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Protein Powders 101

March 27, 2017

Many people ask me about protein supplements and which protein powders they should use. It really is a personal decision when you decide to use supplements. I hope the information below will help you decipher which is best for you should you chose the protein powder course. There are many types of protein powders, made from a variety of sources. It can be confusing to figure out which will provide the best results. I'd like to start with the basics of protein powders to help you on your nutrition journey. Not everyone will benefit from taking supplements but it will help to have some basic understanding.


What Are Protein Powders?

Protein powders are concentrated sources of protein from animal or plant foods.

Here are three common forms of protein powders on the market today:

  • Protein concentrates

  • Protein isolates

  • Protein hydrolysates


I am sure you've seen these different types of protein powders in the super markets and nutrition shops around town. Now for the decision of which to use and why I should use them anyway.


Why add a Protein Powder to my diet?

Athletes and people who regularly lift weights may find that using protein powder supplements helps them maximize muscle gain and fat loss. It also benefits individuals who find it difficult to meet protein needs with food alone during the course of their day.


Here are seven common types of protein powders:


1. Whey Protein

Whey protein comes from milk.


2. Casein Protein

Like whey, casein is a protein found in milk. However, it is digested and absorbed much more slowly.


3. Egg Protein

Eggs are well-known for being an excellent source of high-quality protein.


4. Pea Protein

Pea protein powder is relatively new and especially popular among vegetarians, vegans and people with allergies or     sensitivities to dairy or egg proteins. This protein is made from the yellow split pea.


5. Hemp Protein

Hemp protein powder is another plant-based supplement.


6. Brown Rice Protein

Protein powders made from brown rice have been around for years. They have been considered inferior to whey protein for muscle building.


7. Mixed Plant Proteins

Some protein powders contain a blend of plant sources.

Mixed plant protein powders usually contain a combination of the following:

-Brown rice, Pea, Hemp, Alfalfa, Chia seeds, Flax-seeds, Artichoke and Quinoa


Protein powders can provide high-quality protein in a concentrated form. In many cases the phrase “I don't have time to eat” is diminished by having these protein supplements ready to go during the day.

It's important for you to calculate how much protein you individually need before starting any protein powder. They can benefit those who strength train or find it difficult to meet protein needs with food alone. I personally use them to make sure I reach my daily protein goals  and have them ready to go on the fly when I need them during a busy day.

Here's to a week of health and feeling full of energy!




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