Protein supplements are about as mainstream now as candy bars.
Five or Ten years ago the only people that took protein supplements were bodybuilders. Well today you see protein shakes and bars everywhere you go. It seems like just about everyone is using protein supplements. This is no surprise as protein supplements have so many benefits
Protein Supplement Benefits:
- Provides your muscles with all the nutrients it needs to rebuild and grow
- Low calories – most protein supplements contain only a couple grams of carbs and fat so your getting a lot of protein with very few calories
- super convenient – add some water, milk or juice then shake it up and your good to go
- great tasting – there are soo many flavors to choose from
- endless options – you can make protein smoothie’s, pankakes, oatmeal……. the list goes on
Who should take protein supplements?
I believe everyone should have about 20-30 grams of protein in the morning to start off their day. This keeps you full and satisfied longer so you will stick to your diet. In addition by replacing your typical high carb cereal or muffin breakfast with a protein shake you help your body maintain a leaner physique.
Now you can’t always make an omelette in the morning so a protein shake is a great alternative.
Unfortunately Not all Protein Supplements Were Created Equal!
The truth is that many protein supplements out there contain harmful ingredients such as – surcralose, aspartame, artificial colors/flavors and hidden sources of MSG that kill your brain cells.
I have no idea why they put all these chemicals into what is suppossed to be a HEALTH SUPPLEMENT. This just seems CRAZY to me. However due to the demand for healthier alternatives some companies have finally started to smarten up and produce Healthy Protein Shakes that still Taste Great.
Now lets take a look at the different categories of protein supplements:
Whey protein is a great protein supplement that is derived from cows milk. Whey protein is fast absorbing so its great to have after your workout or in the morning when your muscles are really craving that protein. In addition whey protein contains a full spectrum of amino acids for optimal performance. The only disadvante is that there is a possibility of causing food related allergies to people who are sensitive to animal products.
Whey Protein Recommendation