Understanding Protein Drinks

by Eva Martinez
(San Antonio, Texas, USA)

Today, more and more people are looking at protein drinks; they are being consumed by not only body builders but many other people who are watching their weight as well.

For body builders, taking one of these drinks is because they want to build their muscles and repair muscle tissues also; more body builders are using these drinks more than any other person out there because it can be great for an intense muscle workout. It is the same with athletes also, they go through an intense workout because the endurance for them has to be high and that is why these protein drinks are good.

For many types of protein drinks, they are usually found in powder form which you will have to go onto adding the water or making it into a normal milk shake. There are many different types available however which have egg protein, milk protein or soy protein as their main factor; however the best and one that is mostly used is the whey protein. The reason for this is because the body can take to this better than some of the others and the taste of these are better.

If you are trying to lose weight then having a few protein drinks into the diet can be a very good choice; that is because these protein shakes create a feeling of being full in the stomach. That will stop you from wanting to eat more because you are not going to feel hungry, however, if you are on a diet and are trying to add these drinks into the diet then look at them carefully so that you are not taking in any more calories than you need to. If you do take too much protein shakes then it could be bad for your kidney and have other problems also.

The best thing to always do is to look over and read every label carefully so that you can see all the information such as the calorie intake, what the fat count is and how many carbohydrates there are also for the protein you are drinking. If you are trying to lose some weight then it wouldn’t be wise to look for the drinks which have a high calorie or fat intake. Also check for the amount of sugar in the drinks also, you don’t want to take in too much sugar because this will affect your insulin status in your body and too much sugar is bad for this.

For the recommended daily in take of protein every day, it should be around forty six grams for women and a little higher for men at fifty six grams. That is what the experts say anyway and most have studied this for years so they know what they are talking about; remember your body can metabolize around five to around nine grams of protein every hour. Your protein levels should be looked at closely however because having a balanced diet can really help get the best protein levels; having a balanced diet of tofu, meat, fish and eggs can help.

Even if you are not an athlete who needs intense physical workouts then you don’t really need to take any protein drinks with your diet. Though these drinks can really be a good thing to take if you don’t always get to have a healthy or balanced diet, but if you eat pizza then you could take a protein drink instead and have a piece of fruit also with it. Your stomach will probably like this diet a little better and it wont feel too heavy on it either, there is quite a lot of energy with these protein drinks and fruit that it is wise to look at them.

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Updated: October 31, 2012 — 6:54 pm

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