Choosing  the right protein powder is not an easy task when there are so many options out there. In part one of this series we discussed the different milk-based types of proteins, and now let’s switch our attention to the non-dairy protein options.

Soy Protein

Arguably the most famous and inexpensive plant-based protein. Soy protein powder offers all the essential aminoacids, and it performs comparably to whey protein. Its benefits are said to extend beyond the gym because of Soy’s organic compounds, isoflavones. These compounds could potentially reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.  On the other hand, It is because of isoflavones that the excessive consumption of soy could skew the hormonal balance of women because it can interact with their estrogen levels.

Peas Protein

An inexpensive source of protein mainly extracted from yellow peas. This naturally fat and cholesterol free protein is a great option to dairy protein, but it lacks cystine, an important aminoacid that helps promote the growth and health of connective tissue, skin, hair, and bones.

Hemp Protein

Made from hemp seeds derived from cannabis, and one hundred percent plant based. Hemp protein is completely save to consume without any side effects related to marijuana because it contains very little THC. Hemp seeds offer much more than just protein. Considered a super food with high content of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Hemp is great for people with stomach problems because it is highly digestible. Hemp has a high fat and calorie count which makes it less ideal if the goal is weight loss.

Brown Rice Protein

This one hundred percent plant-based protein has shown to hold its ground when compared to whey protein. Results of various studies have demonstrated that rice and whey protein offer comparable results. Brown rice offers further benefits like being fat, cholesterol and gluten free

Vegan Blend Protein

Although all the protein powders in this list are plant-based and therefore, vegan, you can now found in the market products that can offer you a mixture of all the proteins mentioned here and more. You can find soy and gluten free vegan protein blends of all flavors and price ranges.

It is definitely an exciting time for all of us, protein powder enthusiasts. Whether you prefer dairy or non-dairy protein powders, there are always options.

I like to have options. How about you?