I think about this a lot because it’s one of the top questions I get asked—and to be honest for the longest time I had no idea the answer. Now that I am fully committed to the Chocolate Plant Protein (I love that stuff, probably too much) I like to answer this question because knowing the answer can help you make the best protein decision for you, your lifestyle, and your goals. So, the question is what exactly is the difference between whey protein and plant protein?

First, let’s make sure we know what protein is and why it’s essential. Protein is a macronutrient that is found to be crucial for building muscle mass. If you want to get really into it, protein is chemically composed of amino acids and these amino acids build protein, which then turns around and builds up muscle. Our bodies don’t naturally produce protein—making it essential that we get it from our diet. Phew, I’m glad we’ve got scientific stuff out of the way!

So what is plant-based protein?
It all comes down to where the protein is coming from and if you haven’t already guessed from the name, plant protein comes from plants! There are various plants that provide the essential proteins necessary—but people are still skeptical as many in the world of nutrition have said that plants don’t give you the complete amino acids necessary. The solution here is to combine your plant-based protein sources so that you can mix and match to get all the amino acids necessary. This may seem very time consuming and require more thought than you want to put in. What makes Moringa formulated protein stand out, is it far exceeds the minimum requirements of all nine essential amino acids making it a complete protein! So no mixing and matching here. But if you aren’t intimidated by combining to get complete protein, try combining brown rice and peas protein. Together, this combination is great for muscle growth and recovery and will provide all the amino acids you need. Not only that, but it’s much easier for your body to digest and most brands add little or no artificial sweeteners.

 

So what is whey-based protein?
Whey is considered a by-product of cheese and curd manufacturing—making it an animal produced protein. Whey protein is different in that there’s no work necessary to get all amino acids—they are all there with whey. Not only that, but it’s cheap to make, cheap to buy, and is sold everywhere. Grocery stores, even gas stations—you name it, it is most likely sold there making it easy to get your hands on. Whey protein is also scientifically proven to help grow muscle mass and is absorbed quickly in the body, making it a quick and easy way to obtain protein after a workout. It’s great in assisting muscle in growth and recovery but can be difficult to digest and chances are, it’s packed with artificial sweeteners to give it that sweet taste.

 

So what is the best choice for you?
What I love about Zija is we encourage you do to your research! Take this info and do some of your own investigating to figure out what protein type is best for you. What is have to say is this: if you are looking to be a body builder, or part of any type of muscle-based fitness sport, whey is definitely the way to go. If you are on a budget, or don’t want to have to look that hard for protein, whey is also the better choice. It’s easy access and the many different options make it the easiest route. A great product that you know isn’t full of sweeteners and will be gentle on your stomach is the moringa XMprotein. Plant-based is great if you casually drink protein after the gym, or are wanting a protein that will compliment a plant-based diet. We absolutely love the Moringa-based Plant Protein, as well as the Plant Pro Bar! Both are great options for busy schedules and those who are on-the-go!