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Plant Protein vs Whey Protein: Which is Better?

The debate on which protein is ideal for growth and development has continued since plant-based proteins hit the market. Determining which protein is best to consume for your specific goals can be a difficult process, as there is a plethora of information advocating both sides of the issue. In this article, we’ll break down some of the key factors that make whey protein, a form of animal protein, ideal for growth and a superior choice over plant-based proteins on the market. 

Whey protein is an animal based protein that is one of two proteins found in milk, alongside casein. Whey protein can be produced in two ways; either separated from casein in milk, or produced as a by-product of the process through which cheese is made.

Whey protein has a long history of use and study in fitness circles, with millions of bodybuilders, athletes, and strength trainers using whey protein on a daily basis. At the same time, whey protein has been found to promote linear growth.

Benefits of Animal Protein

1. Better absorption

One of the strengths of whey protein is the ease with which the body can absorb it. Whey protein can be absorbed quickly upon entering the stomach, where it is then rapidly sent through the bloodstream to muscle groups to aid in recovery and growth. 

Whey protein also exhibits much faster absorption rates compared to the other popular animal protein in milk and casein.

2. Whey protein is a complete protein

Another advantage of whey protein is the fact that it is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids. Of these nine, three are known as branched chain amino acids: leucine, isoleucine, and valine. These branched chain amino acids are critically important building blocks for growth and synthesis, that help with the rate that protein is absorbed.

The majority of plant-based proteins on the market only contain some of the amino acids essential for growth. In these cases, the recipient taking plant-based protein must supplement their diet with other food sources that provide the remaining amino acid profiles in sufficient quantities to assist in growth and development. 

3. Immune system function

 Whey protein not only aids in the growth and development, but has also been shown to boost the immune system. Consuming whey protein helps increase the production of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that is responsible for a variety of functions within the immune system.   

Whey protein helps with the production of glutathione because it contains a high amount of glutamylcysteine, a substance that has a high rate of conversion into glutathione. Glutathione is the most powerful antioxidant in the body, and helps regulate immune system function by decreasing the damage done by free-radicals in the body, and boosting the function of other antioxidants in the body.

4. Taste

Taste is subjective, but for many people the taste of whey protein is more palatable than other plant-based alternatives. This is an important fact, particularly if you are encouraging your child to consume whey protein to supplement growth. 

Many children may find the neutral taste of whey protein preferable to the alternative plant-based proteins such as soy and pea. Additionally, whey protein is neutral enough to be disguised in a number of flavors that appeal to children, such as vanilla and chocolate.  Plant-based proteins, on the other hand, stand out in many mixtures that attempt to disguise their taste with a more palatable alternative.

For supplementing protein to encourage growth and development in your child, whey protein is the superior choice. Whey protein offers a number of important advantages over plant-based alternatives. The superior absorption of whey protein allows it to quickly enter the bloodstream and assist in growth and development. 

Whey protein is also a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids as well as the three-branched chain amino acids that are critical to growth. Whey protein has the added benefit of aiding in immune system function, while also having a neutral taste profile that many people find more palatable than plant-based alternatives. These factors make whey protein the ideal supplement for stimulating growth and development.

If you are looking for a protein supplement for your child, Healthy Height™ is the way to go. With 12 grams of high-quality whey protein per serving, our great tasting shake mix is doctor developed and tested. The Healthy Height™ nutritional profile has been tested and shown in a clinical study to promote growth for children ages 3-9 who are lean, healthy, and short. Learn more about Healthy Height™ today!

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