There are cases where taking a protein supplement is warranted.
With that said, I personally don't use protein powders.
If you decide you still want or need to take protein power supplements, then I share the ingredients you DO NOT want in your protein powders, the sources you don't want your protein from and the better sources you want to look for.
As promised in the video above, here are more details:
These are produced by extracting protein from whole foods using heat, acids are enzymes. Protein concentrates typically are 60-80% protein with the remaining 20-40% being fat and carbs.
Protein isolates are filtered to remove more of the fats and carbs. Make sure if you are taking a protein isolate is is cold pressed, as further heating causes denaturing of the proteins (less natural).
Protein hydrolysates are further processed, causes the bonds to break between the amino acids. This makes them even smaller and easier to absorbed, but again, further processing causes further denaturing. Plus, hydrolysates act more like carbs in that they can raise insulin levels more than other forms of protein. This may be advised for muscle growth if you are working out hard, but not as healthy.
As for the different protein sources:
Soy protein powder is made from defatted soybeen flakes that have been washed in either alcohol or water to remove the sugars and fiber. They are then dehydrated and powdered. To defat the soybeans by extraction, solvents like hexane are used, leaving a residue in the protein powder. Not healthy. Hexane is used in gasoline, glue, varnishes and inks. It's a cleaning agent. Look up the medical advise if hexane is ingested....
Plus soy contains "anti-nutrients" that may reduce the availability of minerals like calcium, iron and zinc. Soy is also a phytoestrogen, meaning it can disrupt the natural hormone levels in your body. There is concern that it can increase one's risk of breast cancer or affect male reproductive hormones.
Whey Protein -
Whey, a byproduct of cheese production, used to be known as the "healing water". However, in modern cheese and yogurt production, whey is a waste product that needed to rid of. Over pasteurization and use of chemicals destroyed the healing properties. Instead of paying for it's removal, industries flavored and marketed it as a "health" product.
So what is a good source?
Pea Protein is my favorite as it is mechanically processed (so not denatured) and has all of the essential amino acids. It is not on the common allergen list.
Hemp is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and several essential amino acids.
Almond powder is a good source if you are not allergic to nuts.
What is the best the best protein source?
Making your own from natural sources…
Make egg, banana, milk shakes. Eggs have the highest protein digestibility.
As long as your calories in are larger than your caloric output and you are working out your muscles, your muscles will bulk.
The trick is finding that fine line of building by micro-tearing and not tearing your muscles to the damaging point. Build your muscles without causing tendinitis, sprains or strains. You want good pain (muscle growth) not bad pain (muscle damage).
And you don't want to gain the unhealthy type of weight (belly fat).
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