New Year-New Start-New You (Protein Powders Explained) Not Just For Bodybuilders
Protein is an important component of every cell in the body. Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.
Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is a "macronutrient," meaning that the body needs relatively large amounts of it. Vitamins and minerals, which are needed in only small quantities, are called "micronutrients." But unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body does not store protein, and therefore has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply.
Protein has become incredibly popular in recent years as people use this macro nutrient for weight loss and muscle building.The body uses protein to repair muscles and allows them to grow back,bigger and stronger.No matter what your fitness goals,protein provides your muscles with fuel they need for your workouts.
When you eat protein, up to 25% of the calories are burned off during digestion, in addition protein is a great appetite suppressant and can reduce hunger cravings between meals.
Protein Powders Explained
Whey protein (a by-product in the process of turning milk into cheese).
Casein (also from dairy)
- Fast releasing- great for post workout
- Many flavours available
- Only cons being that it contains lactose and some brands put in artificial ingredients so make sure you check the labels.
Casein is more expensive than whey, not brilliant for post workout as it's slow releasing, can clog respiratory system and contains an allergen (milk).
Soy protein a protein isolated from soybeans
- Similar to whey but is slow releasing therefore is perfect before bed but can be used anytime of day.
- Many flavours available
Be sure to look at the labels on soy protein powders, it can often be GMO (genetically modified) Soy which you should avoid. It's also good to know that soy protein can have an effect on hormone levels in some people.
- May improve immune system
- May promote bone health
- May prevent cardiovascular disease and reduce risk of certain cancers.
unfortunately, rice protein can be deficient in some amino acids.
Good source of complete carbohydrates,vitamin B and fibre.
Hemp protein is one of the most expensive forms of protein but with the health benefits it provides you are getting way more than just protein, so please don't be put off by the price.
Pea Protein - Extracted from the yellow pea
- Contains 21 amino acids
- High in fibre
Pea protein is unfortunately similar to rice protein and is deficient in some amino acids.
- Easily digestible
- Few additive or artificial ingredients
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