Animal Protein Supplements vs Vegetable Protein. What is the difference between them?

We already know that there are foods rich in protein of both origins and also that high-quality protein supplements are a good option to complete the contribution that the body needs for proper functioning. Now, the first thing to take into account to establish a differentiation between those of powders of animal origin and those of vegetables, comes hand in hand with understanding how they are manufactured.

Vegetable protein supplements are those in which a raw material of nature is transformed, they are extracted mainly from rice, peas, soybeans or seeds. Those that use animal protein, on the other hand, are whey protein concentrates, that is to say, for their creation, liquid milk is drained through filtering systems and subsequently goes through a drying process. 


What are the main characteristics of each one?

Complements of animal origin

  • Contains all the essential amino acids.
  • In some sports, such as fitness, its high content of the following amino acids is valued: leucine, isoleucine and valine, which are very important for muscle development.
  • It is a dairy product, so people who have a milk allergy or who follow non-animal diets will not be able to consume it.
  • In some cases it is heavy and causes flatulence.

Plant-based supplements

  • While it is true that most sources of plant proteins do not provide the complete chain of amino acids, if they are combined properly (for example those that we combine in Vegaly: rice and pea), we can get full content in the nine essential amino acids.
  • It is rich in fiber and digestive enzymes, easy to absorb and digest.
  • In general, they have a lower concentration of toxins, and therefore are preferred in a detox program or for athletes in the resting phase.
  • If there are no ingredients of animal origin in the rest of the components, they can be consumed by people who follow vegan diets.

In conclusion, what is the best protein?

Plant-based supplements tend to be easier to digest and provide more fiber, which helps with healthy digestion and transit. In addition, vegetable protein has a higher density of nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Whey protein contains lactose, the body needs the digestive enzyme lactose in order to break down the protein and digest it properly. Another fact to take into account is that 65% of people have some degree of lactose intolerance. 

Regarding muscle building and recovery, the essential amino acids that help you are BCAAs, this is the abbreviation for the branched chain of leucine, isoleucine and valine. They are found in both whey proteins and soy, oatmeal and pea plant proteins. 

Are they for everyone? Can anyone consume them? This point will always depend on your specific nutritional needs and that is why we always recommend consulting with a nutritionist and above all reading the labels on the labels carefully to make sure that the product we are buying is the right one for us.