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FAQ | Plant-based protein powder

Plant-based protein, or vegan protein, is a plant-based alternative to animal protein. It's made from a variety of sources, including beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains. 

It’s important to look for a vegan protein powder that contains several types of plant-based proteins, because most individual plants aren’t high in all the amino acids your body needs to maximize muscle repair. When you combine multiple plant-based proteins, you’re more likely to get a complete amino acid profile that will help you reach your fitness goals.

For example, VORA’s blend of brown rice, pumpkin seed and pea proteins contains all 9 essential amino acids needed for protein synthesis.

Yes, VORA plant-based protein is 100% vegan-friendly and contains no animal products, whey, egg or lactose.

This makes it an ideal choice for vegans, vegetarians, and anyone with allergies or sensitivities to milk-based proteins. VORA is also gluten-free and free from artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners and preservatives.

Best of all, our proprietary blend of brown price, pumpkin seed and pea proteins delivers a complete protein source that’s easily digestible and provides a full range of amino acids needed for weight loss and muscle growth.

Not only is a plant-based diet better for the climate than an animal-based diet, plant-based and alternative proteins are having an outsized impact due to rapid advancements in technology and faster-than-expected consumer uptake.

You’ve probably noticed the plethora of plant-based meats, nutmilks and other vegan options at cafes and restaurants everywhere - but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Pretty soon, ‘lab-grown’ meat from animal cells could make its way to your dinner plate. In fact, you can taste it right now in restaurants in Singapore and Israel.  

According to the World Economic Forum, the alternative protein market will increase by more than sevenfold over the next 15 years - to make up 11% of the overall protein market by 2035. 

The study’s authors say this could balloon to 22% of the total protein market in that same time frame if consumer uptake, technological change and regulatory support accelerate in a positive feedback loop.

How will this help the climate? According to the authors of the study, even the low-end of their forecast will have an enormous impact. They say by 2035, the shift to alternative proteins will save as much CO2 as Japan emits in one year and conserve enough water to supply London for 40 years - in addition to promoting biodiversity and food security.

That’s nothing to scoff at. 

While it might be difficult to find lab-grown meat at the moment, you can help accelerate the transition to plant-based and alternative proteins by adding VORA Good Shape Protein to your diet!

A lot of people associate protein with weightlifting and putting on muscle. But did you know it can also help you lose weight? It does this in a number of ways. 

First, protein helps you feel full for longer. This is because your body takes longer to digest protein than other types of food like carbs or fats. And when you feel full for longer periods of time, you’re less likely to overeat or binge on junk food!

Second, because it takes you longer to digest protein, your body will burn more calories digesting than it would with other foods.

Third, in conjunction with strength training, protein can help you build muscle. When you build muscle, your body burns more calories even when you’re not working out. This is called the ‘metabolic effect’ and it can help you lose weight at a faster rate than just eating fewer calories. 

Plant-based protein and whey protein both have their place in the world of nutrition, but there are a number of reasons why you might want to choose a plant-based protein powder over its whey-based counterpart.

The most obvious reason you'd choose a plant-based protein powder over a whey protein powder is if your diet requires it. Whey is derived from cow's milk, so if you're vegan, vegetarian or even just lactose intolerant, a plant-based source is the clear choice.

Another reason to choose plant protein over whey protein is that it’s gentler on the environment. Studies show that a plant-based diet is better for the environment than a meat-based diet because it requires less land and water, while producing fewer greenhouse gasses.

There are also some health benefits that plant proteins have over whey proteins. Plant protein powder typically takes longer to digest than whey protein, which means it can make you feel fuller for longer - thus contributing to your weight loss goals.

And because it's derived from plants, plant-based protein powders tend to contain more fibre and more micronutrients like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Whey protein might be the better choice for bodybuilders who want to flood their muscles with protein as quickly as possible after a workout, but we think the numerous benefits of plant protein might make it a better choice for most people.

When taken as part of a healthy diet and exercise program, protein is more likely to help you lose fat rather than gain it. 

The average adult needs 0.8 grams per kilo of bodyweight to maintain muscle mass, or 1.2 grams per kilo if you’re training regularly. As long as you stay with the appropriate levels for your needs, your body will use the protein instead of storing it as fat.

The number of calories in plant protein powder varies based on how much you consume and on the ingredients used, so make sure you check the nutritional information and ingredients list on the back of the package.

For example, if you’re counting calories, you’ll want to stay away from protein powder that has been sweetened with sugar, since sugar can drastically increase the calorie count of your powder. VORA protein powders are sweetened with all-natural, sugar-free monkfruit extract, so you know you’re getting a high-quality product that won’t leave you feeling guilty!

Each of our protein powders contain 553 kilojoules, or around 132 calories per 35g serving. With 23g of protein per serving, the large majority of calories comes from protein, as opposed to carbohydrates or fat.

The best protein powder you can use for muscle maintenance, repair and growth is a complete protein, or one that contains all 20 amino acids necessary for muscle synthesis. 

That means your plant-based protein powder should contain a blend of different protein sources. VORA’s blend of brown rice, soy and pumpkin seed protein work together to give your muscles all 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids your body can’t make on its own.

You’ll also want one that is sugar-free and free from artificial sweeteners, colours, flavours and preservatives. All of VORA’s contain none of these nasties!

From VORA, of course! You can purchase VORA from the comfort of your own home and have it delivered straight to your door.

The best thing about vegan protein powder is that it’s so versatile! VORA’s protein powder is so delicious, you can simply mix it with your favourite nut milk or water, shake and enjoy!

Or if you want to get creative, you can add it to your favourite smoothie or even use it to bake your own protein bars. 

For an added vitality boost, why not mix in one of our superfood powders. Our Good Clean Greens tropical blend or Good Glow Latte, made with turmeric, are great options.