Whey protein vs. soy protein

By pasumner Latest Reply 2012-09-03 15:52:55 -0500
Started 2012-08-29 04:49:36 -0500

I am sure this has been addressed/discussed here, but what is better? I have read that the whey protein will cause spikes in blood sugar worse than white bread will. That soy protein is a better choice, especially with diabetics. Anyone have any help, experience and/or resources you can point me too? Feel free to shoot me an email if you wish to keep it out of here, I have no issue with that. Thanks!

19 replies

MrsCDogg 2012-09-03 15:52:55 -0500 Report

Persoaly, I try my best to stay away from all soy products unless they are fermented. Soy is one of the most heavily genetically modified foods on the market. So if I have the choice I will always pick whey.

judy makowski
judy makowski 2012-09-03 12:01:11 -0500 Report

I use whey powder because I can't eat soy. I mix it in with yogurt and milk for smoothies and milk and ice and fruit with some Splenda for milkshake and have had no problems with it. There is another product out ther that is a clear liquid called instapure. It has 160 cal and 40 grams of protein. I have to use this since my surgery. It can be bought on line or at health food stores but it is pricy. Anywhere from 3.75 to 5.oo per bottle. The taste isn't to bad and it comes in lots of flavors. I use the cholate and plain whey for smoothies, shakes and add it to potatoes etc for added protein.

Ladida 35
Ladida 35 2012-09-01 20:11:09 -0500 Report

If you are aware of the Eat Right For Your Blood Type books and web site and know what blood type you are that will help you decide what is better for you. I have followed this plan for 11 years. What it amounts to is that certain foods are like medicine and more beneficial to your body. I am an O and soy is preferable for me. I believe whey protein is derived from dairy. It's amazing how this plan benefits a person. There's a FB page for it also. Dairy and wheat are things I should avoid and lots of people have difficulty with them.

pasumner 2012-08-30 13:42:22 -0500 Report

I have bought and am trying I believe 4 different products now to see about taste, etc. The ones I have are actually quite a bit more than just protein, although they contain anywhere from 14g to 21g per serving. They also have a broad vitamin and mineral spectrum as well as amino acids, and some fiber as well as other natural (they say) nutritional ingredients. I am seeing if they will help not just in protein to help curb some of my horrendous appetite, but nutritionally as well, for my diet in general (not replacement shakes-cannot stand those. they don't do anything for you long term). At any rate, I had read that the whey protein caused spikes and I figured if it did, I did not need that in trying to keep sugar under control.I do appreciate all the answers and help ya'll offered.

Nana_anna 2012-08-29 13:41:46 -0500 Report

I have been offered to try Whey, but refused. My stomach is sensitive to powder and liquids shakes. I don't know why. I wish it wasn't.

GabbyPA 2012-08-29 11:00:09 -0500 Report

If you can get non-GMO soy then that can be the way to go. That is the problem in and of itself, the GMO part. If it is USDA organic sealed, then you should be GMO free.

I use a whey product that I find has a good taste and if I use it just once a day, I have not noticed any spikes with it. I keep the addition of berries or coconut water to a minimum and I don't sweeten it.

tabby9146 2012-08-30 11:17:21 -0500 Report

what brand of whey do you use Gabby? I have often thought of buying it, and making shakes but never have yet.thanks

GabbyPA 2012-08-30 20:24:37 -0500 Report

I have tried several and this is my favorite one:

Jillian Michales Natural Whey Protein
Vanilla Cream flavor
100 calories
7g carbs (17 if I use coconut water)
3g fiber
15g protein

It is sweetened with stevia extract, though there is fructose listed also in the ingredients

When I mix mine, I use coconut water for the liquid and usually some kind of frozen berry. I need to get in the habit of using them every day, but right now it is a replacement for when I am craving ice cream or something sweet.

Nick1962 2012-08-31 08:12:49 -0500 Report

Actually, I bet if you put that in an ice cream maker it would make an acceptable substitute.
I gotta ask Gabby, I'm always willing to rethink my position on things, but what part does whey protein play for you? When i was using it it was partly to stem the dawn effect, and to get protein in me faster because I was exercising pretty hard.

GabbyPA 2012-08-31 21:18:36 -0500 Report

I use it for the protein. It is a fairly low calorie high protein and low carb. Some people even cook with it, but I have never tried it. I am not good with substitute meals, so I use them as glucose lowering attempts.

Nick1962 2012-09-01 12:09:12 -0500 Report

So I would gues you're not a big meat eater then? My wife is protein deficient, and I was wondering if it's a female thing because my levels are good and we both eat about the same amount of meat.

GabbyPA 2012-09-01 20:54:30 -0500 Report

No, I love meat. I eat it every day. I would say at least 4-6 oz a day, in meat or eggs. I just really have to curb the carbs and protein is one of my ways of getting around them.

pasumner 2012-08-31 09:59:56 -0500 Report

Thanks. I will take a look at it. By the way, the soy protein in the products I am using/trying is non-GMO say, if that helps. My dietary lifestyle over the almost 25 past years has been so horrid, I think I have gotten my entire system in a nasty funk, just bad. I am seeing if I can change that not only with a cleaned up better diet, but if supplements can help as well. My work schedule has me rotating shifts at all hours of the day every 4 weeks, so it has been hard to get on a regular schedule, but I am trying. I appreciate the info from everybody, it is helping. Thanks!

Nick1962 2012-08-31 14:47:06 -0500 Report

Sounds like you are where I was. I did shift work 20 years and was a 'culinary disposall". Now that I've got something more routine, and have started a much healthier eating pattern, I have kind of become anti-supplement unless there is a deficiency. I like to know that should the unexpected happen (like a sudden lunch invitation, or coming across an interesting food on vacation), I don't have to rely on having a supplement available

jayabee52 2012-08-29 10:45:07 -0500 Report

in my case soy protein is contrainciicated for my situation for two reasons: # 1, I have kidney disease and I must avoid soy products (in fact,any dry bean) due to their containing high levels of potassium, # 2 soybeans contain an estrogen like hormone and I avoid it because my body is estrogen dominant and I don't want to further tip the hormonal balance than it is already messed up. .

ConnieMarie 2012-08-29 08:54:26 -0500 Report

i found a zero carb protein called nectar by syntrax at the health food store - lots of flavors & you can get a sample pack online to try before deciding what flavors to buy. i've tried many proteins & some just taste nasty! good luck!

Nick1962 2012-08-29 08:01:26 -0500 Report

I experimented with protein powders early on and it depends on what you’re using them for. Each type, whey, soy, casein, egg, all work slightly differently. Some go straight to muscle building, others are for endurance. Whey has been shown to bulk you up, which if you’re trying to lose weight is counter-productive, because while you may be increasing muscle mass, you have to maintain it or you just become flabby again. I used them as a night snack to stave off the dawn effect, but only until I got my diet figured out. The formula they come in is what makes them tough on diabetics. Usually lots of sugar and carbs, so if you use them as a meal replacement, they can be useful, but you miss out on a lot of vitamins and minerals found in natural foods.
Sorry, no single easy answer here.