As you may know from reading my Protein 101 blog, I am a supporter of consuming the nutrients you need by eating a variety of foods as close to their natural state as possible. I do have protein powder within my procession and I use it when I am exhausted after an evening workout. Also, when I simply cannot look at another piece of chicken or it is not feasible to ground lentils into the recipe I am making. My point is you can purchase a protein powder to supplement your protein intake but do not allow it to replace whole foods!
Important Information About Protein Powders
Manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements (protein powders fall into this category) are responsible for evaluating the safety of their products and the accuracy of their labels. The FDA can come into action to enforce this AFTER a product is on the market and AFTER a number of people have consumed the product. So, whatever protein powder you select look for one that has been third party tested and displays the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), or ConsumerLab (CL) certifications. These symbols display that the manufacturer took the additional steps necessary to ensure the purity and potency of their product.
Types of Protein Powders
The type of protein powder you select is going to start with you asking yourself if your primary goal is to build muscle or lose weight. Whey protein is going to be the top muscle building pick because it is highest in the amino acid leucine. If you cannot tolerate dairy then find out how much leucine is in the protein powder you are purchasing because it is a key amino acid for muscle growth and development. For weight loss you can aim to purchase a protein powder that does not have artificial ingredients, artificial colors, or added sugar. If you have additional health concerns, protein powder is available in Non GMO and Organic varieties!
Although protein powder offers a large dose of protein per serving, food offers a large dose of protein per serving too. So, foods first and supplement where needed second! Look for a third party tested protein powder, high in leucine, that fits your goals, and your specific health needs.
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