My BFF recently asked me what I thought about MCT Lean Vegan Protein Powder. As a vegetarian she is concerned that she is not eating enough protein and was wondering if this product would be a good addition to her diet.
So I decided to give MCT Lean Vegan Protein Powder an analysis. Keep in mind that I have never tried this product; this analysis is purely based on the ingredients they have listed on their website.
- 100% plant based (nice plus for the vegetarians and vegans out there)
- Contains 18 different amino acids
- Contains digestive enzymes to help with nutrient absorption
- Contains Medium-Chain Triglycerides (may boost metabolism)
- Has 20 grams of PROTEIN per serving
- The main ingredient is pea protein isolate
- Protein isolates are very processed and are missing the synergistic ingredients that are naturally found in foods. This creates an acidic environment in the body, which is a breeding ground for cancer. You can read more about why protein isolates can be dangerous here.
- All the ingredients are processed
- While most of the ingredients sound good on paper, almost all of them are processed. This means the synergistic properties that are naturally found in these foods have been removed, which makes all of the nutrients less valuable.
- Comes in a package with lots of marketing promises
- Call me a cynic but whenever something seems too good to be true… it is. Ideally the majority of our diet should be based around real ingredients, not food that contains ingredients. Some good examples would be: carrots are always better than carrot cakes, and whole foods are always better than protein powders
If I were to grade MCT Lean, I would give it a C. While it does contain many good nutrients, it is ultimately a processed food. Many of the nutrients that it contains will be significantly less effective, have been destroyed, or may create an acidic environment in the body.
Protein is important! But if people worried more about eating real, whole foods and less about consuming enough protein… this world would be a much healthier place.
Vegan foods that naturally contain protein, amino acids, and MCTs include:
- Peas, Spinach, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts (protein and vitamins)
- Coconut Oil (Medium-Chain Triglycerides)
- Coconut water (amino acids)
- Raw nut butters (protein and amino acids)
- Beans & Legumes (protein and amino acids)
Vegetarian foods that naturally contain protein, amino acids, and MCTs include:
- Eggs from a high-quality source (protein and amino acids)
- Milk and yogurts from a high-quality source (protein and amino acids)