When it comes to being a vegan, there is often a misconception that this is an unhealthy way of life, a nutritionally void diet, and it is almost impossible to get healthy levels of protein into your eating regime. This couldn’t be further from the truth and arguable following a vegan diet is one of the best things you could do for your health if you ensure you follow a nutritionally balanced vegan food plan. When it comes to vegan proteins, there are many to choose from to fulfil your muscle building dreams – gains are not just for the meat eaters so let us see which are the best ones you should be incorporating into your diet…

Hemp protein
Hemp protein is an extremely popular choice of powder amongst avid vegan bodybuilders. One of the most nutritionally dense proteins available for vegans’ hemp is initially derived from the whole raw hemp seed. Hemp Protein boasts a comprehensive and complete amino acid profile vital for growth and repair and is also full to the brim with live enzymes, essential fatty acids (EFA), vitamins and minerals that your body needs. What’s even more impressive is that hemp seeds are rich in essential nutrients such as chlorophyll, magnesium, potassium, sulphur, phytosterols, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, calcium, fibre, histidine, iron, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, niacin and thiamine which is a distinct advantage over some of the other protein choices.

Pea protein
Pea protein isolate is available as a protein powder and it’s a vegetable based protein free of lactose and gluten usually. It is a fantastic protein source for vegans and its easily digestible sporting an impressive amino acid profile making it excellent for muscle growth and repair. Pea protein is rich in lysine and arginine, making it especially beneficial for those with active lifestyles. Pea protein also has an excellent iron content.

Soy protein
A great quality soy protein powder is not only popular amongst vegans and vegetarian but also meat eaters to due to its excellent nutritional profile. Defatted soybeans undergo a stringent process that removes the vast majority of their fat and carbohydrate content resulting in a high protein content with minimal fat and carbohydrate, whilst being completely free of lactose. Soy Protein also boasts an excellent amino acid profile. Soy is also thought to reduce the risk of a number of illnesses and even cancer.

Brown rice protein
Brown rice protein is another excellent protein choice for vegans. This type of protein is produced by various methods of fermentation. Fermentation is a filtration method and enzymatic processing method to remove the protein and fiber from whole grain brown rice. Brown rice protein is usually hypoallergenic and it is a complete protein source meaning it contains all the essential amino acids your body needs.

Being a vegan has never been so easy! With no many incredible protein choices available it means maximum muscle gain and repair is something that you can enjoy. You are not limited in any way when it comes to protein intake so choose wisely and see which one works best for you.

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