All ElementGold Plus+ and ElementGold Plus+ Vegan flavours contain the same base nutrients including protein as free-form amino acids.
Although important, the free-form amino acids do not provide enough of the body's protein requirements, particularly when trying to maintain weight. This is why ElementGold Plus+ and ElementGold Plus+ Vegan contain additional chains of proteins.
ElementGold Plus+ adds a premium form of Whey Protein Isolate.
ElementGold Plus+ Vegan adds protein derived from rice.
Read below for details about both types of protein.
ElementGold Plus+ has Whey Protein Isolate (WPI) added to complete the balance of protein and uses the highest quality WPI to minimise triggering of sensitive digestive systems and maximise protein quality.
Milk can be separated into the solid components and the liquid component known as whey. Whey contains about 12% protein which has excellent nutritional value but also has sugar (in the form of lactose), minerals and fats which are not desirable in an elemental food. There are various ways to extract the proteins from whey into a dry powder with different protein powders as a result:
- Whey protein concentrate contains around 70-80% protein.
- Whey protein isolate contains at least 90% protein.
- Whey protein isolate extracted using the Ion-Exchange method will contain at least 95% protein.
Unlike filtration and membrane methods, the Ion-Exchange process uses electrically-charged plastic beads to attract proteins, allowing the lactose, fats and minerals to be washed away. It is a gentle process that not only maximises the amount of protein extracted but minimises denaturing of the proteins.
The ElementGold Plus+ ingredients listing contains the phrase "CONTAINS MILK" in compliance with Australia/New Zealand Food Standards Code. This is required because the proteins added were isolated from milk whey.
In ElementGold Plus+, the purity of the protein, means that the components of milk that typically trigger digestive symptoms are removed or are at such low levels that they are extremely unlikely to cause problems. If your healthcare professional has directed you to avoid milk try to confirm the element of milk they are looking for you to avoid (such as lactose, casein, fats or minerals) and compare to the levels found in ElementGold. If the Whey Protein Isolate in ElementGold Plus+ is not suitable then consider ElementGold Plus+ Vegan, which uses a protein extracted from rice (see below for details).
Lactose One of the most common ingredients sufferers are looking to avoid is lactose. Lactose is the sugar found naturally in milk (just as fructose is the sugar found in fruit) and lactose sensitivity at some level is not uncommon.
A typical 325ml glass of regular milk (the same volume as a serve of ElementGold), contains 20.5g of lactose. A 325ml serve of ElementGold contains just 0.07g of lactose, meaning you would need to drink over 290 glasses of ElementGold to consume the same amount of lactose as a single glass of milk.
As your digestive system adjusts to food in an elemental form it is not uncommon to experience bloating or loose motion as you adjust (remembering there is no fibrous material in ElementGold). These symptoms are sometime attributed to lactose or other milk-related components but due to the type of WPI used, this is often not the cause. If you are unsure, please consult a healthcare professional.
The plant-based protein added to ElementGold Plus+ Vegan is derived from whole grain brown rice.
Protein is extracted from all layers of the whole grain rice (including bran, germ and endosperm). The extraction process uses low-heat to minimise denaturing of delicate proteins, is hexane-free and no other synthetic chemicals are used. The result is a high-quality plant-based protein comparable to whey protein isolate in terms of potential for building muscle.
Typically, the protein powder contains 86.8% protein, the remainder includes small amounts of fats, carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins and minerals, all of which are accounted for in the ElementGold Plus+ Vegan nutrition tables. The rice protein powder is less 'fluffy' than the whey protein isolate and takes up less space, which is why ElementGold Plus+ Vegan tubs are small than for the same amount of ElementGold Plus+.