Some people choose to avoid animal products for reasons of religion, animal protection, protein quality, digestive challenges, environmental issues, weight loss, and so on. Living a vegetarian lifestyle presents challenges of its own. Many people mistakenly believe they can simply eliminate all animal protein from their diet with no ill effects. Because virtually all vegetarian protein sources are incomplete, it’s important that you fully understand and practice proper protein combinations to make sure that all 8 essential amino acids are always present in your diet. I recommend you take a high quality, complete protein supplement.
Why is Protein Important?
Protein is NOT JUST for bodybuilders and athletes – it’s for EVERYONE!!!
The word protein means “of first importance”. Next to water, protein is the most abundant thing in your body. Protein molecules (which are made up of a number of amino acids linked together) are the “basic building blocks” for everything in your body – bones, muscles, organs, blood, arteries, hormones, tissues, antibodies, enzymes, digestive substances, skin, nails, hair, etc. Adequate daily intake of high quality, balanced, complete protein is vital to the growth, repair, and healing of any and all body parts and functions.
You cannot build health without quality protein. This would be like trying to build or repair a brick wall – without the bricks!
Soy Protein versus Whey Protein
Soy Protein Isolate is the protein isolated and extracted from the soybean, eliminating the hull material, fats and phytic acids. Potential concerns or drawbacks:
*source of soybeans (organic, GMO)
*processing methods, potency and bioavailability of the amino acids
*retention of beneficial substances
*Removal of potentially detrimental substances
Whey Protein Isolate is the protein isolated and extracted from whey, the liquid by-product of cheese production. One hundred pounds of milk yields about 10 pounds of cheese and 90 pounds of residual liquid known as whey. Potential concerns or drawbacks:
*not a complete protein source
*contains lactose (potential issue for those intolerant)
*concerns regarding milk source and quality: health of the animal – disease, feed quality (pesticides, fertilizers), use of antibiotics, drugs, and/or hormones.
It’s important to do your homework and decide for yourself.
Sadly, there are many well-meaning, but unhealthy vegetarians with issues like weight issues, lack of energy, weak or diminished growth or strength of hair, nails, bones, teeth, muscles, digestive issues, immune challenges, vitamin B12 and/or iron deficiency, and virtually any health challenge. If you choose to be a vegetarian, make sure you’re a well educated one!
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