What Is The Best Protein Powder For Weight Loss and Fat Burning?
Article Summary: The best weight loss is fat loss. To lose fat, you need to burn more fat. The main key to burning fat is controlling insulin levels. Vegetable protein is absorbed slowly by the body. Whey protein is absorbed much more quickly, which can spike insulin as much as white bread. This means that whey is great for body builders, because you want protein to absorb quickly to rebuild muscles. Therefore, vegetable protein is the best protein powder for weight loss. This article explains the science in detail.
Protein powders are for many people an ideal meal replacement. They allow one to easily “crowd out” foods that can be toxic or cause weight gain, while allowing one to also pursue a diet rich in greens, cruciferous vegetables and other nutrient dense foods.
Protein shakes are very popular with members of the PEERtrainer community. However, there are many different kinds of protein powders and shakes, and people have a lot of questions in this area.
An Introduction To The Different Protein Powder Options
You’ve likely seen hemp (lower protein, higher cost than other kinds), soy (low in sulfur-containing amino acids), and casein (highly allergenic) powders on health-food shelves. Most better quality powders, on the other hand, contain either whey or a rice/pea blend protein.
Blending rice and pea proteins creates a complementary amino acid profile. So if, say, pea protein is low in methionine, rice protein fills that amino acid gap. Let’s look at the benefits of both whey and rice/ pea proteins.
Whey scores highest for biological value (BV), which measures the amount of protein your body absorbs and uses. Your body utilizes whey very quickly, making it the best protein powder for weight lifters. In general, animal protein has a high BV.
However, protein that has a high biological value can help create high levels of a hormone known as “insulin-like growth factor 1.” This hormone is critical when you are growing and during puberty.
Additionally, research has shown that as you get older, this hormone can speed up aging and is associated with higher levels of cancer. Dr. Fuhrman calls this the “Protein Paradox.”
Dr. Fuhrman goes on to say in his new book “Super Immunity” that “The overall goal is to….reduce the amount of protein from animal sources and increase the amount of protein from plant sources.”
According to Jackie Wicks, during a cleanse, you absolutely don’t want to consume whey protein. Her reasoning is that there are so many different reactions that people can have to dairy. Additionally, she says that if you have acne, dairy is the very first thing to pull out from your diet.
New research now shows that whey protein has an insulin raising effect similar to white bread!
The Best Protein Powder For Weight Loss: Rice and Pea Blends
On the other hand, a rice/pea protein blend provides a lower BV that creates a slower, more sustained energy. Rice/pea blends provide an ideal meal-replacement, pre-workout protein, or late-night snack.
Because processing removes most of the lactose, most dairy-sensitive people do fine with whey. However, other protein components in whey can be potentially highly allergenic. If you’re vegan (whey is, after all, an animal-derived product), or you need a hypoallergenic protein, or otherwise want to avoid dairy, rice/pea makes the best protein powder option.
As a general rule dairy is one of the classically more reactive foods. And this is before any of the “crap” we do to cows happens.