Are you a fan of your daily protein shake? Perhaps you blend your favourite chocolate or latte flavour in with a banana, some ice and nut butter for your morning breakfast, giving yourself a big pat on the back because you have started your day with a protein-rich breakfast. I hate to break it to you but protein powders are just another form of crap we put into our bodies under the false belief that they are healthy.
Protein powders, no matter how “healthy” the label makes them sound (gluten free, vegan, non GMO…) are highly processed. They are certainly not natural either – have you ever read the list of ingredients on mainstream brands? Any ingredients you can’t pronounce? I thought so. What’s more, these powders are often heated to high temperatures, which cause the protein to lose its crucial characteristics, meaning than when digested by the body, the body is actually unable to recognise it as protein and utilise it accordingly.
The most popular brands of protein powders are often full of trigger elements/allergens – think soy, whey (milk) and other harmful nasties, including chemicals and sweeteners. Whey protein isolate is a by-product of cheese, and is the clear liquid used after the milk has curdled. It is commonly used to feed pigs. Whey protein isolate can be very difficult for the body to digest, which is the precise reason why protein powder manufacturers have to use additives to make the powder easier to mix with liquid.
If this wasn’t enough, most protein powders are packed to the brim with either sugar or artificial sweeteners. If you check the calorie count on the label, most pack upwards of 100 calories per serving, and that’s not counting the other stuff you mix it with.
It is so easy to obtain protein from real food, not artificial and heavily processed powders. If you are vegetarian or vegan and therefore worried about protein sources in your diet, try quinoa, which is very high in protein, as well as hemp seeds, chia seeds, legumes and nuts. We are under a misconception that we need tonnes of animal protein in our diets to function, however this is simply not true – only about one calorie out of every 10 we take in should come from protein. This is a vast difference from the quantities that most people believe we need to consume.
It is time to ditch the protein powder, along with all the other processed and highly refined junk in your pantry. Fuel your body instead with real, whole foods and you can thrive naturally, without this muck. It will save you a tonne of money in the process too.