In my opinion, the whole plant protein vs whey protein debate is fake news.
To me, the topic isn’t even worth debating.
It’s a waste of time because whey protein has no real, meaningful advantage over plant-based proteins in terms of gains and your body’s function.
If anything, whey protein can harm you more in certain ways.
If whey does have any advantage over plant-based protein, there is only one.
I’ll get into it at the end.
But what I want to do in this article, is lay out 10 reasons why everyone should be using a plant-based protein.
If you’re currently using a whey protein, I encourage you to evaluate these advantages the next time you need to buy a new tub of protein.
1. Whey Protein Causes Gas
65% of people are lactose intolerant. Lactose is the sugar that is found in milk.
Being lactose intolerant means that your body cannot fully breakdown that sugar lactose molecule.
This results in digestive problems, most notably gas, also known as “protein farts.”
Even if you use a whey isolate protein, this will still have some lactose in it and will still cause gas, bloating, and inflammation.
If you’re hoping to optimize your health and slim down, having a bloated, gassy digestive tract is not a good look.
Plant proteins, on the other hand, actually improve your digestion.
2. Plant Proteins Are Packed with Fiber
Plant proteins are great for your digestion because they are packed with fiber. In fact, fiber is only found in plants and plant proteins.
Specifically, plants have insoluble fiber.
This type of fiber doesn’t actually get digested. It moves through our digestive system and comes out the other end pretty much in its same form.
But along the way, it keeps our digestion moving and keeps our guts healthy.
3. Not a Waste Product
Did you know that whey protein is an industrial waste product? In order to make cheese, the whey has to be removed. In fact, making one pound of cheese creates 8 pounds of whey.
Before whey protein was a thing, they used to just feed it to cows or spread it on their fields. In fact, some small cheese farmers still do this.
Plant protein on the other hand, is made up of ground up plants. Pea protein, for example, is made by grinding up peas and then concentrating it by removing the starch and some of the fiber.
Personally, I like the idea that I’m not just eating garbage from some big cheese manufacturer.
4. No Growth Hormones or Antibiotics
With the expansion of industrial farming and livestock, many animals are either fed or injected with a cocktail of hormones and antibiotics.
These additives and chemicals are processed by the animals’ bodies, stored in their tissues, and secreted into the milk.
These antibiotics and steroid hormones have been shown to be linked with cancer and tumors in humans.
This right here is one of the reasons why I chose to go Vegan. I do not want any of these hormones in my body, messing with my cells.
With plants and plant-based proteins, you don’t have to worry about this shit.
If you’re worried about pesticides on the plants used to make your protein, just get organic plant-based protein.
This is precisely why Planta™, my protein, uses Organic Peas and Organic Brown Rice.
I don’t want any of that shit in my body and you shouldn’t either.
5. Less Additives
The protein industry has a long and well-documented history of adding all kinds of shit to their products to make more money.
Protein spiking is just one of these techniques.
On top of that, protein makers almost never get their protein tested to see if it is contaminated with anything.
But for the most part, plant proteins have less toxic chemicals in them than whey proteins, especially the brands that get their products tested.
Again, I keep bringing up Planta™, but this is why I’m so passionate about this product.
I know how this industry works. I’ve seen its flaws. I created Planta™ to fix them and that’s why we get every batch of it tested by the BSCG.
6. Vitamins and Minerals
Another huge benefit to using plant-based protein is that they contain many naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals.
Plants also include lots of antioxidants that help fight inflammation, contribute to cellular health, and can also benefit your longevity.
It’s true that some of these vitamins and antioxidants are destroyed during processing.
But there are plenty of plant-based proteins (Planta™ included) that offer a blend of vitamins and minerals in each scoop.
7. Healthy Fats and Less Sodium
Most people probably don’t check the sodium content of their protein powders.
But there are plenty of whey proteins that are high in sodium and also in cholesterol.
Of course, our bodies need a certain amount of sodium and cholesterol.
But in my experience, I’ve found that plant proteins deliver a better balance and healthy saturated fats that our bodies need.
8. Supports Ethical Treatment for Animals
I’m a big animal lover. Animals are creatures that deserve respect and fair, ethical treatment.
I’ve seen how these big livestock companies treat their animals and it makes me sick.
While I went Vegan for health reasons, I very much like the fact that my lifestyle does not harm any animals.
I don’t want a single dollar of my money going to line the pockets of people that would harm animals just to make a dollar.
Plant-based protein gives me peace of mind and lets me focus my mind and thoughts elsewhere instead of trying to justify my purchase of something that hurts other creatures.
9. Better for the Environment
Our species is inching closer and closer to doing long-term, and possibly irreparable, damage to our planet.
Industrial livestock is a major contributor to that damage.
By investing in plant-based protein, I truly believe that you are supporting industries that are not harming our planet.
10. The Taste Issue
Now, I mentioned above that whey protein may have one advantage over plant-based proteins--and that’s with taste.
But that’s also bullshit because Planta™ exists.
It’s the best-tasting plant-based protein in the world and I’ve designed it specifically to compete with whey proteins in terms of taste.
If the taste of your protein is what’s keeping you from going plant-based, I encourage you to try Planta™. At least grab some samples and give it a shot.
There’s no gritty feel and no aftertaste. There’s just none of that “weird” taste that you’ve probably had with plant proteins in the past.
The benefits of plant protein are too immense to just dismiss it because you tried a couple plant proteins and didn’t like the taste.
Plant proteins are incredible for your body and they’re great for cows and the environment.
And, now that Planta™ is here and has completely changed the game on plant proteins, it’s probably time for you to revisit it.
I encourage you to put Planta™ to the test. Let me know what you think about it.