Vegan Protein Powder | What to Look For and What to Avoid

When it comes to vegan protein powder, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. In other words, just because it’s vegan doesn’t always mean it’s healthy.

Still, there are ways to choose a protein powder to ensure it isn’t full of nasties. Here, we’re going over what to look for and what to avoid when choosing a vegan protein powder. Let’s begin.

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Benefits of Vegan Protein Powder

So, you might be wondering, what are the benefits of vegan protein powder in the first place? While everyone’s reasons will be different, some of the most common reasons include:

  • Improved digestion
  • Phytonutrient intake
  • Dietary requirements

Let’s explore these benefits in a bit more depth.

Improved Digestion

Firstly, one of the main reasons people choose vegan protein powder over whey protein powder is for improved digestion. Many people are sensitive to dairy products and since whey is a dairy product, it can be difficult to digest.

Additionally, since many plant protein sources have more fibre than their dairy counterparts, digestion of these plant-based ingredients tends to improve, even if you don’t find yourself with a dairy intolerance.

Phytonutrient Intake

At APOC, we’re passionate about the incredible power of phytonutrients. Phytonutrient simply translates to “plant nutrient” and although plant nutrients tend to be more difficult for your body to metabolise, there are other ingredients that work in tandem with them to ensure your body makes the most of them.

While we won’t get into the science behind it here, let’s just say that phytonutrients can help your body achieve optimal health in a way that animal-based nutrients simply can’t.

Dietary Requirements

Last but not least, of course, another benefit of vegan protein powder is that it can support those with certain dietary requirements. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, lactose intolerant or your whey protein powder has an ingredient you’re allergic to, vegan protein powder is incredibly beneficial.

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What to Look for in Vegan Protein Powder

The main factors to look for when choosing the best vegan protein powder include:

  • Ingredient quality
  • Third-party testing
  • Manufacturing standards

Let’s go through each of these factors in more detail.

Ingredient Quality

Perhaps most importantly, vetting the quality of the ingredients in your protein powder is the most important consideration to make. After all, many brands take shortcuts to try to make their protein powder as low-cost as possible. And while you may get a cheaper product, the quality of the ingredients often suffers.

So, by ensuring that the ingredients in your vegan protein powder are of the highest quality, you can make sure that you’re fueling your body with the absolute best.

Third-Party Testing

Third-party testing ensures that the claims made by the brand are verified by an organisation that has no vested interest in the business. So, this means their verification can be trusted as objective. 

For example, APOC meal replacement shakes are approved by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) which acts as a third party for our brand. Depending on where you live, be sure that the protein powder you’re interested in has been third-party tested.

Manufacturing Quality Standards

Finally, the quality standards of the manufacturing facilities where your vegan protein powder is made are also an important consideration. In many cases, off-shore manufacturing is difficult to maintain certain quality standards and local manufacturing tends to be preferred.

So, for example, if you live in Australia and your protein powder is Australian-made, you can easily research the manufacturing facility used and ensure their standards are up to par.

What to Avoid in Vegan Protein Powder

While there are things to look for in vegan protein powders, there are also things to avoid including:

  • Fillers
  • Preservatives
  • Artificial flavours and sweeteners

Some fillers include ingredients such as coconut flour, psyllium and sugar, which can cause stomach issues such as bloating, constipation and reflux in people who are susceptible to digestive problems.

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Preservatives such as sodium benzoate can also cause issues and have even been linked to ADHD

Additionally, common artificial sweeteners you might find in protein powder include Sucralose (Splenda, E955), Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal, E951), and Saccharin (E954) which may also cause negative reactions.

How to Choose Vegan Protein Powder

So, with all of the information in mind, it’s time to choose the best vegan protein powder for you.

  • For Taste and Flavour: Opt for natural sweeteners and a flavour you love, making you more likely to actually consume your protein powder regularly for the best results.
  • For Natural Bodybuilders: Choose natural ingredients with a high protein content to help you build muscle efficiently.
  • For Meal Replacement: Go for something like like APOC Vegan Meal Replacement Shakes that have enough phytonutrients to truly replace a meal.
  • For Weight Loss: Opt for ingredients with high protein and high fibre content to help you build muscle and burn fat at the same time.
  • For Weight Gain: If you’re looking to gain weight at the gym or you’re dealing with an illness that makes it difficult to gain weight, choose a protein powder that’s higher in calories while also remaining nutrient-dense.

Check out our APOC meal replacement shakes, available both in dairy and vegan varieties today!

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