Plant-Based Protein vs. Animal-Based Protein: What is right for you? Posted on March 13, 2017 by , 0 comments

The battle between animal-based protein and plant-based protein continues to rage on. One camp believes that animal-based protein is harmful to human health while the other believes it is superior to its plant-based counterpart. Another group remains steadfast that animal-based protein is better for the human body because it more similar to our own proteins, thereby making it easier for our bodies to use. Meanwhile yet others wants to save the planet by converting as many people as possible to plant-based protein.

If you are at a loss when it comes to the sociocultural, environmental, and personal impact of which protein you consume, start here:

Animal-Based Protein

Be it dairy or meat, animal-based protein makes up a large portion of the American diet, which means it is not hard to get your hands on. Whey protein powders dominate the protein supplement shelves in drink, powder, and snack forms and can be cheaper than plant-based protein supplements. However, not every gut likes animal-based protein. If you feel that animal-based protein may be affecting your digestion, talk to your healthcare provider or a nutritionist to get their opinion on whether or not animal-based protein is right for you.

Here are the pros and cons:

Pros:

  • Easy to find
  • Cheaper in supplement form than plant-based protein
  • Can be easy to digest depending on preparation
  • Versatile in cooking

Cons:

  • Look out for fat content, depending on the source and cut of the meat
  • Can be more expensive if choosing grass-fed or meat raised without antibiotics

Plant-Based Protein

For some people, plant-based protein is the more appealing option based on their concern for the environment. That’s great for them if a plant-based diet better supports their overall health. The downside to sticking to plant-based protein only is that it is not as ubiquitous as meat or dairy and can sometimes cost a little more.

Here are our pros and cons: 

Pros:

  • Lower in saturated fat and cholesterol
  • Lower in calories
  • Can be versatile in cooking with a little bit of effort
  • May be gentler on the digestive system for some individuals
  • Better for the environment

Cons:

  • Plant-based protein drinks, powders, and snacks, can sometimes cost more than animal-based protein supplements
  • Some people don’t feel as satisfied when eating only plant-based protein

Try it Out for Yourself

What it really comes down to is that animal-based and plant-based proteins are different in cost, environmental impact, taste, appearance, availability, and in how they make you feel. Some people prefer to consume both while others sick to one type of protein. The important thing for you is to try out different options and see how you feel.

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