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What are plant-based protein sources? - An overview

In this article, we provide an overview of the various plant-based protein sources. We also show you which foods contain the most plant-based protein and what the best vegan proteins are.

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What are the best plant-based protein sources?

The myth of the strong meat eater has been around for hundreds of years. However, more and more athletes and nutrition-conscious people are now switching to plant-based protein sources .

Numerous sports legends such as bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger or soccer star Serge Gnarby, are already on a vegan diet and cover their protein requirements with plant-based protein sources.

In the following 2-3 minutes you will first get an overview of the best plant-based protein sources and then find out which vegan proteins are particularlysuitablefor athletes and nutrition-conscious people .

What are plant-based protein sources?

The number of plant-based protein sources is almost endless! Generally speaking, legumes, seeds and nuts in particular contain larger amounts of protein. "For example, 100 grams of pumpkin seeds have more protein than the same amount of red low-fat meat or chicken."

The best plant-based sources of protein

(All figures are on average per 100g)

Protein-rich legumes

  • Soybeans(36g)
  • Lupins (36.2g)
  • Peanuts (30g)
  • Red lentils (23.9g)
  • White beans (23.4g)
  • Green peas (23.1g)
  • Kidney beans (22.5g)
  • Chickpeas (20.5g)

Protein-rich seeds

  • Pumpkin seeds (37g)
  • Sunflower seeds (27g)
  • Hemp seeds (25g)
  • Linseed(25g)
  • Apricot kernels (24.5g)
  • Pine nuts (24g)
  • Blue poppy seeds (20g)
  • Chia seeds (17g)

Protein-rich nuts

  • Cashew nuts (29.3g)
  • Almonds (25g)
  • Pistachios (21g)
  • Cedar nuts (19.1g)
  • Brazil nuts (17g)
  • Walnuts (17g)
  • Hazelnuts (12g)
  • Macadamia nuts (9.3g)

We use these protein sources in our protein powder

Our multi-component protein powder consists of 5 perfectly balanced components (pea, rice, hemp, pumpkin seed and linseed protein). This means that we can offer optimum value, a creamy consistency and a delicious taste like no other. It is also important to pay attention to the quality of the ingredients in vegan protein, as the soil in which they are grown is often contaminated with pesticides and heavy metals. That's why we only use organic ingredients.

Our TOP 5 plant-based protein sources


Pea protein

Pea protein is obtained by drying and pulverizing green or yellow peas and is rich in Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs). These branched-chain amino acids valine, leucine and isoleucine are particularly important for effective muscle regeneration.

At a glance:

  • 80% protein content
  • High-quality isolate
  • Vegan, lactose-free and gluten-free
  • Contains B vitamins, potassium, folic acid and fiber
  • Rich in amino acids (especially arginine, lysine and glutamine as well as leucine, isoleucine and valine(BCAA) )
  • Naturally contains almost no sugar (0.4g per 100g)

Rice protein is extracted from the whole grain of rice. Natural germination and fermentation processes increase the protein content in the rice grain, resulting in a highly concentrated protein .

The amino acid profile of rice protein is among the highest quality of all vegetable protein sources. The values of the 3 BCAA are extraordinarily high. Isoleucine and valine are even present in rice protein in higher quantities than in the conventional 100 percent whey proteins.

  • 80% protein content
  • High-quality isolate
  • Vegan, lactose-free and gluten-free
  • Contains B vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, folic acid, biotin, choline and inositol
  • Extremely rich in almost all amino acids
  • 60% protein content
  • High-quality concentrate
  • Vegan, lactose-free and gluten-free
  • Locally grown
  • Rich in important fatty acids, minerals and vitamins
  • Contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids
  • Free from trypsin inhibitors (these block protein absorption in the intestine and are contained in soy protein, for example)
  • Rich in BCAA and other amino acids


Linseed protein

Flaxseeds are the sustainable chia seeds! Even if they are not as much in the hype as the small grains from Central America, they are still on a par in terms of nutrients. They even contain a little more protein! The seeds are sourced locally from Europe and are rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Flaxseeds contain more omega-3 fatty acids than the same amount of fish!
Like chia seeds, ground linseed swells on contact with water.

At a glance:

  • 30-40% protein content
  • Vegan, lactose-free and gluten-free
  • Locally grown
  • Contains very high amounts of essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids
  • Source of calcium, magnesium and iron
  • Rich in vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E, as well as folic acid
  • Contains lignans
  • Fiber bomb


Pumpkin seed protein

Pumpkin seeds are among the seeds richest in protein. Their protein content even exceeds that of soy, chicken and other meat! In a gentle process, the pumpkin seeds are first roasted and then ground into a fine flour.

At a glance:

  • 60% protein content
  • High-quality concentrate
  • Vegan, lactose-free and gluten-free
  • Locally grown
  • Rich in phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, iron and copper
  • Contains high amounts of omega-3, omega-9 and vitamin K
  • Contains all amino acids
  • Source of fiber