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Vary Your Protein Powders

From eNewsletter 5/8/2019

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VARY YOUR PROTEIN POWDERS

Bonnie & Steve: One of the most frequent questions we get from clients is about protein powder. 


Which Protein Powder Is the Best?

Would you be surprised if our usual response is, "it depends upon your individual needs"? While animal protein is better than plant protein in most cases, it truly depends upon your individual needs. That's why we like to look at your file first to see which sources(s) are ideal for you. The two most bioavailable forms of protein powder are whey and egg, but that does not mean they are best for everybody.


How Often Should I Consume Protein Powder?

Unless medically necessary, we don't recommend consuming protein powder every day. If you are consuming it every day, it is always a good idea to mix up your protein powders so you're not eating the same kind every day. This lessens the potential for developing an allergy.


What Should I Look for on the Ingredient Label?

The less ingredients, the better. Ideally, the only ingredient should be the actual protein itself. Try to use flavorless protein powder so it takes on the flavor of whatever you're mixing it with.

If you see the word isolate or hydrolyzed on the label, avoid it. This means the protein was denatured and put through an extraction process, which use harsh chemicals and substances such as monosodium glutamate during processing. Isolating and hydrolyzing also enhance the potential for allergic reaction. We prefer protein concentrates.


Final Word

It's always a good idea to eat protein as part of your plated meal. That said, we know this is not feasible for those with specific medical conditions, athletes, and picky eaters. If you're a smoothie person, try to consume once or a few times weekly, not every day.


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