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Tips for Choosing the Best Protein Powder for You

January 14, 2017


Tips for Choosing the Best Protein Powder for You

Protein powders are a quick way to help ensure that your body is nourished and satisfied. People use them for a variety of reasons — to lose weight, to improve sports performance and build muscle mass, and for overall wellness.

How do you know which protein powder is best to meet your personal health goals? It’s important to know the difference between available protein powders as well as how they stack up against whole food protein sources.

Whole foods vs. protein powder

You can meet your body’s daily protein requirements whether you drink shakes or eat only whole foods. However, they don’t offer equal nutrition.

Protein powders are to be used as a filler not as a replacement meal.
What you may find surprising is that shakes generally contain fewer nutrients than whole foods. For that reason, shakes may help you lose weight at first, but whole foods can offer a bigger nutritional punch.

Protein types and uses

Whey protein is one of the most commonly used proteins. Whey protein has casein in it, google the side effects of casein.

Soy protein is another common choice. Know that most likely Soy is a 100% GMO not a good choice.

Other types of protein include:

• Egg protein, released more slowly than whey, can be taken throughout the day. Not our choice.
• Milk proteins help support immune function and enhance muscle growth. Also has casein in it.

We use Vegetable protein only.

• Rice protein, which is 100 percent plant-based, is a good choice for vegetarians or for people who don’t consume dairy products. It’s also gluten-free.
• Pea protein is highly digestible, hypo-allergenic, and economical.
• Hemp protein is also 100 percent plant-based. It’s a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.
• Lose weight — To lose weight, choose shakes with no added sugars or dextrins/maltodextrins (sweeteners made from starch). Don’t choose those with added branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), a good vegetable protein will also promote muscle gain.
• Stay vegetarian or vegan — If you are vegetarian or vegan, don’t choose milk-based protein shakes (e.g., whey, milk proteins); instead use 100 percent plant proteins.
• Go low-sugar with diabetes — Patients who have diabetes should choose protein shakes without added sugar (don’t choose protein powders with sugar listed as one of the first three ingredients). It’s also best to look for a shake that’s low in carbohydrates (less than 5 grams per serving) a good vegetable protein powder.
• Limit protein for kidney disease — People with kidney disease can’t tolerate a lot of protein at one time. Stick with powders that have a lower-range protein content (10-15 grams per serving). A good vegetable protein powder.
• Avoid gastrointestinal problems — Patients with irritable bowel syndrome or lactose intolerance should choose powders that don’t contain lactose sugars, artificial sweeteners or dextrins/maltodextrins. If you have a gluten allergy or sensitivity, don’t choose powders that contain gluten. A good vegetable protein powder.

Like I said Protein powders are a filler only it is not to replace your whole foods, it is to be used in between meals. The public seems to think that massive amounts of protein is to be consumed to build muscle mass, that is not true, I am 65 years old I consume around 80 grams of vegetable proteins per day and still increasing my strength, with half the calories I used to eat. Why is that? I am utilizing more of the nutrients I am consuming because I have changed the type of water I am drinking, check out what these professional coaches are saying about hydrating with electrolyzed reduced water for weight loss and recovery after a hard training session

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