Protein is an important component of every cell in the body. It is required for a range of different functions throughout the body, for eg. Building and repairing muscle mass, supporting healthy hormone production to immune support, blood glucose management, healthy hair, skin and nails.
The body cannot store large amounts of protein so we need to make sure we are getting a regular intake of good quality protein sources from meals and snacks every day! So, what different types are there and what should I be taking? We cut to the chase and give you everything you need to know about different types of protein. Plus, our fave suggestions for you to try!
Whey is a complete protein derived from milk and contains all nine essential amino acids necessary for protein synthesis and needed by your body.
Whey Concentrate contains up to 80% pure protein and also contains some natural lactose and good fats due to it being less processed then Whey Isolate. This means you get calcium, good fat and fat-soluble vitamins from a concentrate too (we love those added benefits!). A Whey Concentrate has a slower release and absorption rate of up to about 2-4 hours, making you feel fuller for longer. Perfect for breakfast!
Whey Protein Isolate has been through an extra step of filtration at the processing stage, thus giving it a higher protein content of around 90-95% protein. This filtration reduces the fat, carbohydrate and lactose content of the whey, making it a better option for those sensitive to lactose. It is the fastest acting protein, absorbing into the body in around 30min. Great for post-workout!
Hemp Protein, made from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa L. plant, is one of the richest sources of complete bioavailable plant protein (great for those with allergies!) and is a great source of fibre, iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium, Vitamin E, Vitamin B and Zinc. Hemp is also easy to digest increasing how effective the protein is used by the body! It is slowly absorbed into the body over serval hours so perfect to also consume between meals or before bedtime to provide the body with a steady supply of protein.
Pea Protein powder is made by isolating the protein from ground yellow peas, a perfect non-diary source of protein for vegans or vegetarians. It contains most of the essential amino acids we need although it does not contain high amounts of a few key amino acids so it is generally recommended to not be used as a primary source of protein on its own. You will often see pea protein combined with another vegan protein powder source like brown rice to provide the highest quality vegan protein. Pea Protein does, however, score very high on the protein digestibility at around 85%.