Animal or vegetable protein: which is better?

Protein slows down the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream, lowering elevated blood sugar levels, lowering insulin, and helping the body burn fat. Simply digesting protein requires more energy than digesting carbs. So, just by eating a high protein diet you’ll burn more calories – and need more magnesium.

I try not to get too involved in the debate as to which source of protein is “the best” – animal or plant based – because I believe it’s an individual choice based on results. If the results of a vegetarian diet are that you feel great, then it’s a good choice for you. But if it makes you feel unhealthy, then add other foods.

If you want to eavesdrop on a debate on this subject, see this article. Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, author of The China Study and a proponent of a vegetarian diet, and Dr. Loren Cordain, Professor in the Department of Health & Exercise Science at Colorado State University, author of The Paleo Diet (animal-based) are at opposite ends of the spectrum. It’s a lengthy transcript but you’ll not find a better overview of this diet controversy.

And even after reading all those words, what is the take home message? It’s got to be a diet that suits your body, not just your intellect. And in my opinion, it can be a combination of vegetarian and animal-based, but should never be extreme.

My bias is toward animal protein as I explain in Module 55 of my Completement Now! wellness program, Intuitive Eating. My real concern is that many people are getting the wrong message that they HAVE to be a vegetarian in order to be healthy. Only 4% of the whole U.S. population is vegetarian. If it were so healthy, wouldn’t more people be following a vegetarian diet? The key to eating a healthy animal protein diet is to make sure you buy meat, cheese, milk and eggs from grass-fed and free range animals.

Today, I’m going to cover one of the three sources of protein in ReStructure Protein Powder, and it’s the one which is animal based: whey protein.

What you may not know is that whey from cow’s milk only forms 20% of the total protein content and casein is the much larger amount at 80%. Whey, however, is much easier to digest than casein and is more soluble. Whey enthusiasts call it the protein powder gold standard.

I do worry that whey still has some casein or lactose milk molecules embedded. Several brands used to give me throat mucus. ReStructure don’t seem to cause that problem because it has so few lactose molecules. However, if you are lactose or casein intolerant, experiment to make sure it doesn’t cause symptoms.

Without going into all the sales hype about whey, I’ll point out how it stands apart from other protein powders.

  1. It contains all the essential amino acids.
  2. It’s a rich source of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) and leucine, which are metabolized directly into muscle tissue, making it appealing to athletes. BCAAs are the first amino acids utilized during periods of exercise and resistance training. Whey protein contains more leucine than milk, egg or soy protein.
  3. Whey protein helps maintain a healthy immune system because it increases the levels of glutathione in the body. Glutathione is a major anti-oxidant that is made in the body.
  4. Whey protein stimulates the release of two appetite-suppressing hormones: cholecystokinin (CCK) and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). Studies show that whey protein had a greater impact the feeling of fullness than casein (milk protein).
  5. Studies on cancer, aging, infant nutrition, and diabetes show the benefits of whey protein. However, unless comparison studies are done with all the other protein powders, we really don’t know which one is best.

ReStructure also contains brown rice protein and pea protein. Together, these 3 protein sources ensure that you’re getting a balanced protein supplementation, consisting of both animal and plant sources, making ReStructure one of the most complete protein sources on the market.

Plus, ReStructure is organic, non-GMO (genetically modified), dissolves readily in a shaker cup, and actually tastes great – something not many other powders can claim.

Since any protein will cause you to use up more magnesium, it’s important to supplement it. That’s why the new ReSet Performance Bundle with both protein and magnesium is the perfect way to give your body the basic building blocks it requires to sustain and recover from strenuous activity, whether it’s exercise or just living a fast-paced life.

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Dr. Carolyn Dean

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