential. Essential amino acids the body cannot make on its own and must be derived from food.
Most plant-based proteins do not contain all 9 essential amino acids, thus, are not ‘complete proteins’. Hence, for those on a plant-based diet it is essential to consume protein from many different sources (pea, rice, hemp, sunflower) to get the full amino acid profile in their diet.
Our Performance Protein combines a mixture of plant-based proteins to ensure a complete protein source for optimal muscle growth and recovery. The benefits of this over whey protein are with different protein sources you also get the added impact of vast amounts of other vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to support health, vitality and performance.
8. Better for the planet
A big, but often overlooked, benefit for choosing plant-based protein over animal protein is the positive effect it has on the environment. Manufacturing plant-based protein powder is so healthy for the environment! It requires less land, water, and other resources to grow crops for plant-based protein than it does animal protein. It’s cleaner for the environment, produces less waste and greenhouse gas emissions than the production of animal protein.
Getting protein form a variety of sources is essential for the body to function and even more so for peak performance. Nothing replaces a healthy and varied plant-based diet. However, we are a busy society and the aid of high quality supplementation can support a healthy diet to support nutrition and fitness goals.
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