What is the best Protein for you?
Soy Protein Vs Whey Protein
BEDROCK Vs ASCENT
Soybeans are naturally high in protein and remain relatively low in fat.
According to the Soyfoods Association of America (2013), Soy protein is created by grinding whole soybeans until no fat or hulls remain. This soybean meal is then processed into Soy Protein Isolate, which consists of 90 to 95% protein.
Soy Protein Isolate is used as the base raw material for Soy Protein Powder with other nutrients and flavouring added in order to improve the taste, texture and nutritional value. Soy Protein Powder can be used to make protein shakes or to add a protein boost to meals.
Whey protein, on the other hand, is made from cow’s milk.
After being pasteurized to remove any bacteria, special enzymes are added to the milk to separate casein (the milk solids that are used to make cheese) from the whey.
This whey is processed further to remove carbohydrates, fats, and excess water and the end product is a protein-rich powder. Ingredients such as flavours and calorie free sweeteners can then be added to produce Whey Protein Powders.
Choosing Between Bedrock Soy & Ascent Whey
Taste & Texture:
Whey Protein tends to have a smooth, somewhat creamy texture and tends to mix much easier in your shaker. Soy Protein has a stronger flavor, and some people find the texture a bit more grainy.
In the end, the taste and texture of Soy versus Whey Protein comes down to your own preference. We have both available in a wide variety of flavors.
Both Soy and Whey protein are processed to have a relatively long shelf life. Despite coming from milk products, you do not need to worry about whey protein powder going off quickly.
Olympus Health products normally boast a shelf life of two years from when they are manufactured. However, you are unlikely to suffer any ill health effects from using protein past its “sell by” date. The flavor of the product may diminish, the nutritional value and stability of the product is unlikely to change.
Type of Protein:
One of the most important factors to look at regarding protein powder is the amino acid content. There are 22 types of amino acids used by the body, nine of these cannot be made by the body and must be taken from dietary sources. Both Soy and Whey protein are “Complete” proteins, meaning that they contain these nine amino acids.
Lysine and Methionine are associated with muscle growth and accelerated fat loss respectively, which leads to many bodybuilders choosing whey protein. However, both Soy and Whey protein contain adequate amounts of essential and non-essential amino acids to support general health.
Diet restrictions may determine whether Soy or Whey protein is the best option for you. For example, Whey protein comes from dairy and is not appropriate for a vegan diet. In contrast, Soy protein is vegan-friendly and can be a good way for vegans to ensure they get enough protein.
People who suffer from a lactose intoleranance will also need to be careful.
Soy protein does not contain lactose and is perfectly acceptable for people who are lactose intolerant (however watch out if you have an allergy to Soy!).
Whey protein comes in mainly two forms: Whey Protein Concentrate and Whey Protein Isolate. Although Whey Protein Concentrate will have some lactose removed, it may still cause gastrointestinal problems for those with a lactose intolerance. Whey Protein Isolate is processed to remove all lactose, making it more appropriate for dairy restricted diets .
When it comes to supplements, there is no “one size fits all” approach. It may take some trial and error to determine the type of protein that works best for you.
If you have any questions or need any advice, please get in touch with one of our Olympus Health team members. We would love to help!