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Are newer plant proteins, like quinoa and coconut, all they’re hyped up to be?

Q: “There has been a lot of buzz about newer plant proteins, namely quinoa and coconut – are these all they are hyped up to be?”  

There are certainly a lot of plant-based proteins entering the marketplace and you now have more choice than ever when selecting a plant-based protein!

We LOVE coconut and it is an ingredient we use in several of our fermented bars. Coconut is a favorite of many: it tastes amazing and is an awesome source of healthy fats! That said, coconut is not the best plant source for a protein powder. In actuality, coconut is mostly fat and only contains around 3% protein. (Other plant-based protein sources have higher levels of protein – hemp seeds are around 24% and spirulina is a whopping 54%! Even plain brown rice comes in at 8%.)

Some companies may try to leverage coconut’s popularity to push their protein product, however, their formulations rely heavily on other plant-proteins to build up their protein gram-count.  Give the label a read and ask some questions J

As for quinoa – it is another superfood that we LOVE, and is one of 7 awesome plant-protein sources in our fermented vegan proteins+. The keyword here is fermented, because when it is unfermented, it is likely to causing bloating..ugh!  Our fermented vegan proteins+ formula is made of 100% fully fermented plant-protein sources. Our quinoa is fermented with artisanal techniques as to not cause bloating – which as we said is notorious with unfermented quinoa protein. By using only fermented quinoa in fermented vegan proteins+, quinoa’s amino acids are at their most potent so it is a digestible, absorbable protein source!

In short, don’t be fooled by trendy plant proteins – look for quality above all else. Be sure that you get vegan protein supplements that combine a variety of plant sources, and are fermented so you actually reap the nutritional benefit they have to offer.