The growing movement of veganism is striking the right chord in society. For some, it is a conscious lifestyle change keeping the best interest of animals in mind, while others may think it to be just another fad from globalisation. But, what holds true is that even for fitness freaks far and wide, veganism has proved to cause no hindrance in overall health. Gym rats are replacing whey protein with plant-based protein powders without a care in the world. If you are planning to switch too, but are concerned about protein equivalence, we can promise to be of some help. Kunal Rajput, celebrity Nike coach and founder of The Movement, a gym in Mumbai, throws some light on the primary concerns regarding vegan protein powders.
Kunal shares, “I have grown to like vegan protein powders majorly as they are derived from a natural source and are packed with high amounts of micronutrients, which are naturally available in the plants they are sourced from. They are light on my system and don’t make me feel bloated while providing the same if not more macro and micronutrients. It is just a pleasant feeling to know that your supplement is from an all-natural source with the goodness of the greens in it.”
People who are into weight training end up assuming that vegan protein powder may not be enough for optimum muscle synthesis. But, to address the concern, Kunal explains, “Technically, no vegan protein alone contains all the essential amino acid profile. Whey on the other hand contains the essential amino acids. Now, this may affect muscle synthesis if you’re having your vegan protein powder from a single plant source. But, most of the vegan protein powders that you see are blended with different plant sources such as pea protein, soy protein, rice protein, hemp protein, to name a few. These together provide identical nutrition to what whey does and so it’s as efficient as whey protein when it comes to muscle synthesis and recovery.”
Lastly, though it’s similar in terms of the protein content, whey protein has an upper hand in terms of protein content per scoop. One scoop of plant-based protein powder has around 20 to 25 grams of protein. Whereas, one scoop of whey gives you around 25 to 30 grams of protein, adds Kunal. This is anything but a concern and should in no way stop you from going au naturale as number of scoops can be adjusted to meet your daily protein requirement.