When it comes to the different types of protein, there are plenty of options to choose from, and we understand that it may be a little bit overwhelming. From whey protein to hemp and brown rice protein, you can opt for vegan sources or animal protein sources to cover your daily protein intake.
Whether you are just starting out on your nutrition or fitness journey, or even if you are a pro when it comes to all things fitness, it never hurts to be a little bit more informed about what macronutrients you are putting into your body.
Maybe your current favorite protein source just is not working for you, or maybe you have yet to find a favorite. Making sure that you have enough protein in your diet can help stabilize your energy, mood, and even cognitive function. Because protein breaks down into amino acids, which are the basic building blocks for our bodies, protein intake and protein synthesis are essential in order for you to continue to be healthy and strong, and eating a variety of protein sources can help ensure that you are getting everything you need.
Whatever the case may be, we have compiled this list of the 6 best types of protein to look for to make your health and wellness journey a little bit easier.
1. Pea Protein
Pea protein is one of the best types of protein because it is suitable for anyone with sensitivity to animal products like eggs and milk. Pea protein comes from yellow split peas, a legume with plenty of fiber. Even better, pea protein boosts all but one of the essential amino acids, and it is rich in branched chain amino acids (BCAAs).
The Orgain Organic Protein™ Plant Based Protein Powder is made with… you guessed it, pea protein, and it offers you 21 grams of protein per serving. This protein powder also has a complete amino acid profile thanks to the other non-GMO ingredients which include brown rice protein and chia seed. This means that we formulated this product with your nutrition in mind and added in some extra goodness so that you can get all of your amino acids from one place.
2. Whey Protein
Whey protein is easily one of the best forms of protein because it is easily digested and contains all of the essential amino acids. That said, whey protein comes from milk, which means it may not be ideal for anyone with dairy product sensitivities.
Even still, though, this is a complete protein source, making it great for anyone who is in dire need of more protein that whole foods alone can’t seem to offer. The Orgain Grass Fed Whey Protein Powder is a great choice if you decide that whey protein is best for you. You can choose from chocolate or vanilla, and it has 21 grams of clean, grass-fed protein per serving.
3. Brown Rice Protein
Similar to pea protein, this type of protein is great for people with lactose intolerance or other sensitivities to dairy or animal products in general. Rice protein contains all of the essential amino acids, which is why it is such a key ingredient in our plant-based protein. That said, though, it contains less lysine than other protein sources, meaning it is not technically a complete protein. Thus, if you choose to use brown rice protein, you should do so in conjunction with another protein source.
4. Casein Protein
Similar to whey protein, casein is a protein found in milk, and it is digested and absorbed slowly. Because of this slow digestion, casein causes a steadier exposure of amino acids to your muscles, which in turn reduces the rate of muscle protein breakdown (i.e. it's good for building muscle mass). That being said, though, casein protein may generally be less effective when compared to whey, and it is not ideal for people with dairy sensitivities.
5. Hemp Protein
Hemp is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are largely beneficial for a variety of reasons. It also contains several amino acids and is well-digested. Because only several of the essential amino acids are in hemp protein, though, you should use this protein source in combination with others.
6. Combined Plant Proteins
One of the best types of protein for your body is actually a combination of different plant proteins that may be incomplete proteins on their own. Combining plant proteins in this way ensures that your body is getting all of the essential amino acids, and these combinations have a high fiber content which can also be beneficial.
Many Orgain products have been formulated following this logic, and the Kids Organic Plant Protein Nutritional Shake is a great way to make sure your children get everything they need without leaving gaps when it comes to amino acids. Kids can be picky eaters, and lactose intolerance is another common problem that may result in a limited amount of protein in your child’s diet.
Orgain’s kids’ protein shake contains pea protein and chia seeds as the main sources of protein, but it also includes a vitamin and mineral blend as well as an organic fruit and vegetable blend so that it works as more than a protein supplement and can actually help to fill some of the nutritional gaps in your child’s diet.
There are plenty of different types of protein and protein sources, some of which stem from animal products, and some of which are plant-based.
Regardless of your level of expertise when it comes to fitness and nutrition, you can always benefit from a little more information so that you fully understand what you are putting into your body, and what your body may still need. Certain kinds of protein, like whey or casein, are not suitable for those with dairy sensitivities, because these are milk proteins. The Orgain Organic Plant-Based Protein Powder has everything you need to help get your daily protein thanks to sources like pea protein and chia seeds.
Choosing a protein source can be a tough task, especially if you have dietary restrictions or do not seem to be getting the results you desire from your current diet.
Plant-based protein sources are the most versatile because they can be taken advantage of by those with lactose intolerance or those with other dairy sensitivities. Protein sources like whey and casein are not ideal for those with sensitivities to dairy, but they are still great sources of protein if you do not have any aversions to them.
When it comes to plant-based protein sources, it is important for you to incorporate these proteins in conjunction with each other so that you are still getting all of the essential amino acids.
Luckily, the Orgain Organic Plant-Based Protein Powder takes care of this for you by making use of several plant-based protein sources in order to create a healthful, effective protein powder with a complete amino acid profile.
If you are ready to kickstart your fitness or nutrition journey, or are looking for a way to step up your game, we have you covered!