Not All Proteins are Created Equal: Choosing the SMARTest Plant-Based, Vegan Protein on the Market

From elite athletes to the average Joe, people are switching every day from traditional, older whey protein to vegan protein. The market responded to this demand with an overwhelming supply of protein selection. If you've looked in your health food stores or supplement aisles, you might have wondered what vegan protein to choose. Here are the top 5 requirements when selecting the best, clean vegan protein product for you.

1) Is your protein FREE?

Now wouldn't that be nice? But what we are actually talking about being “free of” the unwanted things in our food source: Free of GMOs, free of artificial ingredients, free of added sugar, soy-free, gluten-free and free from other common allergens. In fact, according to WebMD, eight things cause approximately 90 percent of all food allergy reactions: 

  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts like walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, brazil nuts, and pecans
  • Soy
  • Wheat 
  • Fish 
  • Shellfish

Since many people are actually unaware they have a food allergy - symptoms can be subtle or attributed to something else, or even mild at first - it can be best to avoid these common allergens. SMART Pressed Juice's Vegan Vanilla Protein doesn't contain any of these allergens, as Sacha Inchi is actually the seed of an edible fruit, containing some of the richest sources of omega fatty acids known - up to 17 times the omega-3 content of salmon, as well as all eight essential amino acids (although anyone who has a known nut allergy should avoid Sacha Inchi, despite the lack of documented allergies to Sacha Inchi).

In fact, because so many people actually have hidden intolerances and allergies to dairy, wheat, egg, and soy, it's best to switch from a whey protein to a vegan protein, and even better - one that is soy-free and gluten-free.

2) Is Your Protein Plant-Based From Multiple Sources? 

While whey is a common, inexpensive protein source, it often comes with carried over hormones, antibiotics, higher environmental impact (commercial agriculture) and digestive incompatibility. Organic plant-based proteins such as brown rice and yellow pea are an excellent source of protein. When combined with other plant-based proteins such as hemp seed protein and cranberry seed protein, you'll end up with a well-rounded combination like our Vegan Vanilla Proteini, which contains all four of these powerful, clean, vegan protein sources!

<p) Is Your Protein Clean and Minimally Processed? Solvent extraction using hexane processing is common practice in the protein source.  Look for protein sources that are solvent free and water extracted.

4) Is Your Protein Formulated to Be Lean?

 Taste is important to almost all but the most hardcore athletes when consuming protein. This is the reason why the market is saturated with protein products that include a high amount of flavor and texture enhancers. This can add additional sugar, chemicals and just plain “wasted space” in the formula. Look for products with a higher concentration of protein - aim for a 60% protein ratio by dividing the grams of protein by the serving size. Also, a good rule of thumb is to find proteins with less than 10 percent flavoring and texture related ingredients. Our Vegan Vanilla Proteini was carefully formulated to meet both these criteria to be the cleanest, leanest concentrated protein shake on the market without satisfying taste or texture!

5) Is Your Protein Third Party Verified?

Quality is key when finding a protein. Look for products that are third party quality validated.   For organic products, look for the USDA Certified Organic logo, which means the product has also been certified by QAI, CCOF, Oregon Tilth or other USDA approved certifying body.  Kosher certified products to be certified by Unorthodox Union, Circle K and other credible certifier.  If you care about your product being vegan, make sure it is Vegan Action® certified, which assures the true vegan state of a product, particularly when considering products containing probiotics or prebiotics.

As you can see, once you start demanding quality and verification of your protein products, you can narrow down your choices to clean, high-quality, vegan protein. Searching for these product qualities will ensure that you are getting the top tier protein product on the market that is beneficial for you and your health. For additional tips on SMART healthy living, follow us on Instagram @smartpressedjuice, Twitter @smartpressjuice, or like us on Facebook. If you're ready to try our Vegan Vanilla Proteini in 30 day serving bottle or convenient single-serving packets, use the promo code CLEAN to save 10% off this delicious shake!