Protein shakes - the truth
Protein: What is it?
At its simplest, protein is a molecule made from chemicals called amino acids. Our bodies need these amino acids to function properly, they carry oxygen through blood, boost the immune system and build muscle.
Protein is critical for every cell in our body. It helps build nails, hair, bones and muscles. It can also help you feel fuller longer than eating foods without protein.
What are best sources of protein
High protein foods include lean chicken, lean pork, fish, lean beef, tofu, beans, lentils, low-fat yogurt, milk, cheese, seeds, nuts, and eggs.
Should I take protein shakes
It's vital that you realise proteins shakes should never replace food. Protein shakes are supplements, and they are there to do just that and supplement your diet. They are an addition to help you reach your daily protein goals if you are finding it difficult to achieve by eating natural food.
Protein shakes will never hold the same nutritional benefits as real food, which will generally contain more protein per serving than a shake.
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners should consist of a healthy balance of proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
What shake should I take
Searching for a protein shake can be a minefield and difficult to know which one to choose. There are different shakes based for weight loss or bulking up so it’s important you pick wisely otherwise the shake may be hindering your fitness goals. Do your research or speak to a fitness professional to advise you on what shake will be best for you.