What Protein Supplements Can I Take If I Am Vegetarian or Vegan?

Author: Nicole Adler   Date Posted: 29 November 2016 

When you are a vegetarian or vegan, it can be difficult to find a protein powder in any range of Australian online supplements, because most protein powders contain animal protein. Nutrients Direct aims to solve this common problem by offering a large range of plant-based protein inside our range of Australian online supplements. So, if you do not know which protein from our Australian online supplements range is suitable for you, please read our overview below for some answers.

Pea Protein Powder

The first option you have from our range of Australian online supplements is pea protein powder, a protein supplement solely made from yellow peas. Since no dairy products are involved during the creation of this supplements from our Australian online supplements range, pea protein powder is also suitable for athletes who are lactose-intolerant.


Pea protein powder comes with numerous health benefits as well, so adding more protein to your diet is not the sole reason you should try this supplement. Pea protein tends to digest easier than animal-based protein, since there is no lactose or gluten to cause bloating or other forms of digestive distress.

Weight Loss

The use of pea protein powder has also been linked to improved weight loss. When pea protein powder is consumed, the protein inside the supplement will start to create substances called peptides. These peptides slow down the emptying of the stomach, subsequently delaying the creation of hunger hormone ghrelin and making you feel fuller for longer.

Protein Concentration

Many pea protein supplements contain a higher protein concentration than whey. While whey contains 23 grams of protein per scoop of whey protein, pea protein contains 25 grams. However, this does not mean that pea protein is more effective than whey, but it does mean that pea protein can certainly keep up with whey where athletic benefits are concerned.

Mixing Pea Protein

When you attempt to make your pea protein shake, please consider that pea protein powder is a dehydrated food. Therefore, it can take a little more time to blend your pea protein supplement with your preferred amount of water. Once you have added a scoop of pea protein supplement to a certain amount of water, please allow for at least three to five minutes for the supplement to mix properly.

Most pea protein supplements can be used for cooking and baking as well, for example to make some nice oat muffins with pea protein. However, before you use your protein for cooking and baking, check the manufacturer’s label to ensure its suitability for this purpose.

Rice Protein Powder

Rice protein powder is another suitable alternative for vegetarians and vegans, since this protein supplement is obtained from a plant as well. Rice protein powder is quite similar to pea protein, but does require some additional explanation.

Great Amino Acid Profile

One of the major benefits of rice protein powder is its excellent amino acid profile. Amino acids are extremely important for our physical fitness and general health, because these substances are the building blocks for our muscles, body tissues, immune system and hormones.

Rice protein powder contains all the essential amino acids, the amino acids our body is not able to produce by itself, thus they must be obtained from solid foods. However, there are some differences between the amino acid profile of pea protein and rice protein, because rice protein contains high levels of cysteine and methionine. Still, the high levels of these two amino acids do not have a negative impact on muscle building, but simply provide you with benefits related to these two amino acids.

Does Not Contain Allergens

Like pea protein supplements, rice protein powder is an excellent choice for athletes who struggle with certain food allergies. It can be an alternative for athletes with allergies to egg, milk and soy-derived protein, so the suitability of rice protein powder is not limited to vegans and vegetarians.

Increased Strength and Muscle Recovery

To ensure your muscles are kept in good condition, and to keep your strength levels in check, athletes need a serious amount of protein. Fortunately, rice protein powder can provide you with the specific protein needed for these two fitness goals.

Rice protein powders contain the essential amino acids needed for tissue rebuilding. Studies have also shown that the use of rice protein could have benefits for muscle gains, enhanced strength and improved amino acid absorption. Therefore, rice protein supplements could help you to get essential nutrients quicker, even though rice protein digests slower than whey and egg protein supplements.

Better Calorie Burn

Quality proteins can have a so-called “thermic” effect on the human body; this means that the protein creates heat inside the body while they are being digested. The thermic effect of rice protein can have a positive effect on the total number of calories you burn, because studies have shown that certain protein will help you burn extra calories during the digestion process. Rice protein is considered as one of these proteins.

Blood Sugar Regulation

Lastly, rice protein powders could have a positive effect on your blood sugar, and possibly deliver another benefit for your weight loss efforts in the process. When you eat foods that are rich in carbohydrates, your blood sugar levels will spike. Subsequently, your pancreas creates a substance called insulin, which is the substance that allows the storage of nutrients while they are circulating in your body. Unfortunately, large insulin spikes could trigger increased fat storage as well. However, consuming rice protein powder with your diet can help to regular your blood sugar to a normal level, subsequently preventing excessive storage of body fat.


The vegan protein options in our range are not only suitable for vegan athletes, but also athletes suffering from food allergies. Therefore, be sure to have a look at these plant-based supplements and determine if they could be a good alternative for you.

The plant-based protein supplements we mentioned here are just some of the options you will have from our range of Australian online supplements, because there are others as well. To get familiar with our entire range of plant-based proteins, please consult our online catalogue.

Data based on vanilla flavour ND Naturals WPC Rice Protein Isolate Pea Protein Isolate Soy Protein Isolate ND Natural WPI
Protein per serve (g) 23 23.6 24.1 25.4 26.2
Take For
Type of protein/s Whey Vegetable Vegetable Vegetable Whey
Carbs per serve (g) 4.2 4.8 2.5 1.8 2.2
Fat total per serve (g) 1.3 0.6 2.0 0.4 0.6
Sugars per serve (g) 3.4 0.6 0.6 1.0 1.6
Serving Size (g) Stevia Stevia Stevia Stevia Stevia
Serves per kilo Choc, Vanilla Choc, Vanilla, Natural Choc, Vanilla, Natural Choc, Vanilla, Natural Choc, Vanilla
Additional Premium Ingredients 30 30 30 30 30
Notes 33 33 33 33 33
Flavours All natural flavours and sweetener Vegetarian, all natural flavours and sweetener Vegetarian, all natural flavours and sweetener Vegetarian, all natural flavours and sweetener All natural flavours and sweetener

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