We craft each product at Kodiak Cakes to be nourishing, convenient, and have amazing taste! This means we use simple, whole ingredients like 100% whole grains, no GMO’s, and protein in every product. In many of our products – specifically Power Cakes and Power Waffles – added protein comes in the form of whey. Why we choose to use whey protein over others, like plant protein, is just one of many questions we’ve seen come through our inbox.
We know all added protein provides nutritional benefits and specific advantages, which makes the decision of which added protein source to use in our products just that much harder. But we’ve chosen to stick with whey protein because, in our opinion, the benefits still outwhey the disadvantages—and here’s why.
Why Do We Choose Whey?
Whey is one of two proteins that come from cow’s milk. Most of us are familiar with whey protein powder, which is simply the product of manufacturing liquid whey into dried whey protein that is then used by many in recipes, smoothies, or in our flapjack & waffle mix to add a boost of protein to some of our favorite foods like Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes!
Just like all animal-base proteins, whey protein is considered a complete protein. This means whey contains all nine essential amino acids that our bodies need to survive and function properly. In fact, there are two types of amino acids: non-essential and essential amino acids. Our bodies manufacture non-essential amino acids on their own, so we don’t have to use food or supplements to get enough of them. However, our bodies can’t manufacture essential amino acids on their own which makes it important that we consume them in our diet. This is one reason why whey protein is a great source of added protein to our diet—it contains all nine essential amino-acids in adequate proportions.
Additionally, it’s recommended that 20 grams of protein be ingested within a few hours of exercise to maximize recovery and protein synthesis. But, it should be noted that, it does matter where your protein comes from. Some people prefer whey protein to other added protein because studies show that whey protein better supports muscle protein synthesis and our bodies’ ability to maintain and build muscle after exercise. While many sources of protein promote protein synthesis, whey protein is easily digested and contains higher levels of leucine, an essential amino acid that helps drive muscle protein synthetic response after we eat. Adding whey protein to our Power Cakes helps us pack in 14 grams of protein per serving. Better yet, you can even get 21 grams of protein out of your next stack of flapjacks by making our Power Cakes using milk and adding an egg!
What About Plant Protein?
Plant protein is an excellent source of protein; however, many plant proteins are not complete proteins. There is a lot of debate about which is better between plant-based protein vs. milk-based protein like whey, especially when we could potentially use a plant-based protein, like soy, that is also considered a complete protein. At Kodiak Cakes, decisions about which protein to use comes down to a number of things like taste and texture, but we refrain from saying that one is better for you than another. We will say, though, that if you follow a vegan diet, have any allergies to milk, or are lactose intolerant, plant-based protein is a great option for you because it is hypoallergenic. What’s really important is finding what works best for you and your individual nutritional needs!
Do you like to choose whey protein over other added protein? Tell us why on Instagram and Facebook using #whywhey and #kodiakcakes!
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