Supplements including protein powder are exactly what they say they are – asupplement to a healthy whole food diet – not a reason to keep eating junk food and hope that the supplements you are taking will counteract the lack of whole food nutrition that is so common in today’s diet. Some of the supplements are so low in quality they have the opposite intended effect – rather than provide readily available nutrients they take nutrients from the body in order to process them ! Protein powders being one of the main offenders…
If you think your Protein shake is helping you
to grow muscle mass – Read on!
#1 Protein Powders Are Highly Processed
The process of making protein powders often leaves a highly denatured protein, rendering it more-or-less useless as a health supplement in comparison to a whole food protein source. During processing the proteins are heated to a point that makes it difficult for our bodies to recognize it as food. Additionally many manufactures add synthetic and toxic ingredients to their products including aspartame, saccharin, fructose, and artificial colors. If you read the labels on most bulk protein blends you’ll see them there! Processed protein powders may also contain Mono-Sodium Glutamate (or MSG) in the form of protein isolates. This is because separating protein from its food source during manufacturing results in the creation of free glutamates. You won’t however see this in the list of ingredients because it is a by-product of manufacturing and does not have to be listed.
#2 Protein Isolate Powders Without Good Quality Fats Could Be Harmful To Your Health
Without the presence of good quality fats (in your protein blend and diet) your body is not able to assimilate and absorb many vital nutrients. This can lead to imbalances in Calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and Vitamin D. Some health issues associated with vitamin and mineral imbalances include heart arrhythmias, eye problems, bone loss, auto-immune disorders, thyroid issues, and kidney problems. Our bodies are designed to have a balanced array of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats in order to function optimally. This is why whole foods are designed by nature the way they are.
#3 Most Protein Powders Can Expose You To Harmful Levels of Heavy Metals
In a recent study of 15 protein drinks researchers found: “All drinks in our tests had at least one sample containing one or more of the following contaminants: arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury.” Even though the levels were relatively low, imagine consuming these products every day, sometimes 2-3 times a day as recommended by some health coaches. Alarmingly, the amount of lead in a single serving in 8 of the tested protein supplements would require a warning label.
So what’s the alternative? Whole food protein sources.
We recommend the regular recipes which includes 2 grams of protein, for everyday use along with a healthy balanced diet inclusive of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs, superfoods and natural organic animal products.
In putting this blend together we placed a significant amount of emphasis on:
WHOLE FOOD PROTEIN SOURCES,
HEALTHY NATURAL FATS and
NATURAL LOW GI SWEETENERS.
This results in a blend where the protein absorption and overall nutrient assimilation by the body is higher in comparison to most processed protein powders in the market place. There is also zero heavy metals in our blend due to the natural whole food formulation.