Plant-based protein powder has been around for decades but starting to increase in popularity. There are many plant-based protein powder blends on the market, but what product should you choose? This article list 7 qualities to look for to help you select the right plant-based protein powder to suit your lifestyle and dietary goals.
Complete plant-based protein powders are selectively chosen blends of bioavailable plant proteins to make sure you are getting all the essential amino acids. Opt for combinations with multiple plant sources such as chia, hemp, pea, pumpkin, and sunflower, with 20 grams of protein per serving.
It’s important to make sure your plant-protein powder is organic to prevent harmful chemicals and pesticides getting in the way of your health. In addition to looking out for organic ingredients, research respectable and ethical manufacturers that take pride in running certified B corporations. These companies are regulated under certified Zero Waste Facilities powered by 100% renewable energy that benefits the environment.
Check to see if the ingredients are “sustainably sourced,” harvested under environmentally-friendly conditions. If you’re unsure, directly contact the company and ask. Most places are more than happy to talk about where their ingredients are sourced.
Companies may add a large amount of sugar, artificial coloring, and/or artificial flavoring and fillers to compensate for the unpalatable taste of some plant-based protein powder blends. Always check labels for suspicious ingredients.
Not all plant-based protein powders are created equal. Pea protein is packed with calcium, iron, vitamin E, and zinc while pumpkin consists of a complete protein and rich in potassium and magnesium.
There are plant-based protein powders that taste great on its own or with other ingredients in smoothies and snack bars. Mixes sweetened with inulin or monkfruit make great alternatives for those who are not a fan of the aftertaste from stevia.