Everything You Need To Know About Vegan Protein

May 27, 2020by Justine - F&F
It's time to talk vegan protein! 
You may have ended up here because you've just watched the hugely popular Netflix documentary 'The Game Changers' and are looking for a suitable vegan protein to add to your diet before you get your sweat on. Maybe you're interested in what benefits you'll experience once you start consuming protein or maybe like a lot of us, you're wondering if you'll gain unwanted weight if you add it to your diet.
The trend of protein shakes and recipes has only increased over the years, so should you be taking it? Why do we take it? Do we need to take it? What are the benefits? Vegan protein company Amazonia has kindly answered all your vegan protein related questions and debunked any myths you may have read. 
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Your Vegan Protein Related Questions Answered By Amazonia:
What is protein and how do you get protein from plants?

Protein is one of three macronutrients, alongside carbohydrates and fat. Protein is built up of building blocks called amino acids that have an extensive role in the human body. Protein from plant sources comes from foods such as legumes, chickpeas, beans, nuts, seeds, and soy products. Using a plant protein powder is a quick and easy way to get your protein from plants.
What are the benefits of adding protein to your diet if you're already a healthy person?
It can provide a quick and convenient way to hit your protein requirements. Adding it to your smoothies will not only increase the protein content but can enhance flavour. This day and age, life gets a little hectic and we are always on the hunt for convenient healthy foods. Protein powders are a perfect, convenient source of fantastic nutrition. 

If you're working out, do you need to take protein? Can you take protein if you don't exercise regularly?

Protein slightly increases your metabolism and additionally has a satiating effect; keeping you fuller for longer. It can definitely be used for someone that is not a gym-goer for a little bit extra protein, used as a convenient snack, or for taste in smoothies. If you are working out, it can be a really great addition to the diet to support recovery and again, boost satiety (satisfying those pesky cravings).

What are the ramifications of taking protein when you're not working out? Will you gain weight? 

All in all, weight gain occurs when you're consuming more energy than you are burning therefore, the excess energy will turn into excess weight. Protein supplements are not the causation of weight gain specifically. Protein powder fits really well in a healthy lifestyle, whether or not you are exercising. 
Can protein powder only be consumed in drinks? 
That is the most exciting thing about protein powders. They are so versatile. Not only can they be put into drinks or smoothies, they can be sprinkled over other foods such as yoghurt or oats, they can be used in baking such as cookies, fruit loaves, and muffins or can be had simply on the run, in a shaker, when time isn't on your side. 
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Why quality matters in plant based proteins 

There is a growing trend toward plant-based lifestyles, with many people beginning to avoid animal products such as whey proteins. There is also a growing trend towards the consumption of non-synthetic, organic foods and gut health. It is definitely worth noting that not all vegan powders created on the market are the same. Look out for organic certifications, non-synthetic formulas and proteins that have been tested for heavy metals.

Amazonia organic golden pea protein and organic brown rice protein are soaked to activate the natural sprouting process. Sprouting decreases the presence of anti-nutrients, such as phytic-acid, that may inhibit the absorption of minerals in the protein powder. Due to the sprouting process, the protein powders are a rich source of bioavailable Iron, Phosphorus and Zinc. The pea protein powder is also fermented, increasing the bioavailability of nutrients and resulting in a protein powder that is gentle on the digestive system.

What is a ‘Complete’ Protein?  

Proteins are present in every cell in our body and are made up of building blocks called amino acids. There are over twenty amino acids that help make protein in our body. When a food contains all these amino acids, it is known as a ‘Complete’ Protein. Plant based foods such as legumes, grains, vegetables and soy contain protein, but often lack one or more essential amino acids. Therefore, for those eating plant based diets, it is essential to consume some of these foods in combination, or alternatively find a ‘complete’ protein supplement.

Amazonia Raw Protein Isolate contains a complete amino acid profile to support muscle growth & maintenance of muscle mass.

Why vegan protein? 

 Many people have or are using whey protein, which is based on milk. This can be extremely difficult to absorb and for your body to use - many people are also lactose intolerant. Whey protein can also tend to be highly processed, with many ingredients and additives included that are not easily recognisable. Plant-based alternatives are easier on your body, Amazonia Raw Protein Isolate provides a convenient and delicious plant-based protein source that is gentle of the digestive system and certified organic. The addition of Digestive Enzyme bromelain, further aids protein absorption.  


Everything You Need To Know About Vegan ProteinEverything You Need To Know About Vegan Protein
Why add a vegan protein powder to your diet? 
Proteins are vital in providing structure and allowing our bodies to function by building and maintaining tissues, bones, muscles, cartilage and skin. Proteins act as chemical messengers sending important information between our cells, tissues and organs and help with the storage and transport of nutrients. They also play an essential role in boosting immunity and are a great source of sustainable energy. Those following a plant based diet may benefit from using a plant based protein powder, due to limited availability of essential amino acids in certain foods.

Adding a good, high-quality protein powder will keep you satisfied and fuller for longer. If you are currently using a whey based protein powder, making the switch is super easy and with our delicious protein we guarantee you will never look back! This is a super easy way to make sure you are still hitting your protein targets and macronutrients for the day.

Amazonia Raw Protein Isolate contains over 50% of the recommended daily intake of Iron. This is great for those following a plant-based lifestyle who may be struggling to consume adequate amounts of iron, women between the ages of 14-50, or those who don’t absorb Iron easily.

Amazonia Raw Protein Isolate comes in three flavour variations - Natural, Vanilla and Choc Coconut. Its smooth, silky texture makes it easy to mix simply with water! Add to smoothies, bowls and even protein balls! 

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