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Plant Proteins 101

February 4, 2016

Protein powders derived from plants are gaining popularity.  One reason may be they are less likely to trigger food sensitivities.  They also may be more easily digestible.  Here are a few:

Pea protein

  • Good source of branched chain amino acids
  • High in lysine
  • One serving may provide 30% of daily iron requirement

Rice Protein

  • Effective for building muscle and strength
  • Promoting recovery after resistance exercise
  • Contains different amino acids
  • Equally enhance results of resistance exercise

Hemp protein

  •  Available in seeds, powder, oil, milk, butter, and powders
  • Rich in fiber, B vitamins, and healthy fats, including omega-3s
  • Has nutty taste
  • Works well in salad dressings, dips, soups, or sprinkled on veggies

Soy protein

  • Heart healthy food
  • Soy in the US is genetically modified
  • Often processed with a variety of chemicals
  • Choose non-GMO, organic soy protein powders
  • Phytoestrogens in soy can disrupt estrogen and thyroid hormones

Other sources

  • Sprouted seeds and grains
  •  Cranberries
  • Algae
  • Spirulina


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