What are the whey protein pros and cons? Could whey protein lose those few extra fats? Why do we need whey protein supplements in our body? Does it really represent the best protein source for muscle-building nutrition? Should it be part of your muscle-building diet?
My friend Val, who drinks it everyday would want to provide you with information and facts about the unique nutritional benefits of whey protein shakes.
People often freak out when they see guys casually preparing a whey protein shake using the “scary and unnatural” powder from a big plastic jar. Some of them, who have lactose allergies, have a good reason to freak out. Yet, others do that only because the “organic culture” drew a very vivid stereotype for use of steroids, making any performance-enhancing food supplements appear as POISON. Nevertheless, folks that care enough to read about whey protein lose their fears and start using the substance themselves. Not always, of course, but at least they lose the prejudice attitude toward the ones who drink protein shakes. It is all because protein is a vital nutrition for human beings and whey protein is this same nutrition extracted from milk.
Here is some simple reasoning for inclusion of whey protein to diets (just common sense, it is not about growing muscles or enhancing performance in sports).
Depending on their weight, mature people need 60 grams and more of protein a day. There is really no upper bound for amount of protein a day as it is impossible to consume so much food. To get a dose of daily required protein (60 grams) you should consume a pound of red meet (which has a high concentration of protein in it). If you can eat two pounds – go for it; the protein you get from that meat will not do you any harm. If the amount of protein in one meal exceeds 40-45 grams there is a great chance that it will not be absorbed into your body. However, the surplus of other nutrition elements such as fat and carbs that come from meat and other food will cause you all sorts of problems. By eating grilled meat you get just a little bit fatter than you need. When oil is used to prepare the meat, you will get several daily doses of fat before receiving enough protein.
There is no way that this passage is meant to advocate the vegetarian life style. To the contrary, it is premised on the fact that nutrition of animal origin is usually absorbed better in our bodies than a vegetable or a fruit. The last two kinds of food just mentioned usually come with minuscule concentration of herbal protein that is hard to digest. Getting protein from milk is actually a very healthy idea. But the truth is that you will have to drink more than two gallons of milk a day to get enough protein.
This is where whey protein comes to the rescue. Concentrations of protein in the whey protein powder vary from 70 to 85 percent depending on products and manufacturers. One serving size of the powder gives 1/3 of the daily protein requirement, PLUS there is almost zero fat.
The other side of the medal here is the taste of the shake. Even though the whey protein products come in numerous flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, banana, and so on, the shake based on just powder and water still tastes pretty bad. But here is where the creativity comes in handy. Some whey protein “barmen”-guru mix the substance with fruit juices, some with drinking yogurts, others with hot coco or even green tee.
There can be as many tastes as there are those enthusiastic fellows who turned toward whey protein powder to diversify and balance their nutrition sources.