Many athletes, mainly bodybuilders take whey protein powder to maximize their protein intake. It is seen as a health food and is often found in health food stores and in the ‘health and wellbeing’ section of your supermarket but is it really a health supplement? And do you really need that much protein?
Whey Protein Is Really Not That Good For You
Firstly what is whey? It is a product of diary, it can be made by separating the caesin in milk or it is a by product of making cheese. The problem there is that milk is not all that good for you, not only are the cows feed antibiotics and hormones but the milk is often highly processed making it even more toxic to the body.
On top of that, once milk has been made into whey, most have lots of refined sugar and artificial flavors added. I have tried whey protein without the sugar and flavors and it was not very nice, so I can see why they do it. On top of that some leading whey protein brands were tested and they were found to have significantly high levels of cadium, arsenic and lead! How did that get in there?
Did you now that dairy inhibits the absorption of antioxidants? So it is not really a good idea to add whey protein to your fruit smoothies, forget about yoghurt or milk as well. If you really must drink whey then go for an organic unsweetened, unflavored variety, however you may not even need to supplement your diet with whey protein.
How Much Protein Do We Actually Need?
The amount of protein you actually need varies from person to person, The american college of sports medicine recommends 1.2 grams to 1.7 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. The top end of that range is for very serious athletes and body builders.
There was a survey done in Australia showing that the average Australian male already eats 1.2 grams and the average female 1.1 grams of protein per kilogram body weight. These are average people not serious athletes. The Australian diet is pretty much your average western diet, (heaps of meat) so chances are you are already getting enough protein. It is very rare for someone in a developed western country to suffer from lack of protein. If you eat more protein than your body needs then it just gets turned into fat any way.
If you are a body builder or serious athlete then all that training is going to increase your appetite therefore the extra food you will eat will increase your protein intake. If you are concerned about how much protein you are getting there are much healthier alternatives to whey.
Healthy Alternatives To Whey Protein
Brown Rice Protein – This is one of the more popular alternatives to whey and when compared to whey protein it was found to have the same results without all the nasty additives. Make sure you go for an organic brown rice protein that has been sweetened by a healthy alternative to sugar, or not sweetened at all, you can do that by adding it your fruit smoothie.
Hemp Seed Protein – This is a very healthy protein source, the protein content is not quite as high as whey or rice protein but hemp seed protein contains a lot of beneficial nutrients. It is most known for it’s perfect ratio of essential fatty acids, it contains the perfect ratio of omega’s 3 and 6. Most people these days are deficient in omega 3 which can cause a lot of problems. Yes you can get protein from greens.
Pea Protein Powder – Not quite as high protein content as whey but is much easier digested and absorbed without all the carcinogens found in whey protein. As an added bonus green proteins alkalize your body!