Vegan Protein is for more than just Vegans and Vegetarians
Have you ever heard the ridiculous myth that vegans are weak and scrawny because they don’t get enough protein? This protein myth is one that has long annoyed vegans. Out of the blue, many carnivorous meat eaters suddenly become nutritional experts when faced with a plant-based eater, and the number one question often asked is: so ‘where’ do you get your protein?
Without turning this into an academic research paper, lets just talk about the yummy goodness in Propello Life’s Vegan Protein. I gotta tell ya, I’ve tasted about everything that is out there, and yes, there are some undeniably good products, but Propello Life’s Vegan Protein is at the pinnacle of the mountain for me. Honestly, if you have not tried it, it defines artesian badassedness for the body. Seriously, the ~Dirty Chocolate~ blend is as friggin’ incredible as a chocolate chip cookie, except remarkably healthier! The idea that protein only comes from animal-sources is way off and false, yet the notion that vegans are weaklings is one many omnivores don’t seem able to shake off. Especially when you consider that some of the world’s most muscular and powerful animals are vegan, such as the silverback gorilla or horse, and actually, a growing number of plant-powered athletes are smashing that myth – so, how do they get their protein, and why is this lifestyle decision a major issue anymore when the research is there?
For example, pea protein has been shown to exert numerous healthful effects such as in 2016, scientists showed that meals high in pea protein favorably affected appetite regulation more so than meals high in animal protein, and with similar energy and protein content. The legume protein-rich meals resulted in reduced appetite scores, hunger, prospective consumption, and a greater sensation of postprandial (after-meal) fullness. Interestingly enough, while pea protein has BCAA values comparable to those in the ‘gold standard’ protein supplements whey, egg, and casein, it provides significantly higher amounts of arginine, which is essential for nitric oxide synthesis.
All in all, protein is often referred to as ‘the building block of life’. This macronutrient breaks down into amino acids, promoting cell repair and growth. Proteins take longer to digest than carbohydrates, which mean they can fill you up for longer. While many animal sources (meat, eggs and dairy) contain protein, these sources also tend to be high in saturated fat and cholesterol. However, there are many plant-based sources of protein, all of which are easy to incorporate into your diet as well.
So if you're an athlete who's a vegan, vegetarian or just someone who eats a mostly plant-based diet, like I do, believe me, you hear this outlook all the time. In that, people have this idea that they need to eat bucket-loads of protein to build muscle, and they think protein must come from animal sources. And sure, muscle-bound bodybuilder types are called ‘meatheads’ for a reason, but a plant-based diet high in fruits and vegetables and low-to-nil on meat can give you more than enough nutrition to make and maintain serious muscle.
Want proof? Consider that the only Olympic weightlifter that represented the U.S. at the Rio Olympics is vegan. To add, Nike Elite Performance Coach Robert Dos Romedios and David Carter, a 300-pound behemoth who used to play defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals (he followed a plant-based diet when he was on those teams' rosters), all-world tennis pros Venus and Serena Williams to name a few, but the list really goes on and on. In the end, out of all the misconceptions surrounding plant-based diets, the notion that vegans are skinny and couldn’t possibly build any muscle because of their “lack of protein” is amongst the most ridiculous, conjointed ones. Especially those who are already into fitness fear giving up animal products because it could mean losing their gains. Look, at the end of the day, you could build muscle on any diet that offers you enough calories, paired with a great exercise routine. Just make sure you choose wisely and go with Propello Life’s amazing artesian Vegan Protein. Trust me, you can’t go wrong.
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