The Power of Protein
I’ve been asked recently about protein powders and if everyone should take them. When people think of protein powders the first thought tends to be of sports people with large muscles.
Muscle building and repair
Protein powders are a convenient source of high-quality protein, essential for muscle building and repair. After exercise the various amino acids found in the proteins can help promote muscle recovery and growth.
Breakfasts were traditionally thought to be eaten like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. I find many people are not leaving time for a healthy breakfast. Drinking coffee for breakfast and throughout the morning does not supply the energy and nutrients needed to thrive.
Unfortunately, breakfast does seem to have become a carbohydrate feast. Cereals like rice crispies, granola, corn flakes and even porridge or wheat flake have a high carbohydrate content. This could be leading to a sugar high rollercoaster and subsequent energy dips. This is a possible path to diabetes.
Adding a high-quality protein supplement to fruit can avoid a sugar spike and is useful for those trying to balance their sugar levels. Choosing this as healthy convenient breakfast option or snack later in the day can be great for busy individuals. It’s a fast, portable way for eating on the go.
As a support to weight management adding protein is known to promote feelings of fullness and satiety. This can help reduce overall calorie intake can help support weight loss and maintain healthy BMI goals.
In addition, when the digestive system needs support with breaking down foods these supplements offer a concentrated easily absorbed source of protein. This may help these individuals who are challenged to meet their daily requirements more easily.
It is important to recognise the importance of the benefits of protein powder for many people. They should not be seen as a replacement for a well-balanced diet. Other sources of protein include meats, fish, dairy, eggs, legumes, seeds and nuts. These healthy foods should form the foundation of the daily protein intake.
There are various types of protein powder – whey, rice, hemp, Pumpkin seed, soya, or pea. Contact me to ensure that the type you choose aligns with your individual health and well-being goals.