Why vegan protein you ask?
Starting off, as we know protein is an important nutrient required for building, maintaining, and repairing tissues in the body. Amino acids, or the building blocks of protein, can be synthesized by the body or ingested by food. There are 20 different kinds of amino acids in the foods we eat, but our body can only make 11 of them. Hence, the other nine are referred to as essential amino acids, which must be obtained in the diet. A variety of grains, beans/legumes, and vegetables can provide all the essential amino acids our body needs.
If our energy demands increase, there's a good chance we consume more protein as well, continuing to meet our estimated need. For some reason, our culture has this image that the more protein, the better. In actuality, high protein diets, particularly found when consuming animal sources, is incredibly taxing on the kidneys. Plus, animal protein increases your risk for colon cancer, osteoporosis, and kidney stones.
With that said, sometimes relying on a plant-based protein powder can be helpful. This may be true whether you are making a breakfast smoothie or refueling after a workout. If in a morning smoothie, protein powder can help stabilize the blood sugar and keep you satisfied. If refueling after a workout, protein can help repair and build tissues. Keep in mind you really only need to replace protein if your exercise is at a high intensity and longer than an hour in duration.
If adding plant-based protein powders is something you wish to incorporate into your diet, I strongly encourage checking out Kathy Patalsky's Vegan Protein Powder Guide for a complete review on virtually all the options out there.
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