When FemmePharma was first founded, we spent a significant amount of time on developing our products. We wanted to develop nutritional supplements that not only would contribute to great health, but that tasted good without adding excessive amounts of calories. Protein powder was the natural choice, but it is also notorious for tasting like saw dust; making people understand the importance of protein was not enough, we needed to create something that people would be inclined to make a part of their daily routine.
The FemmePharma team spent over 365 days evaluating, discussing and improving our product. We looked at our target audience and what their needs were: how much protein; how many calories; ease of consumption, etcetera. In the end, we decided to use the purest form of protein with the highest amount of protein per gram: Whey.
Whey is a by-product of cheese, and whey protein isolate is protein in its purest form. While it is quite possible to include protein in your daily diet, most women get too little protein each day. Whey offers a small volume of powder (which mixed with milk and fruits makes the best smoothie) that is completely packed with protein. This allows you to get the most benefits out of the least volume.
Furthermore, whey protein is low in calories, sugars and carbohydrates, it will help you “lean up” instead of “bulk up”, and it will add to your over all energy levels and wellbeing. Whey protein can be made into smoothies of all kinds (see recipes here), and when you add iron-rich spinach or potassium-rich bananas you have yourself a mix that gives you some of the most important—and under appreciated—nutrients that a person needs.
We think that whey is the best kind of protein because of its purity. However, it is not for everyone. Since it is a by-product of cheese it contains lactose, which means that if you are lactose intolerant you may want to consider a plant based protein instead. Here is a brief overview of the different types of protein that you can choose from:
Hemp: This protein is made from the hemp seed, and is a high-fiber protein supplement. Hemp has an above-average digestibility, which makes it ideal for athletes. Additional benefits of hemp protein include potential immune enhancing and anti-fatigue properties, as well as kidney-protective effects.
Peanutbutter: Peanuts are high in protein and monounsaturated fats. However, it is high in calories, and is mostly used by those looking to build muscle.
Casein: Like whey, casein protein is milk-based. The biggest difference between the two is that casein takes longer to digest, so it provides your body a slow and steady stream of amino acids. Because of this, some athletes will take casein before bed to optimize the flow of amino acids and kickstart their metabolism. Casein is most often used by athletes who are looking to build muscle.
Egg: Egg protein powder is made of egg whites and doesn’t contain any egg yolks. This makes it low in fat and cholesterol free. The amino acid pattern of egg protein is considered to most nearly match that needed for human growth, and this option is great for anyone with lactose intolerance.
Pea: Pea protein is easily absorbed by your body and provides it with a substantial supply of beneficial amino acids. Pea protein delivers large amounts of the essential branched-chain amino acids isoleucine, valine, arginine and lysine.
Rice: Rice protein doesn’t provide all of the essential amino acids, so it’s often combined with other protein supplements to get the full effect. Rice is another option for vegetarians or anyone with a soy allergy.
Soy: Soy protein is a low-fat, heart healthy supplement that can help reduce the risk of heart disease. It’s also vegetarian, so it’s a good option for those not eating meat looking up their daily protein intake. Because soy can potentially affect your hormonal balance, anyone with a thyroid condition should proceed with caution.