Protein Plus
By Lisa Turner
From non-GMO to vegan, today's protein powders offer something a little different

You’ll find a vast number of protein powders on your natural grocers’ shelves, including raw, vegan, gluten-free, and organic varieties. With so many to choose from, how can you be certain that you're getting the right one for you?

The first consideration is protein quality, traditionally rated by biological value (BV), the proportion of a protein that can be synthesized and used by the body’s cells. The newest measure is the Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS), which measures both amino acid profile and digestibility, with the highest number being 1. Also keep an eye on sugar content and added flavorings, and check the label for other ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, and fiber—which you may or may not want.

Here are just a few of the products available on the market today. There's a good chance that one of them might be exactly what you're looking for.

Raw Vegan Protein SunWarrior Raw Vegan Protein, Vanilla According to the company's website, SunWarrior Raw Vegan Protein Powders have the highest raw, whole-grain, sprouted vegan protein content (83 percent) on the market. All of the products in the line are made with whole brown rice protein powder and sweetened with stevia, with the exception of the Natural Flavor, which is unsweetened.
RAW Protein Garden of Life RAW Protein eyond Organic ProteinAlong with complete protein derived from raw sprouted grains (brown rice, quinoa sprout, and garbanzo bean sprout), you'll find Garden of Life's blend of RAW vitamins, including vitamins A, D, E, and K, in this sugar-free protein powder. It's low-cal, too, featuring only 80 calories per scoop.
Vegan Protein Factors Natural Factors Vegan Protein Factors, Vanilla Bean We love the mix of nutrient-dense vegan proteins: pea, rice, hemp, and chia. Flavored with xylitol, Vegan Protein Factors has 180 calories and 22 grams of protein per serving. It's also low in fat and cholesterol-free.
Greens Protein 8-in-1 Olympian LabsGreens Protein 8-in-1 Pea protein is combined with rice and hemp proteins in this whole food drink mix. What does "8-in-1" stand for? The formula contains these eight things: a whole food multivitamin, pH balanced enzymes, probiotics, hypoallergenic pea protein, patented fiber, branched chain amino acids, antioxidants, and detox/cleansing remedies. What more could you need?
Vega One Sequel Naturals Vega One, All-in-One Nutritional Shake, Berry Developed by a professional Ironman triathlete, Vega One contains a high-quality mix of plant-based foods. Each serving is a complete meal replacement and is great for athletes or anyone on the go. The proteins used here are hemp, yellow pea, brown rice, flax, and chlorella. Essential fatty acids, complex carbohydrates, fiber, probiotics, and more also make up this tasty powder.


5 Things You Might not Know About Pea Protein
This easily absorbed protein is ideal for anyone with food sensitivities or allergies. Some fast facts:

  • Extracted and concentrated protein from split yellow peas.
  • Plant-based and allergen-free.
  • Good texture with a similar amino acid profile to soy.
  • Free of estrogenic compounds.
  • Tends to be more expensive than other proteins.

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