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Parsley Health’s Guide To Protein

February 28, 2019

Protein is all the rage lately. As well it should be. It’s needed for almost every vital function in your body.

“Proteins are made of tiny molecules called “amino acids” that form the building blocks of just about everything in our bodies. Muscles, skin, hair, hormones, enzymes, neurotransmitters (brain messengers) all depend on adequate dietary protein,” explains Parsley CEO and founder, Robin Berzin MD.

At Parsley Health, we recommend people eat protein and fat with every meal, and we have a few tricks up our sleeve for effortlessly sneaking in enough protein throughout the day. For example: in the morning when you’re strapped for time and not awake enough to chew yet, drink your protein for breakfast!

Here are few of the highlights:

Whey Protein

  • Source: Cow’s Milk. Whey is one of two protein components in cow’s milk (casein is the other one)
  • Vegan?: No
  • Main pro: Highly bioavailable, meaning it can be easily used by your body
  • Main con: Cow’s milk is a common gut irritant that causes low-grade systemic inflammation for many people without them ever realizing it (until they stop eating and drinking dairy for a while.)

Good for you if:

  • You want more lean muscle mass and work out a lot
  • You tolerate dairy well
  • You get it from a good source – organic, grass-fed, minimal ingredients, no thickeners, no sweeteners.

Pea Protein

Pea Protein is our favorite vegan option here at Parsley, and the foundation of our Rebuild Protein Shake. You’ll find that in our blender every morning, mixed with berries, flax seed and some collagen for good measure.

  • Source: Plants; usually yellow peas.
  • Vegan?: Yes.
  • Main pro: Hypoallergenic.
  • Main con: Does not contain the full spectrum of amino acids (it’s missing cysteine).

Good for you if:

  • You’re vegan.
  • You mix it into other blends of protein (e.g. hemp or rice) to get all the necessary amino acids.
  • You tolerate legumes.
  • You get it from a good source – organic, minimal ingredients, no thickeners, no sweeteners.

Rice Protein

  • Source: Like the name says, rice.
  • Vegan?: Yes.
  • Main pro: Hypoallergenic, plus an extra dose of B vitamins and fiber.
  • Main con: Contains a small amount of carbs (good for post-workout recovery, though).

Good for you if:

  • You’re vegan.
  • You’re not paleo.
  • You mix it into other blends of protein (e.g. hemp or pea) or nuts and seeds to get all the essential amino acids.
  • You tolerate grains.
  • You get it from a good source – organic, minimal ingredients, no thickeners, no sweeteners.

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Hemp Protein

  • Source: Hemp seeds (from the cannabis plant).
  • Vegan?: Yes.
  • Main pro: Hypoallergenic, complete source of protein (has all the 9 essential amino acids), and extra dose of omegas.
  • Main con: The least bioavailable of the lot, meaning your body doesn’t absorb and use it as well as other sources.

Good for you if:

  • You’re vegan
  • You’re paleo
  • You don’t mind spending a bit extra to get the good stuff
  • You get it from a good, high-quality source – organic, minimal ingredients, no thickeners, no sweeteners.

Collagen

  • Source: Animal connective tissue.
  • Vegan?: No.
  • Main pro: Can be good for skin and joint health.
  • Main con: Being a beauty product, a lot of the hype is faddy and many label promises are not proven.

Good for you if:

  • You’re not vegan
  • You’re paleo
  • You don’t mind spending a bit extra to get the good stuff
  • You get it from a good, high-quality source – organic, grass-fed, minimal ingredients, no thickeners, no sweeteners.

Spirulina

  • Source: Blue-green algae
  • Vegan?: Yes
  • Main pro: Complete range of amino acids, plus extra minerals and antioxidants.
  • Main con: Hard to know where it comes from

Good for you if:

  • You get it from a good, high-quality source – organic, minimal ingredients, no thickeners, no sweeteners.
  • You tolerate chlorophyll-containing drinks
  • You’re paleo
  • You’re vegan

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