So I’ll be honest, since the start of my fitness journey I’ve always seen protein powder as one of the healthiest ways to rebuild my muscles and recover quickly from kicking butt in one of my workouts.
But it turns out there are some proteins out there that might be doing more harm than good.
So if you want your protein powder to stop holding you back from reaching your goals, here are 3 things to keep an eye on.
- Your protein should be mostly protein.
Sounds kinda basic, huh? Well you would be surprised by how many protein powders are less than 75% protein. That means that they have 3 scoops of actual protein and one scoop of chemicals, fillers, carbs, and fats.
So if the protein doesn’t have at least 22g of protein per 30g scoop, then don't buy it. You can figure this out by looking at the nutrition label (and if it doesn’t even have a label, do yourself a favor and just walk away).
- More ingredients = More reason to stay away.
When it comes to ingredients, more is NOT better. This is why you should be careful with any protein that has too many ingredients. Vegetarian proteins seem to be the main problem here. Soy and pea proteins usually contain a dozen other ingredients just to give it a taste and texture that is similar to regular protein. These other ingredients are that “extra scoop” of not-protein that weigh you down and keep you from getting fit.
Hundreds of scientists are starting to warn us about using aspartame whenever we have low levels of blood glucose (AKA after burning lots of calories or fasting). They are saying that in these situations aspartame can harm your brain or even provoke Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases, but more rigorous research is necessary to confirm these findings.
The bottom line is to read the labels of your protein powders!
I hope it was helpful!