One of the challenges associated with eating a vegan diet is making sure that you get enough protein. Although there are quite a few different types of protein-rich food that fit within the vegan lifestyle, you may also want to consider supplementing your diet with protein powder. That way, you can be sure that your body is getting all of the protein that it needs.
When it comes to where to buy vegan protein powder, there are a few different options available. The Internet is the most obvious choice. There are countless online retailers that carry protein powder that is specifically designed for vegans.
When ordering online, don’t forget to factor in shipping charges. To keep costs as low as possible, you may even want to look for stores that offer free shipping. By comparing prices between several different stores, you should be able to quickly determine which company offers the best price.
One of the primary benefits of shopping online is that it gives you a chance to read reviews left by other customers. This can make it easier to determine which protein powder provides the best results, helping to ensure that you spend your money wisely.
If you prefer, you can also shop for vegan protein powder locally at just about any health food store. You may even be able to find it at larger national grocery stores if they have a section of the store that is dedicated to health food. The primary benefit of shopping in person is that you don’t have to pay for shipping. Not only that but you also don’t have to wait for the protein powder to arrive in the mail.
Hopefully, this gives you a better idea of some of the places where you can buy vegan protein powder at an affordable price.
There are many different kinds of protein powder – the most popular types – casein and whey – are made from dairy products so are not suitable for vegans. There are other protein powders such as soy and pea protein, that are suitable for vegans and that are still good ways to get the extra protein that you need in your diet.
There are a few things that you should be aware of if you’re taking vegan protein powder, though. Firstly, the body can readily digest whey protein and takes a little longer to digest casein (which is why so many people like to take it overnight as a ‘slow release’ protein source). Just as a quick tip, if you research The Vegan Life’s cookbook recommendations you will find a lot of information about vegan protein sources.
Pea protein is considered a little less bio-available, but it’s still a good protein source, and as long as you aren’t an endurance athlete you’re unlikely to run into any difficulties using it.
Soy protein is something that a lot of bodybuilders shy away from, though, because soy is classed as an estrogenic – which means that if you ingest it in great quantity it will contribute to increased estrogen levels. This is the female sex hormone, and it’s not useful for bodybuilders and strength athletes, who want as much testosterone in their bloodstream as possible.
Small quantities of soy aren’t likely to have much impact on you, but large quantities could have an impact on competitive sporting performance.
Pea protein tends to be a more popular choice among vegan athletes that need to take in huge quantities of protein to sustain their levels of training. You can find a list of supplements here which are worth considering.
Most proteins will have synthetic flavorings in them – it’s important that vegans read the label because not all E-numbers are suitable for a vegan to take in. Make sure that the protein is suitable for vegans, not just for vegetarians!