Today at our site for natural protein resources, our team wants to talk a little about what we think are the best natural sources of this vital nutrient – particularly in powder forms. And, we’ll discuss what’s suitable for vegans as well.
Health food stores don’t always steer customers towards the best products. Sometimes their goal is to sell something that has not been moving rapidly off of shelves or to talk-up expensive products. Trends and hype can tend to influence their attitudes as well. There are also a lot of health food store clerks who are knowledgeable and ethical and will do their best to steer you correctly, but head into the shop armed with knowledge about what the best “real” or organic powders should contain. Shop online if you don’t want to get side-tracked.
A Top Consideration For Natural Protein
The number one question to ponder is whether or not to use whey for your natural protein. This is a vegetarian source of protein but not suitable for people with dairy allergies/intolerances or for vegans. The next question to ask is what your aim is: to obtain all-round nutrition or just build muscle. This influences the contents you are looking for: vitamin and mineral supplements, percentage of whey or other sources, and calorie content. Experiment with various forms: rice, pea, hemp, soy, casein, whey (which we’ve already mentioned), and others. Some flavors will put you off, in which case their relative value isn’t much use because you will want to cover those flavors with sugar and your health drink will resemble a low-nutrition shake.
Now Certified Organic Whey Protein
This powder is highly rated by customers and not too badly priced at around $35 for a 453-gram (1-lb) container. The whey found in this product is all-natural and processed so as not to denaturize the contents: that way the branched chain amino acids remain intact for maximum uptake and ease of digestion. It mixes quickly in a glass of milk or a fruit smoothie, contains 100 calories per 24-gram scoop, and each scoop gives you 38% of your daily requirements plus numerous essential and non-essential amino acids, potassium, and a small amount of carbohydrates.
Budget Option: MRM All Natural Gainer
MRM’s natural protein powder comes in chocolate or French vanilla flavors so it contains more than protein but is suitably low-priced at $35 or so for 1.4 kg (about 3 lbs). The main ingredients are whey protein concentrate, calcium caseinate, and egg white. There are sweeteners including Stevia, natural chocolate flavoring, and omega-3 oil from algae. A three-scoop smoothie provides 75% of your daily requirements, 24% of your carbs, 11% of the potassium you need, and 21% of your necessary calcium intake. Trainers recommend this as an after-workout drink.
The Vegan Choice
Sprout Living EPIC Plant-based Original Natural Protein contains brown rice, pea, sacha Inchi, and cranberry seed sources. That’s certainly a mouthful but what does it mean? The ingredients are dairy, gluten, nut, and soy-free. Each serving contains 120 calories and 26 grams of protein. Inchi is an Inca nut processed to release enormous protein potential. A one-pound bag actually costs just $30 online so, although it’s exotic, creamy, and unflavored (unsullied by sugar or Sucralose, for instance), this isn’t a bad option for someone on a budget. The EPIC brand comes in chocolate and vanilla as well and there is a version called “Green Kingdom” containing kale and other greens.
So, as you can see, there are quite a number of different sources out there for all budgets, but even more importantly, for all tastes and preferences when choosing a natural protein.