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    What Is Protein Powder?

    Previously protein powders were seen as fuel used by muscular people at the gym. But in recent years they have become increasingly popular with everyday people. Protein powder is a quick and easy way to make sure that your body is nourished and satisfied. There is a variety of reasons people use them including:
    • Losing weight
    • Improve sports performance
    • Build muscle mass

    What Are The Different Types Of Protein Powders?

    Protein powder can come in different forms including whey, soy and casein.

    Whey protein
    Whey protein is a milk-derived protein. If you are searching for whey protein, you may see it listed as isolate, concentrate, or hydrolysate. In this case, it simply means how the protein powder was processed. Whey is the most used as a protein powder. This is because it is a water-soluble milk protein. Because of this Whey protein is very versatile.
    Soy protein

    The protein powders made from soybeans are commonly referred to on labels as soy protein isolates or concentrates.

    Pea protein
    Peas can be made into protein powders, but not the common garden green variety. This powder is made from golden peas, which are part of the legume’s family.

    Flavored Protein Powders?

    While plain protein powder can be purchased (complete with no other ingredients), most powders are flavoured and sweetened for palatability, along with added vitamins and minerals.

    What Should My Daily Intake of Protein Be?

    While too much protein can be harmful to our kidneys and may put extra stress on our hearts. It is important that we do receive enough depending on our gender, age, and weight. The Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) suggest that men should consume 56 grams of protein per day while women consume 46 grams. Per kilogram of body weight, this equated to around 0.8 grams. There are occasions where you might not be receiving enough protein in your diet. This is where protein shakes and drinks can help.

    Why do we need protein?

    Protein plays an important role in our bodies. One of the most important roles protein plays is the growth and maintenance of tissue. Protein also helps provide structure. This type of protein is more fibrous and forms connective structures in your body. Another role of protein is to help form immunoglobulins, or antibodies, to fight infection. This in turn helps boost your immune system health. One of the most important aspects of protein is that it can supply you with energy. Protein is a great source of carbohydrates.

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