Protein is a key part of healthy lifestyle. It helps to increase energy, reduce hunger and cravings, strengthen immune function, build muscle, and much more. But if you’ve been around natural health for any amount of time, this need for dietary protein likely isn’t a big surprise to you.
Instead, the main question for many has shifted away from “why?” and towards “which one is best for me?”
Store shelves are stocked full of proteins from all difference sources. There’s whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate, milk protein isolate, casein, brown rice, yellow pea, hemp, quinoa, beef, cricket (yes, beef and cricket!) and many more.
All these options can make the most advanced consumer’s head spin. To simplify things from the list above, we can identify three main categories:
1. Dairy-based: whey protein, milk protein, casein
2. Plant-based: brown rice, yellow pea, hemp, quinoa
3. Animal & Insect-based: beef, cricket
Rather than dive into each of these protein categories, let’s focus on the one that is growing fastest: PLANT PROTEIN.
The Rocketing Popularity of Plant-Based Protein
Dairy proteins were once all the rave. And while they’re still quite popular, plant sources have been soaring over the last few years. This is mainly because vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters alike all appreciate the value of adding more plants to their diet.
Plus, and perhaps more importantly, the science of taste and texture has improved enough for us to enjoy the experience.
But Beware the Bloat!
Consuming plant-based proteins is definitely a great choice for your health, but there is one big factor that some people need to consider. All grains, seeds, nuts and legumes contain a form of phosphorus called phytic acid. This natural substance acts as an anti-nutrient that interferes with your digestion.
Phytic acid doesn’t affect everyone the same. However, if you find plant-based proteins are causing digestive troubles like gas, bloating or indigestion, then you need a better solution.
This natural barrier to good digestion can be dismantled through a method rooted in thousands of years of tradition—FERMENTATION.
The Secret Power of Fermentation
Fermentation may sound unfamiliar, but it produces many of the foods we enjoy today! Wine, cheese, yogurt, sauerkraut, chocolate, coffee and kombucha are all thanks to the magic of fermentation.
Anti-nutrients, like phytic acid, act as a protective case around grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. This barrier is designed to prevent these seeds from germinating in less than ideal conditions (i.e. your stomach vs. a garden). While helpful in farming, these anti-nutrients have a big downside. They resist your body’s enzymes (reducing digestion & absorption) and cause gas, bloating and indigestion.
Fermentation is a proven way to reduce the anti-nutrient content. In essence, it breaks down the wall, making your protein much easier to digest.
Introducing Progressive® Harmonized Fermented Vegan Protein™
Do you want to add more plant protein to your diet, but avoid the gas and bloating it causes for some? Then consider Harmonized Fermented Vegan Protein™, one of our absolute favourites!
Each scoop provides 22g of easy-to-digest fermented protein and 2g of healthy fibre that supports a healthy digestive system. Best of all, it’s delicious and easy to use. Simply add it to your favourite smoothie, shake it up in any liquid or your boost favourite muffin recipe with a healthy dose of protein!