To Be or Not To Be Whey
I go back and forth. I want to be fully vegan, I am most of the time fully vegan. And then I start to lift, and I worry that I am not getting enough. Also there is the glutathione boost. So what use is right for me? Keep in mind that when I use or recommend a whey protein shake, it’s A2, organic and free of toxins, from happy pastured cows. But that doesn’t change the fact that a lot of those people I know still can’t use whey protein because of the way their body responds to it.
So I am looking at several protein shakes. For my mom I have given her the complete protein because she needs to lower her cholesterol and research shows that soy protein can support this goal with a 5% reduction in the college students in the study. She doesn’t have the food allergies like I do, and she is post-menopausal and I so I figure it’s worth a try. I also read that it could help alleviate some of her osteoarthritis symptoms, which have been classified as severe for her. Anything that may help her feel a little bit better, I am all for trying.
Now the shake also has pea protein in it, which I know people cringe at because they don’t get pea protein. I love my pea protein. And a good non-gmo pea protein has a very mild, slightly sweet taste. It’s one of the better tasting vegan proteins out there. Pea protein is the concentrated natural protein fraction of the yellow pea. The process used for concentrating pea protein is water based, which is a lot different from most other protein powders out there. If you are looking for natural, this one fits the bill.
Rice protein is processed via an enzyme based protocol, and so unlike your average soy or whey protein, it is also very natural. Low temperature and chemical free processing prevents the denaturing (you have heard me talk about the cold processed undenatured whey protein before) of the amino acids. It is a very hypoallergenic protein, and I rarely see anyone that reacts to it… however the paleo community has been back and forth on rice. Currently as I am writing this white rice has been allowed to rejoin the foods on your plate. Especially since it only takes four hours to digest, and then it ferments and feed the good bacteria in your colon.
So what about soy?
The only soy protein shake that I refer friends to is the complete shake that has the rice, pea and the low processed, water-washed non-gmo soy and tofu protein blend. Of course I always recommend for those that use tofu to get non-gmo soy tofu or the new hemp tofu out on the market. The one shake I recommend that has this soy blend in it also is blended in with fruit and veggie powders, and complex carbohydrates. There is a lot to be considered when choosing what is right for you, and so I wanted to share this pdf explanation from my ingredient mentor. 🙂 I love that my passions have led me to someone to teach me even more in life.