5 Types of Vegan Protein Powders

Protein powder is one of the most widely consumed supplements in the country. Here at The Epoch Man, we feel you should be getting your protein from whole foods, whether animal-based or plant-based.

Although, if you are not consuming the proper amount of protein from whole foods then take a protein supplement to cover the balance. Whey and casein are the most popular protein supplements but there has been an increase in popularity in vegan protein powders.

It’s important to stress that protein supplements aren’t just meant for bodybuilders, athletes or people looking to add mass. Consuming protein is vital for your overall health. Not only does protein assist with muscle growth, fat loss and weight management; it will assist with rebuilding tissue, skin, bones, enzymes and other body chemicals.

If you’re not getting enough from whole foods then look into protein supplements. As a rule of thumb, you should be consuming approximately 0.4 grams of protein for every pound of body weight.

Whey and casein are most common due to their availability, price and, well. . . marketing. For many people, whey and casein protein seem to work just fine. For others, you may experience discomfort due to an allergic reaction to whey or casein. After all, you are consuming a milk by-product. Your digestive system is thrown off resulting in unfavorable side effects such as headaches, gas and bloating. This is a sign from your body telling you not to ingest whey or casein. It could be a sign that you are lactose intolerant if you haven’t realized it already. If you experience the aforementioned side effects, or are just trying to reduce your animal by-product intake, then vegan protein powders are a good alternative.

types of vegan protein powders

5 Popular Vegan Protein Powders

Growing Naturals Organic Rice Protein

rice vegan protein powders

Nutrition highlights:
110 calories
Zero fat
5g carbohydrates
2g sugar
24g protein
15% daily recommended iron intake
Includes the nine essential amino acids

Rice proteins have caught a lot of criticism for having high levels of metals but Growing Naturals continues to test low in metals. They publish their tests so feel free to contact them to see the results.

Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Pro 50

Nutrition highlights:
120 calories
3.5g total fat
7g fiber
8g carbohydrates
1g sugar
15g protein
2.5g omegas (omegas 3, 6 and 9)
35% daily recommended iron intake
Includes the nine essential amino acids

It’s an “earthy” flavor but I enjoyed the taste of this hemp protein powder. Adds a good “nutty” flavor when added to smoothies or oatmeal. Another reason I like this is because it has one ingredient: hemp powder. The powder is cold-pressed to maintain its nutritional value.

Comes in vanilla and chocolate flavors. Manitoba also makes a Hemp Pro 70 which has 20g of protein, 3.4g of omegas and is made using 100% wind power.

Sprout Living Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder

pumpkin seed vegan protein powders

Nutrition highlights:

110 calories
2g total fat
3g fiber
3g carbohydrates
Zero sugar
19g protein
40% daily recommended iron intake
4% daily recommended calcium intake
Includes the nine essential amino acids

“Earthy” taste as well. It didn’t mix well with water in a shaker but it mixed well when it was put in a blender. Only one ingredient: cold-pressed pumpkin seed powder. The company states this powder has a rich source of omegas 3, 6 and 9 but haven’t declared the values yet.

Naked Pea

pea vegan protein powders

Nutrition highlights:
120 calories
0.5g total fat
2g carbohydrates
2g sugar
27g protein
10% of daily recommended calcium intake
Includes the nine essential amino acids. 5.7g of branched-chain amino acids. High levels of leucine, an amino acid that stimulates protein synthesis to build muscle, prevent muscle loss and promote weight loss.

The highest level of protein out of all of the vegan protein powders mentioned in this post. Doesn’t taste the best when only mixed with water. Like the other protein powders, mix it into smoothies and foods. This environmentally conscious company exclusively gets their yellow peas from farms in USA and Canada. Guess how many ingredients. . .not zero, not two, but one: yellow pea protein powder. Its amino acids are processed via water-extraction rather than the use of chemicals.

Bob’s Red Mill Isolated Soy Protein

soy vegan protein powders
Nutrition highlights:
80 calories
1g total fat
Zero carbohydrates
Zero sugar
17g protein
15% daily recommended iron intake

Doesn’t taste like anything but it is gritty so you’ll need a blender to ensure a good texture consistency. Made with soy protein isolate, the most pure and refined form of soy available.

vegan protein powders comparison

This online calculator will help determine how much protein (as well as other vitamins and nutrients) you should consume. You’ll be surprised to see the protein you should be consuming doesn’t equate to your body weight. If you are serious about adding size and/or strength then you should take that number and triple it.

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