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Choosing the Right Protein Powder for Your Body

Filed Under: Nutrition,Sports Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor


Protein powders come in many forms.  Just walking down the aisle of your local supplement store and you will find a variety of sources for protein powders.  Options such as whey, soy, rice, vegan, egg, pea and more leave consumers feeling confused and hopeless on where to start.  When it comes to choosing the right protein powder, what works for one person might not work for you.  Choosing the right protein to fit your needs and your body’s needs is important.  For instance, some people require more protein throughout the day.  If you are a body builder, you may look for a product that contains more protein.  However, if you are a marathon runner you may want a protein powder with more carbohydrates.  Some people won’t be able to digest the ingredients of certain formulas and need more hypoallergenic powders. LuckyVitamin carries an assortment of protein powders for any individuals needs.  We are going to take a brief look at the different proteins you might find on the shelf.

One form of protein is Whey protein which is derived from dairy.  More technically defined, whey protein is the protein contained in whey, the watery portion of milk that separates from the curds when making cheese.  It contains a blend of amino acids that stimulates muscle growth.  Since this product comes from dairy, if you are allergic to dairy then a whey protein is not for you.

Another form of protein is Soy protein. It is a type of protein that is isolated from the soybean.  It is roughly 90-95% protein, it contains amino acids needed for growth, and it is nearly carbohydrate and fat free.  This replacement protein can be found in bars, meal replacement shakes, bottled fruit drinks, and other dietary supplements. Soy protein isolate can be purchased as flavored or plain soy protein shake powder.  One of the issues with soy protein is that most of the soybeans grown in the US are genetically modified (GM).

Next, you have Rice protein, which most often comes from brown rice.  It is an interesting source of protein for those who are on a restricted diet and for vegetarians.  Brown rice protein contains all 9 essential amino acids and it has been shown clinically to be effective at building muscle and aiding in muscle recovery. Not all rice proteins are created equally though and you must look for a quality product free of heavy metals and other toxins.

Hypoallergenic formulas are another great source of protein. Hypoallergenic formulas like Plant Fusion feature a vegan based protein powder. The source of the protein comes from pea, amaranth, quinoa, and artichoke. It is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free and shellfish free. It contains 21 grams of protein and has a very similar amino acid profile compared to whey. Next time you are shopping for a protein powder consider your individual needs.


3 Responses to “Choosing the Right Protein Powder for Your Body”

  1. pauline rivard says:

    I am 65 I work out 4 days a week I do want to keep my muscle .I do not want to look like a body builder, I have no allergies,I live alone and my meals are not always the best, What protein would be best for me.

  2. Diane Cote says:

    Happy Holidays! I’m still not sure which one is best for me. I’m 68, the only exercise I do every day is walk (25-40 minutes, depend on my mood) and climb the stairs to the 6th floor (80 steps) and then I clean….. I love protein shake in the morning with frozen fruits and unsweetened Silk beverage (tried to avoid sweet) I always used Solgar Whey to go. What do you suggest for my need. (I like to maintain my weight). Also no meat is allowed in my life.

    Thank for listening and please help me with my choice.


  3. Paul W. says:

    Thanks for mentioning the G.M.O. contamination of the soy crop in the U.S.
    Always go Certified Organic if you use soy. I use Nature’s Plus Energy Shake.

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