What's the Difference Between Whey and Plant-Based Protein

Isolate and Plant-Based Proteins

When it comes to choosing a protein, many of us have certain expectations and requests such as flavor, protein content, sugar content, protein base and dietary factors. Supplementing protein into your diet can increase muscle performance, boost recovery from your workouts, boost your metabolism, help to define and tone your body and even support weight loss. If you're confused about what protein powder you should invest in, reading below will explain the differences between whey isolate protein and pea protein.

The Main Difference

The primary way to differentiate between plant-based protein powder and whey isolate protein powder is that isolate contains lactose from milk, whereas plant-based protein powders do not. The lactose ingredient is substituted with various types of plants, such as brown rice, pea, soy, and hemp. 

Protein contents

Regarding the amount of protein in these two products, isolate powder and plant-based powder tends to contain around the same amount of protein. Here at Boba Nutrition, our isolate protein powder contains a bit more grams of protein than our plant-based protein powder.

Effectiveness on muscle growth


Some would claim that isolate protein powder tends to have more effective for muscle growth due to the BCAA's which are found in the powder. This is a very small amount, and most would conclude that both plant-based and isolate protein are great for muscle growth.

Which should you choose?

When it comes down to choosing which one is right for you, it really depends on your personal preferences, dietary restraints and fitness goals. We recommend our plant-based protein as it has our great bubble tea flavours as opposed to the other plant-based proteins in the market, which can tend to have a chalky taste. If you don't have any dietary restraints the best option for you will be our whey protein.