July 21, 2011

Protein Powder Taste Test: Soy vs. Rice

I always add protein powder to my smoothies and oatmeal. It adds a shot of nutrition, as well as creaminess and flavor.

I used to use a whey protein powder, but when I became vegan I switched to soy since the whey protein comes from cow milk. I got the Whole Foods brand vanilla flavor soy protein powder because it was the cheapest non-dairy protein powder I could find. Looking online, I found Nutribiotic Rice Protein Powder, Rice protein is supposedly more absorbable by your body than soy protein. At around the same unit price per pound as the Whole Foods soy protein, I decided to give it a try.

Both protein powders have the same taste and mouthfeel in my smoothie. I was surprised because I thought the rice protein would have a milder flavor, but they're really about the same. I wouldn't be able to tell them apart if you gave me a blind taste test.

Do you use protein powder? What is your favorite?

Vegan on a Shoestring

1 comment:

  1. I have actually never had soy protein powder! I love hemp protein, and I recently tried Sun Warrior raw protein (I think it's made from sprouted brown rice?). I like the Sun Warrior a lot & it has a more neutral flavor than hemp - but it's also WAY more expensive so it will probably just be more of a treat for me while hemp is my staple! :)