Plant-based protein? NO WHEY!
Moringa – what is it? It is a leaf from a tree that has recently been placed in the nutrition limelight. The plant itself is nutrient-rich and has been shown to be beneficial in battling malnutrition in developing countries. A variety of Moringa supplements are now being marketed.
-We recently had the pleasure of sampling some of the company Zija International’s Core Moringa Protein Powder (Vanilla Bean flavor) and here’s what we think!
-Expect it to taste “like a protein powder” – it didn’t taste bad… we’ve definitely had better tasting, but also had much worse! When mixed up as a drink it does have the chalky profile associated with protein powders. But it’s easily transformed! We sampled the vanilla bean and added it into homemade pancakes which were quite delicious. We also made a smoothie with it which was delightful as well!
-It is a great protein powder option for anyone with any food aversions, allergies, intolerances, etc. It is plant based, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free and vegan.
-It has only 1 gram of sugar and it is sweetened with Stevia and Xylitol (a sugar alcohol)
-One items that stood out to us was IRON! The Moringa plant is a great source of iron which is a HUGE plus, especially for females who have higher needs.
-There are many health claims Moringa has behind it – extreme amounts of calcium, vitamin A, cancer fighting, energy boosting, the list goes on. We have a few things to say about that:
- Some of these comparisons do are not exactly fair as many compare values of dried Moringa powder to values in whole foods that have not been dried (and therefore the ratio of nutrient to weight is skewed) others done just gram for gram can be misleading as leaves are very light in nature and therefore eating say, 100 grams of a leaf would be a much higher volume than 100 grams of a vegetable – we are not saying all claims or studies are distorted, just something to keep in mind as you read any claim.
- Yes, there are many studies showing great potential and we are all for exciting new foods with health benefits, but there isn’t one “end-all miracle food.” In our opinion, all foods are super in their own way!
- As with many exciting news in nutrition, more studies need to be done, especially clinical trials, before giving specific health claims.
All that being said, our overall thoughts are that this protein is a great supplement with lots of positive nutritional qualities! However, as with all supplements, it should not replace whole foods. That being said, if you’re looking for a way to increase protein intake in a convenient form, this looks like a great option from our point of view.