TODAY’S EDGE: THE PROS AND CONS OF PROTEIN POWDER

 

Recently, CNN came out with a great article on the pros and cons of protein powers, and I wanted to give my quick take on the article.

 

The MOST IMPORTANT TAKEAWAY from this article is:

 

“Protein powders are really meant as a supplement. It’s still important to consume whole foods, because they provide a variety of nutrients as well as fiber.”

 

With that being said, here are some quick guidelines regarding protein consumption:

1-3 palm-sized portions of protein per meal (chicken, beef, fish, pork, etc.) should cover most of your protein needs.
·Unless you work out vigorously > 30 min or do heavy resistance training daily, you may not need to take a protein powder.
The added sugars and oils in some protein powders are more than just unnecessary calories – they can cause inflammation and joint soreness. This is why it’s important to look for a quality brand if you do use protein powders
If it comes down to a candy bar or a serving of high quality whey protein for a snack please choose the whey protein.
If you do regularly consume a protein powder, try to add fruits and veggies with it and make it a smoothie.
If you want muscle gain shoot for .6-1g of protein per pound you weigh. But keep in mind: everyone is different.

 

 

Protein powder is not by itself the answer to muscle gain.

 

Before you spend money on a protein powder as you seek muscle gain become great in the following areas:

Sleep more
Get sunlight exposure
Lift heavy stuff often and with good form
Eat more healthy calories from real food, especially animal or dairy protein surrounded by plenty of veggies

 

Source: http://www.tdathletesedge.com/blog/2017/7/14/protein-powder-pro-con

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