For some people, consuming the necessary amount of protein on a daily basis in order to build & maintain muscle can be challenging. That’s why having a good protein powder on hand can be so beneficial.
Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues, as well as to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein helps you manage your weight as it keeps you feeling fuller longer than the other macronutrients. It can also help improve your mood, stabilize blood sugar levels, promote healthy brain functioning and learning, protect your heart health, and slow aging.
Protein powders choice is really based on personal preference and dietary restrictions; however, there are some basic things to keep in mind when purchasing. So what should you look for when choosing a protein powder?
Whey is the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained. It is a byproduct of the manufacturing of cheese or casein and has several commercial uses.
If you are leaning in the direction of a whey protein powder, I suggest purchasing one that is grass-fed whey in order to ensure that it is NON GMO.
There are so many possibilities when it comes to plant based protein: peas, hemp, goji berry, etc. Again, this comes down to personal preference.
Egg White Based
Say NO to artificial sweeteners such as Sucralose, Aspartame, or Saccharin.
Stevia is a natural sweetener made from an herbal plant. Stevia extract is about 200 times sweeter than sugar, so a little goes a long way. Most people do well with stevia, but listen to your body because stevia is an herb and each person’s body may react differently to it. The benefits and possible side effects really depend upon what type stevia you choose to consume. The “best” kind of stevia is green leaf stevia.
I suggest opting for a protein powder with very little to no sweeteners because you can add your own sweetness and flavors by mixing it in with your homemade smoothie! :)
Other things to look for:
Although protein is an important part of your diet, you should maintain a healthy distribution between all of your macronutrients. Studies have shown that there is no real benefit to consuming more than 1.6 grams of protein per 1 kg of bodyweight, and in fact, consuming too much protein can cause adverse health issues.
I personally like to use Vital Proteins Collagen Peptide Protein Powder.
Candice Canace Rulnick has been a NASM certified personal trainer since 2014. She specializes in women's fitness, weight loss, and overall health and wellness. Candice offers personal training to women in Charlotte, NC and also provides home and gym workouts through her online training app.
Candice Canace Rulnick has been a NASM certified personal trainer since 2014. She specializes in women's fitness, weight loss, functional anatomy and overall health and wellness. Candice offers one-on-one personal training and small group training to women in Charlotte, NC. She also provides home and gym workouts through her online training app.