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Looking to source protein? Plant protein goes well in a number of formulations, meanwhile helping to keep costs down and adding the plant’s nutritional profile. Ecuadorian Rainforest offers a number of plant-based protein powders that would go great into your product.
Plant protein may be just as effective as whey protein for muscle building. In a study published in Nutrition Journal, “No detectable differences were present in psychometric scores of perceived recovery, soreness, or readiness to train (p > 0.05). Significant time effects were observed in which lean body mass, muscle mass, strength and power all increased and fat mass decreased; however, no condition by time interactions were observed (p > 0.05).” The study concludes saying, “Both whey and rice protein isolate administration post resistance exercise improved indices of body composition and exercise performance; however, there were no differences between the two groups.”
With demand for protein soaring around the world and not enough meat and dairy to meet it, consumers are looking for alternatives in plants. According to research from Lux Research, nearly 33% of the protein market will be driven by alternative proteins such as plant protein by 2054.
In an interview with Nutritional Outlook, Frost & Sullivan’s Christopher Shanahan weighs in on the emerging plant protein market. “Unfortunately, there’s only so much meat to go around, and many potential users in the future may have trouble paying for, buying, or finding certain proteins—which is making plant-based proteins a much more attractive option especially in emerging markets,” such as China and India, to name a few.
Plant protein is also commanding a lead in the sports nutrition market. In 2013, plant protein had a share of 22% of the market. Though dairy protein still led the market in that year with 59.3%, Shanahan believes plant protein's share of the market will become larger over time as formulators become more adept in combining protein sources.
Plant protein is perfect for sports nutrition formulation such as plant protein bars or plant protein powder blends. They may also be used in functional foods and beverages as alternatives to meat and dairy proteins. Plant protein is also indispensable for vegetarian and vegan products.
Some ingredients to consider with naturally occurring proteins are:
Fish Oil Protein Powder, Rice Protein Powder, Soy Protein Powder, Black Walnut Powder, Brazilian Nut Powder, Lentil Powder, Chia Seed Powder, Pumpkin Seed Powder, Quinoa Powder, Spirulina Powder
Hu, Frank B. Protein, body weight, and cardiovascular health American Journal of Clinical Nutrition July 2005; 82: 242S-247S.
Joy JM, Lowery RP, Wilson JM, Purpura M, De Souza EO, Wilson SM, Kalman DS, Dudeck JE, and Jager R: The effects of 8 weeks of whey or rice protein supplementation on body composition and exercise performance. Nutrition Journal 2013; 12: 86
Lux Research (December 22, 2015) “WhooPea: Plant Sources Are Changing the Protein Landscape.” Retrieved from https://portal.luxresearchinc.com/research/report_excerpt/18587
Grebow, J (April 14, 2015).” How Big a Threat Is Pea Protein to Dairy Protein?” Nutritional Outlook. Retrieved from