Although whey protein remains the de-facto choice for most, non-dairy proteins are gaining popularity. Non dairy protein means any protein not derived from a dairy source. It is often the choice for those looking to avoid dairy based proteins such as milk and whey. Non dairy proteins provide the same benefits and hold an almost identical amino profile to that of both milk and egg protein sources. Here at TPW, we are often asked what the choices are when it comes to non dairy protein. So here’s the low-down on all the best non dairy protein choices:
SOY – THE MOST POPULAR NON DAIRY PROTEIN
Soy Protein is a complete vegetable, non-dairy protein source. Soy Protein is the vegetable protein that most closely resembles the amino profile of dairy based proteins. Soy Protein is therefore often considered the most effective non-dairy protein alternative to whey and is widely used by vegetarian or vegan athletes. It contains a high amount of the 9 essential amino acids. For this reason, it’s actually preferred over whey protein by some whether they’re vegan, vegetarian or not.
PEA – THE VEGAN NON DAIRY PROTEIN
Pea protein is a 100% natural vegetable, non dairy protein source. Pea protein is the concentrated natural protein fractions of golden peas. Pea protein maintains an excellent branched chain amino acid profile, close to that of both milk and egg protein sources. This is why many vegan athletes use pea protein since experts believe this is the best animal-free non dairy protein powder available today. Anyone on the lookout for high quality pea protein should take a look at TPWTM Pea Protein 80.
BROWN RICE – THE WHOLE GRAIN NON DAIRY PROTEIN
Brown rice protein is derived by isolating the proteins from brown whole grain rice. Brown rice protein is mainly used by athletes who require a quality protein supplement but who don’t want to use a dairy or soy protein source. Most people supplement their diet with this type of non dairy protein for specific dietary reasons. Yet, some athletes actually prefer this type of protein because of the additional nutrients found within it. For example, high levels of certain B vitamins, a good amino acid profile and high fibre content. This is particularly true of TPWTM’s Brown Rice Protein 80 which is considered the finest available on the market today.
HEMP – NATURE’S OWN NON DAIRY PROTEIN
Hemp protein is perhaps best known for being a great hypoallergenic, non dairy protein source. It’s an ideal protein for those who suffer from food allergies such as lactose intolerance. In recent years, even those athletes free of dietary restrictions have started including hemp protein in their diets. This is because hemp protein is extremely nutrient dense and contains high levels of zinc, magnesium, iron, potassium and essential fatty acids. It effectively acts as nature’s All-in-One and we harnessed this when developing our very own Vegan Protein