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 sportspeople with large muscles. However, many of my recommendations include improving breakfast choices. Quality proteins have a role to play in making changes that last.
Muscle building and repair
Protein powders are a convenient source of high-quality protein, essential for muscle building and repair. Following intense exercise, the various amino acids found in the proteins can help promote muscle recovery and growth. They are found in forms that are usually easily digestible.
Breakfasts were traditionally thought to be eaten like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. I find that 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, cornflakes, and even porridge or wheat flake have a high carbohydrate content. Firstly, this might result in a sugar high, causing a roller-coaster effect. Subsequently, sugar and energy levels would decrease as the body would metabolize the sugar. When this pattern is repeated, 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. For busy individuals, this makes a great choice as a healthy, convenient breakfast option or snack later in the day. It’s a fast, portable way to eat on the go.
As a support for weight management, adding protein is known to promote feelings of fullness and satiety. This can help reduce overall calorie intake, support weight loss, and maintain healthy BMI goals.
In addition, when the digestive system needs support breaking down foods, these supplements offer a concentrated, easily absorbed source of protein. This may help these individuals, who are challenged, meet their daily requirements more easily.
Beware of extra health claims linked to the power of protein. Always check for added ingredients and extra sugars in the form of carbohydrates.
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.
Additionally, there are various types of protein powder: whey, rice, hemp, pumpkin seed, soy, or pea. Try using high-protein flours like gram, chickpea or lentils which reduces the carbohydrate load.
Contact me to ensure that the type you choose aligns with your individual health and well-being goals.