With so many forms of protein in the market, it’s essential to know what your body needs to achieve the maximum results. It’s also important to identify a few things before deciding on a particular protein source:
1. Less is More
More is not always better when it comes to protein powders. Choose a powder that has ingredients you understand and is low in sweeteners and fillers.
2. It’s in a bioavailable form
Different protein sources absorb in your body at different rates. Get the most bang for your buck by choosing a complete protein that your body will actually use.
3. Animal vs Plant
Whey Protein is made from milk, while collagen protein is made from animal bones and tissues. Plant protein typically tends to be made from peas, hemp and other seeds.
4. It tastes good
A protein powder is only as good as it tastes. If it doesn’t taste good, most likely you won’t use it.
In collaboration with The Store (thestore.com.hk), ROUGH has tried and tested a few different types of protein and we have some recommendations for you. Let us know your thoughts.
What makes whey protein the go-to choice for most athletes, is the fact that it contains all nine essential amino acids, making it one powerful force for recovery and muscle growth. It’s also abundant in the branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) leucine, isoleucine, and valine, which are vital for promoting muscle protein synthesis and increasing muscle growth. With whey protein it’s important to choose whey from grass-fed, pasture-raised cows. This normally means it’s free from GMOs, hormone treatment, pesticides and toxic chemicals.
Tried and tested: Orgain – Grass-Fed Whey
Our Review: The Orgain whey-based protein powder has an ultra-clean ingredient list and incredible taste and texture. Each serving has 21 grams of grass-fed whey protein sourced exclusively from New Zealand. Unlike other regular whey proteins available on the market, it has no added sugar, is low-carb, and it tastes amazing.
For a long time people have favoured animal proteins because of the misconception that they’re higher in protein. The latest plant proteins rate the same in terms of protein content. And in terms of nutrient density, plant-based proteins actually score higher than whey proteins. Plant-based proteins naturally contain many extra nutrients found in plants such as B vitamins, calcium, iodine, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, and zinc. Plants naturally uptake minerals from the soil, and those nutrients are included in their supplement form as well. Whey protein powder on the other hand don’t include much more than just protein.
Tried and tested: Vega Sport Performance Protein
Our Review: Vega Sport Performance Protein is a plant-based protein derived from peas, pumpkin seeds, organic sunflower seeds and alfalfa protein, and what we love the most is – the formula included BCAAs, and natural ingredients to kickstart recovery such as tart cherry, turmeric and probiotics. We blended the protein in with greek yogurt and avocados/blueberries in the mornings for a week, and an instant game-changer is we didn’t feel any bloatedness after consumption unlike regular whey protein, and can feel reduced soreness the next day after a workout (the ROUGH team loves staying active!). Though the taste might take some time getting used to, the texture is significantly smoother and finely-milled instead of gritty.
Collagen has practically hit superfood status over the last few years. Why is everyone talking about this miracle ingredient? Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, making up about 30% of all proteins. It’s a structural protein that binds cells and tissues together while helping them maintain shape and integrity, however as you age, your body produces less and less collagen.
Collagen is most commonly found in the skin, bones, and connective tissues, hence adding this to your diet is great for maintaining skin elasticity and strengthening bones, hair and nails.
Tried and tested: Bulletproof Collagen Protein
Our Review: Bulletproof Collagen Protein contains just one ingredient (hydrolyzed collagen powder), and comes from pasture-raised, hormone-free cows. With only one week in, we already saw a visible difference in our nails and hair, which is slightly less brittle given it how dry Hong Kong winters can be. What we like the most about this product is its neutral taste, which makes it versatile for mixing it with different foods from smoothie to coffee. Another huge plus is, it doesn’t thicken or clump, and that adds to the convenience when we don’t have a blender bottle handy.
All the above products are available online at The Store (http://thestore.com.hk) and in collaboration with ROUGH, you can now get 5% discount on your entire order at The Store with code ‘ROUGHMMA‘ at checkout. Offer valid till 28 February 2018.
About The Store
The Store sources the best sports supplements, organic health foods and eco-friendly products from around the world. With free same-day delivery, and 25-50% off retail prices, The Store finally offers the people of Hong Kong an affordable and convenient way to stay healthy.