Vegan Protein Powder Vs. Whey Protein?
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Vegan Protein Powder Vs. Whey Protein?

October 4, 2019

Hey guys. Sean Nalewanyj here
– This picture behind me is literally a complete
coincidence but this is just sort of quick follow up here to yesterday’s video where
I talked about vegan bodybuilding diets. This question popped up in the Q&A video that I
did a while back and that question was basically just asking what my thoughts are on vegan
protein powders. There are a lot of different ones out there, a pretty good portion of them
are based on combinations of pea protein and brown rice protein but there are a lot of
other forms as well. There’s hemp, soy, quinoa, potato but in any case how do vegan
protein powders compared to whey, egg or casein and can you use them as part of your muscle
building diet. Whether it’s because you actually are a vegan or just because you get
certain negative effects when you use regular animal based protein powders. Very simple
answer here, I would say that plant based protein powders when used as part of a complete
balanced diet where you’re getting enough total daily protein in a variety of different
sources to ensure that you’re getting all of the individual amino acids that you need.
They’re completely fine to use just as a way to help you hit your protein needs for
the day. Now it is true on an individual gram for gram basis that an animal based protein
powder like whey or casein will have superior amino acid profile and a higher absorptions
rate in comparison to a plant based protein. However in the context of an overall diet
where you’re consuming enough total daily protein for your goals it’s really just
not going to matter in the bigger pictures. That’s because as long as you’re getting
enough total protein per day through a variety of different sources, you’ll already be
getting enough absorbable protein and enough of the individual amino acids that you need
to optimize muscle recovery and growth. Remember that your body can only use and your body
only needs a limited amount of protein over any given period and consuming more protein
and more amino acids than your body can actually utilize that’s not going to somehow boost
your results further. If you take a look the research that is available on protein intake
for athletes and bodybuilders, and I will link some references in the description box
below. The required numbers are actually a lot lower than most people think. Like I mention
in that last video, 0.8 grams per pound of body weight daily will be enough for most
people. If vegan wants to be fully on the safe side, since plant based protein are less
absorbable then they could increase that to 0.9 grams or one gram just sort of as a cautionary
thing, but almost certainly there’s no scenario where more than one gram per pound of body
weight would be needed. I mean if there was some bizarre scenario where you could only
consume, say 50 grams of protein per day and you had to make the absolute best of that,
then in that case whey, egg or casein would be the better choice. But if we’re talking
about a normal standard bodybuilding diet where you’re getting enough, a sufficient
amount of overall daily protein then a vegan protein powder is completely fine to use for
whatever you reasons might be. You can easily find reasonably priced vegan protein powders
that will give you just as much protein per scoop as whey. I’ve actually experimented
with a few different ones lately just to see what they’re like and I found that when
I blend them up with my smoothies, with fruit, veggies, oats, nuts, butters and whatever
else they taste just as good too. So not much else to say on that. Vegan protein powders
are totally fine to use. So thank for watching guys. The official website is
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  1. I recently stopped being stupid (A Vegan) after about 10 years. I can tell you with 100% certainty that Animal based proteins are much, much more effective than plant based proteins (not to mention all the other health benefits of eating meat!). I've been working out for about 2 years and I was pathetically weak. I tracked my macros, got all the things I was supposed to be getting and I still wasn't getting stronger.

    After a lot of consideration, I started eating animal products again (Mostly eggs, ground turkey and some cheese). I immediately found I had more energy, slept better than I have in years and My lifts have increased to the extent that I feel like I'm on steroids. It's like I've got noob gains all over again, but they weren't this good the first time (when I was a vegan)! I am now convinced that You just can't get strong on a vegan diet. If you think you are strong as a vegan, try eating meat again (as part of a healthy diet) and I guarantee you will get a lot stronger. Besides the whole strength thing, there are a lot of other negative side effects to eating meat. I honestly haven't felt this good in a whole lot of years.

  2. I use Sunwarrior natural protein powder with Silk protein almond milk, banana, raw cacao powder, cinnamon, flax seed, spinach and mix it all in a blender. Super delicious, nutritious, and goes down nicely. All natural, vegan, and non gmo. Sometimes I'll put peanut butter instead of flax seed. All together I get about 35-40g of protein out of 1 smoothie along with tons of other nutrients on top it.

  3. Check out Clean Green Protein with Lentein. Lentein is a fresh water plant that is:
    Higher in Essential Amino Acids and BCAA's than any other plant known including Pea, Hemp, Rice or even Soy.
    Higher in Nutrient Density than any other plant known – more than Kale, Spinach, Spirulina, Chlorella or even Moringa.
    1 serving contains 40%DV Omega 3, 35%DV Iron, 22%Dv Calcium, 28%DV Fiber and 190% DV Vitamin A.
    With an AAS of 1.04 (whey is 1.06) it is the first plant comparable to Whey.
    Digestibility – PDCAAS of 0.93, plus we add ProHydrolase enzyme making it nearly completely bioavailable.
    Clean Machine is the first and only company in the world to have Lentein.

    Sean – Let me know if you would like to try it or review it, I would be happy to send you some.

  4. i don't have the slightest problem to digest whey but considering the cost of a high quality whey that you are sure the cows are feed with grass and not all kind of shit, i prefer to buy high quality vegetable protein who are realy cheaper

  5. So does the protein from shakes count towards total protein just as much as food proteins? I always heard from food is better. Is this true?

  6. Only reason I use brown rice protein rather than whey because I get acne outbreaks from dairy products like cheese, milk and yoghurt etc… so this stopped my acne outbreaks

  7. I get plenty of red meat and I think just eating carrots and beans and tomotoes ect. isnt very varied so plant protein helps me with my health.

  8. Only concern is the heavy metal toxicity found in most commercial plant-based protein powders. Check out to see.

  9. I’m using Planta by ambrosia the “Banana french Maple Toast” flavor and it tastes okay lmao. I simply could not digest whey protein 😞. Even with lactase I was bloated as fuck.

  10. I have seen the amino acid profile of pea protein and it is almost identical to whey protein with the exception of it being a little low in l methionine (which you can get from other foods). Due to severe stress I have become allergic to dairy (casien and whey are both problematic for me) so pea protein is my best alternative.

  11. As the protein powders are all the same, then best get the vegan ones because they are ethical, other protein powders are supporting animal cruelty and it is just for building muscle.

  12. Saun i cant beleive that u failed to warn people about the taste of vegan protein powder. Its ok aaying that vegan protein powder is just as good as whey but if you cant get it down your neck then its irrelivant

    Truth is this stuff tastes absolutely vile, ghastly, disgusting etc…… its just not drinkable

    The only way its drinkable is if u jam pack your blender full of almond milk berry or cocoa powder banana blueberrys peanut butter honey cinamin etc……. . And thats providing that you only use 15 grams of the protein powder (cos any more than that will be impossible to disguise the taste). Problem is that 15 grams powder will only get you 12 grams of protein. Is really worth using all that milk pb honey cinamin etc….. just to mask the taste for a meesly 12 grams of protein

    Bottom line is this : vegan protein powder may be as good as whey but its just not realistic to drink cos of the vile taste. Plain n simple as that

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