What is the difference between Oat Protein Powder and Whey Protein Powder? Why do some of your oatmeal flavors use one or the other? What makes one better or worse than the other?
Protein Powders are becoming more popular than ever due to ever-increasing awareness levels around the importance of adding dietary protein to one’s diet and the ease of use that they provide. While both Oat-Protein and Whey-Protein provide dietary protein, they are quite different from each other and not all dietary protein is created equally.
Oat-Protein is derived from 100% oats. Oats are grown on farms and therefore the protein that oats carry is considered Plant-based. Whey Protein is a by-product of the manufacturing of cheese. Cheese is made from milk and milk comes from cows. Therefore, Whey Protein is animal-based.
From there, we look at the amino acid profiles of each. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and determine the quality of any protein. Animal-based proteins and plant-based proteins each provide unique amino acid profiles. Animal-based proteins from meat, dairy, and eggs are widely accepted as having more robust amino acid profiles than plant-based proteins however many people are moving away from animal-based foods for a host of reasons... now more than ever. Thus, the rise of plant-based proteins. Experts and leaders such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommend that plant-based consumers get their protein from a variety of sources throughout a whole day to ultimately create a healthy balance of Amino Acids in the bloodstream. This is why we are thrilled to be the first brand to offer a NEW SOURCE of plant protein, Oat-Protein.
Your body needs 20 different kinds of amino acids to function correctly. These 20 amino acids combine in different ways to make proteins in your body. Your body makes 11 of these amino acids (in addition to being found in protein at various levels), but it can't make nine of the amino acids you need. You have to get them solely through food. These are called the 9 essential amino acids.
The plant-based segment is primarily made up of proteins from Pea, Rice, Hemp, Pumpkin Seed, Wheat, and Soy and each of these sources even represent their own global categories. There are pros and cons to each of these proteins and which one a person chooses depends on their personal preference and which their body tolerates best.
Gut health and digestibility is a MAJOR problem for many people in the consumption of protein powders. Oats are known for their positive gut health properties and Oat-Protein is unique in that it is easily absorbable, which is ideal for individuals with gut issues. We include Oat Soluble Fiber to support the gut-friendliness of this protein. This soluble fiber acts as a prebiotic, providing nourishment for beneficial gut bacteria. This promotes a healthy gut microbiome, which has been linked to improved gut health and reduced inflammation. Additionally, this fiber benefits the immune system and helps to relieve symptoms of constipation and diarrhea. We even offer an Unsweetened flavor with minimal added ingredients to give people with severe gut intolerances an option that does not include sweeteners or added flavors. We do not add other plant proteins to the formula. As mentioned above, after more research, we know that protein pairing is not as important as we once thought. Rather than paying attention to the tediousness of combining the correct complementary plant proteins at each meal, it is more important to consume of variety of protein options each day and across each week. We leave the Oat Protein isolated so people with sensitivities to various other plant proteins are not affected by them.
In addition to its digestibility, Oat-Protein is unique from other plant-based proteins in that it offers a delicious oat-based taste profile that many people enjoy. This has been seen most recently in the world-wide explosion of the Oat-Milk category. Additionally, Oat-Meal has always been a breakfast staple and a foundation for many flavor combinations due to its mild, nutty and neutral flavor. Oat-Protein shares this neutral and pleasant oat-taste with its oat category counterparts making it more "food-like" and less "supplement-like". Many people do not consume protein powder of any kind simply because they cannot stomach the taste. Oat-Protein offers these people something they have not yet tasted and many of our product reviews reflect this new-found taste.
Soy-Protein and Oat-protein are the only two proteins with heart health benefits, but as you may know many consumers are looking to avoid Soy due to its endocrine disruption properties. Oat-Protein with Oat Soluble Fiber is an ideal heart healthy alternative that promotes the reduction of bad Cholesterol.
Which type of protein a person decides to consume is dependent on their personal preference, their unique goals, taste preference, allergies, gastrointestinal digestibility, and general dietary beliefs. The idea is to simply increase your daily protein consumption and protein powders make this goal easy and convenient.
We are excited to be giving people a new option with delicious Oat-Protein!
How is your oatmeal different from everything else on the shelf?
Good carbs; bad carbs. Oats have earned their place in any healthy household as one of the best carbs. Oats provide complex carbohydrates to help fuel your body and brain and houses a host of other important nutrients as well. However, oatmeal can quickly go from a slimming breakfast to a blood sugar-spiking, fattening disaster—which could make it one of the worst breakfast habits. Our products provide you with flavorful oats with less sugar and more protein.
****If you are counting carbs, you may subtract the Dietary Fiber and the Erythritol the Total Carbohydrates of any of our products to get a Net Carbs count.
Are Ideal Oats® Gluten Free?
The oatmeal products are Certified Gluten Free. The Oat Protein Powder does contain trace amounts of wheat and therefore it is not Certified Gluten Free. However oats are generally recognized as safe and naturally gluten free but it is up to you and your tolerance level if you decide to consume OatFit.
Do Ideal Oats® contain lactose?
The only ingredient that could contain lactose is the Whey protein that we use in some of the oatmeal flavors. It is an Isolate which means it is a premium protein that undergoes a gentle filtration step to remove as much lactose as possible. However, even isolated proteins could contain trace levels of lactose and if you are highly sensitive to lactose then we do not recommend that you consume it.