Protein Shakes - What's The Story Part I

There are so many articles written and statements made about Protein Shakes - how is one supposed to weed through the information?  In this Gear Beast Blog Mini-Series we will explore Protein Shakes and try to answer a series of popular questions.  If you have additional questions send them our way and we will attempt to answer them!

Are Protein shakes right for you? What's in them, and what should you look for if you're trying to choose one?

Almost everyone can get enough protein from foods. Healthy adults should get about 45 to 56 grams of protein a day. If you workout regularly, you may need more calories and protein -- from any source.

According to the International Society of Sports Nutrition, Protein Shakes are used mainly by athletes who need nourishment right after their workouts. Protein shakes can range in their protein content, but all contain some carbohydrates and maybe a little fat. They come a variety flavors in powder form or in ready-to-drink packages, such as cans or foil packs.

Choosing a Protein Shake - Read The Label

Protein shakes vary in protein content. If you are trying to build mass, muscle or bulk upIf you're a body builder, look for drinks with a bit more protein. If you're an endurance athlete, like a marathoner, you may favor drinks with more carbs as they will provide more energy. If your goal is to lose body fat, change to a protein shake that's mainly protein, has fewer carbohydrates, and only a little bit of fat.  Regardless of your objective be sure the product is more than 50% protein if your goal is body fat loss.

Protein shakes use different types of protein in varying amounts. They may include:

  • Milk
  • Whey
  • Casein
  • Egg
  • Soy
  • Rice

The source of the protein and how it's purified during manufacturing may affect how well your body can use it.

Although it's best to get protein through your diet, supplementing it with a combination of whey and casein is a good choice, as long as you tolerate dairy well, because both come from milk. Soy protein is another option. It's a plant-based protein. It's as effective as most animal sources of protein. Soy is also rich in nutrients.

In our next Blog Entry we will share some recipes - if you have one that you like, send it our way!