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The Great Protein Debate.

I don’t know about you but I think Trump and Clinton seem a little angry…and hungry…Hangry if you will!

I wish I could reach through the TV and give them both a Snickers…but that wouldn’t be the healthiest choice (even though it might make them a little happier).😂

So what would be a good healthy thing for these two jagaloons to snarf down quickly so that they can get back to interrupting and trashing on one another?

A protein shake!

But. Alas.

I think we both know that before even taking a sip, they would even want to debate WHICH protein to take! Which one has the lowest environmental footprint? Which will be best for returning jobs to the U.S.A?.. I can tell you which one THAT wouldn’t be, cough cough Women’s Best Worst) #German #CorporateThugs  Oops did I say that out loud.. Sorry.. all this trash-talking is creeping into my own writing. Eek! But. Let’s get back on topic.

Which protein is best for YOU??

With SO many protein options ..it is certainly tough to choose the best one. But let’s try and evaluate some facts and reach a conclusion.

Whey Protein.

“Wheying” in at 25 grams of protein per 40 gram serving is WHEY PROTEIN! Whey, derived from milk after it had been curdled and strained, is the most popular and well known runner of this race. Whey protein stands by its campaign promise of delivering all essential amino acids to the muscles to repair and re-build, in record speeds!  Whey protein comes in 2 major formulas:

  1. Whey concentrate
  2. Whey isolate

Both are complete proteins, meaning that they provide the 9 essential amino acids (or EAA’s for you acronym lovers) that the human body cannot produce, and contain high levels of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), which are the three most important of those 9 EAA’s when it comes to repairing those muscles.“Whey protein delivers all essential amino acids to the muscles to repair and re-build, in record speeds!”

Whey protein concentrate (WPC) is 70-89% protein and slightly higher in lactose and fat. Whey protein isolate (WPI) is 90+% protein and has virtually no fat or lactose and is lower in carbs.

Both are rapidly digested and absorbed, which means they are great to drink pre or post workout to supply your muscles with the nutrients they need to recover and grow.

Casein Protein.

Casein protein, also derived from milk (it gives it it’s fancy white coloring) goes by the slogan “Slow and steady wins the race”. Casein is also a complete protein, but unlike whey, it is slow digesting.“Casein is also a complete protein, but unlike whey, it is slow digesting.”Casein can take up to 5-7 hours to fully breakdown , which will keep you feeling full and supplying your body with the protein and nutrients that it needs for hours after drinking the shake. Many people like to use casein protein powder as a meal supplement or as a bedtime snack to provide a sustained slow release of protein and amino acids to the bloodstream as they sleep. And casein has a secret “high level” running mate… glutamine. duh, duh, duh! Glutamine, a non essential amino acid, aids in recovery, decreases muscle breakdown, increases athletic performance and boosts the immune system, so this secret weapon gives casein a one up.

Egg Protein.

Long before there was whey or casein protein powder, there was egg protein powder. Made popular in the 90’s by body builders, egg protein powder guarantees to be “Uncrackable”. Low in carbs and fat, egg protein powder is typically referred to as “albumen”, which means it is solely egg whites and the yolks have been removed during filtration.

Also a complete protein, egg protein powder falls between whey and casein in its digestion speed so it is a great pre or post workout option. Not to be outdone by casein, egg protein powder also has a possible VP in its back pocket – Leucine. Leu who? Leucine is THE major amino acid responsible for increased muscle protein synthesis. It is often referred to as the ‘anabolic amino’ for that reason.

Don’t be scared by the scary ‘A’ word, and no I don’t mean Al Gore, I mean ‘anabolic’. It’s often used in the phrase ‘anabolic steroids’ but the word anabolic just means to ‘building something complex from simpler pieces’.

The Vegan Options.

Getting enough protein while on a Vegan diet can be immensely challenging, and choosing just one Vegan protein supplement is even more challenging! You have:

  • Brown Rice Protein
  • Pea Protein
  • Soy Protein
  • Hemp Protein
  • Sachi Inchi Protein
  • Cranberry Protein
  • Quinoa Protein

And probably many more that aren’t at the top of my mind.

Without going into TOO much detail, and this will make sense below, many of these options have incomplete, or at least sub-optimal amino acids profiles than many dairy, or animal-derived options, which makes choosing just ONE Vegan source so tough.

And so there you have it. All of the candidates have spoken and the people have decided..

Wait! What? This just in. Breaking news…. A scandal? A last minute entry? I can’t believe it! Whey, casein and egg protein powders had a secret love child that has decided to reveal itself to the world! How telenovela! Please welcome to the stage…..

The Multi-Protein Blend!

Combined from whey, casein and egg albumen, a multi-protein blend (MPB) powder is a mixture that will meet all of your needs. Their slogan “All Protein Matters” says it all. By combining whey, casein and egg proteins you are getting the benefits of all 3.

Fast digesting proteins in the whey and egg protein help your muscles refuel quickly after a workout and the casein will slowly release for hours after your workout to ensure your muscles recover and rebuild.

Not only does this help keep you nice and full for hours at a time, but research has shown* that a blended protein of whey and casein is proven to repair muscle cells more efficiently than whey alone. “…a blended protein of whey and casein is proven to repair muscle cells more efficiently than whey alone.”

*Reference: Journal of Nutrition; 2013 Jan 23.  < this is just one of several studies showing a blend is superior to whey alone

High levels of essential and branched chain amino acids make it awesome for your body, but add in the fact that it is also low fat and low carb make it awesome for your diet. Going with the motto that “All Proteins Matter”, MBP has chosen another protein blend as a possible VP – and we mean literal “VP” as in Vegan Protein.

The BEST Vegan Protein.

Is ALSO a blend. While many plant proteins are incomplete (meaning they do not supply the 9 essential amino acids that animal proteins to), a rare breed of them, such as, cough, ours, use a combination of Vegan options that are selected because they have complementary amino acid profiles. We selected Quinoa, Pea, and Hemp protein in ours because when combined, their cumulative amino acid profile most closely resembles that of a dairy protein, which is going to make a huge difference in terms of muscle growth and recovery.

And so that’s really it for tonights debate. The clear winner is UNICO Nutrition with our line of APOLLO Pure Proteins. We have both Vegan and non-vegan options. So you can choose the one you like best and that’s what you get! If only this whole presidential thing worked like that…

Oh. And not to end on a negative note, but this is something to be aware of if for some reason you are looking at proteins other than UNICO proteins. There is a phenomenon called ‘amino spiking’ going around the industry, which is when the protein powder will contain a cheap amino acid like taurine or lysine in unnecessarily high amounts to cut costs.“amino spiking is when the protein will contain a cheap amino acid like taurine or lysine in unnecessarily high amounts to cut costs.”

This is done to reduce costs. While whey and egg and casein are all much more expensive than simple taurine, a company will sometimes add 5-8 grams of taurine alone, and since it is an amino, it technically counts towards your total amount of ‘protein’ in there. But of course 8 grams of taurine is not going to help you very much, since muscle cells can only be created in the presence of all amino acids- another reason why some inferior Vegan Protein supplements that contain ONLY something like brown rice or ONLY pea or ONLY soy are not going to do as much for you as a blended product like APOLLO.

And so there.

What started as a playful blog post ended up as a shameless sales pitch!

But hey.

At least I’m honest about it, which is probably more than can be said about most of what we heard tonight!!