Myth Busting: Protein & Veganism

Protein is vital to your health – it’s a component of every cell within your body. Whether you follow a plant-based diet or not, it’s important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to vegan protein sources. Below we take on five common misconceptions about protein and veganism.

1.A vegan diet is inherently low in protein.

FALSE. “But where do you get your protein?” is one of the most common questions vegans are asked. The truth is, research has shown that all plants contain protein. In fact, you may be surprised to learn just how much protein some 100% natural, whole foods contain! Check out our eye opening chart below:

FOOD GRAMS OF PROTEIN PER 100 GRAM SERVING*
Hemp Seeds 31.56g
Pumpkin Seeds 19g
Chickpeas 19g
Chia Seeds 16.54g
Amaranth (uncooked) 13.56g

*Source: USDA

Considering that 100 grams of cooked chicken offers 27 grams of protein and the same amount of hard boiled egg offers 13 grams of protein, hemp seeds are a shining example of plant-based protein power. The beauty of this complete protein source is its unbridled versatility. Easily sprinkle them onto salads, smoothie bowls and oatmeal, or mix into baked goods and homemade veg burger patties – the possibilities are endless.

2. You can’t build muscle when following a plant-based diet.

FALSE. High protein diets are trending, but few people are aware of how much protein they actually need to consume per day. The recommended dietary allowance is 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight, per day; however, this is the minimum suggested amount and not necessarily the specific amount you should eat every day. Your level of activity and consumption of other macronutrients will influence the amount of protein that’s right for you.

Looking to successful athletes like the NFL’s 300 pound linebacker David Carter, bodybuilder Robert Cheeke, and accomplished tennis pros Venus and Serena Williams, it is clear that building a strong, muscular and peak performance body is entirely possible through following a vegan lifestyle.

3. Vegan protein powder doesn’t taste good.

FALSE. Every protein powder – plant-based or not – has its own unique formula, taste and mouth-feel. It’s important to try a variety of proteins until you find the one that’s right for you, your needs and goals, and taste preferences. Sunwarrior’s premium raw, organic, gluten-free vegan protein powders have been praised by many for its delicious taste and smooth texture.

4. Vegan protein powder doesn’t offer “complete” protein.

FALSE. A complete protein means that it contains all nine of the essential amino acids. This is important because the human body cannot produce these essential amino acids and must rely on nutrition to get them. All three of Sunwarrior’s protein powder blends – Classic Plus, Warrior Blend and Rice – are complete protein sources. Because they are also raw and 100% real whole foods, these proteins are also naturally rich in vitamins and minerals that are more effectively absorbed by the body.

5. Vegan protein powder causes digestive discomfort.

FALSE. Remember that no two protein powders are created alike. You may try one plant-based brand that upsets your stomach and have no issues with another. If you have a finicky stomach, Sunwarrior’s proteins are ideal because they are free of common allergens and irritants like soy and dairy. They are easy to digest – even for children and seniors! Classic Plus and Rice include whole grain brown rice, a protein-packed and hypoallergenic food that won’t cause bloating or upset stomach.

What are your favourite plant-based protein sources? We’d love to hear from you! We encourage you to try Sunwarrior’s delicious, easy to digest protein powders so you can feel full of energy and satiated to take on life in the gym, at work, or anywhere you happen to be! Sunwarrior Classic Plus is on sale at 15% off from now until October 31st. If you give it a try, drop us a line on our Facebook page to let us know how you enjoyed it!

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