The Positives and Negatives of Protein Shakes

by Rachelle on November 19, 2014

We know protein is good for us, but are protein shakes as good as the real thing, and do they benefit our health? Ideally, it is best to be getting your daily protein allowance from natural sources such as meat, fish, nuts, milk, beans, cheese, and yogurt. However, people have investigated the way protein shakes effect our bodies, some reporting quite positive results:

The Positives

Studies have shown that 5 grams of whey protein per day for two weeks improved participants vascular (blood vessel) functioning. This implies that whey protein could have beneficial effects on the heart. Whey protein can also help control the free radicals which assist the development of prostate cancer.

Protein can regulate blood sugar levels, so protein in the morning, along with good fats and unprocessed carbohydrates, is an excellent way to allow sugar to be released slowly which keeps you feeling fuller for longer and avoids a post-carbohydrate “crash”.

It is great for metabolism functioning, meaning that glucose and fats are converted to energy rather than stored. When your brain gets the glucose it needs you’ll be better able to concentrate on whatever task is at hand.

The Negatives

Protein shakes often have many additives and sweeteners mixed in to make the shakes tastier. These additives are thought by some to be a cause of headaches and nausea. Sticking to shakes with natural ingredients, like those using Stevia as a sweetener, and using shakes sparingly (only after working out if you’re using protein shakes to build muscle) is wise.

Some people misuse protein shakes, choosing to have a shake instead of a meal in a bid to lose weight faster. By doing this you will not be receiving the fiber, nutrients and vitamins your body needs. While a number of protein shakes have some vitamins and minerals added to them, caution must be exercised, particularly if you are using other supplements.

Protein shakes are often used in an attempt to bulk up quickly. Having protein shakes too often can upset your stomach and may damage your kidneys. It is really important to remember that these shakes are simply a form of supplement and should be used in conjunction with a balanced diet.

Choosing a Protein Shake

The first thing to consider when choosing or making protein shakes is how much processed carbohydrates they contain. You want to limit this form of carbohydrates as much as possible, so sugars and sweeteners, jams and honey are out! Instead, add nuts and seeds or fruit (high fiber fruit being the most beneficial).

Whey protein shake powder comes in various flavors, chocolate and vanilla being the most common. Choose one that’ll match the fruit you’re adding to make a delicious addition to breakfast. Or incorporate it into breakfast by adding the whey powder and fruit to oatmeal, or even making an amazing shake-oatmeal hybrid by throwing it all in the blender. Look for shakes using cross-flow micro-filtration, as they are the best for keeping their included proteins in their natural form.

Rachelle

Rachelle

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
Hi I'm Rachelle, or "Elle" for short. I am a busy body, but always been a plus sized kinda girl. I've learned that my curves are sexy, and I can feel good about how I look without looking like a stick! I'm a work-a-holic and stay as active as I can with lots of projects, so I have to prioritize my health choices. Working for Creative Bioscience has opened my eyes to what you can do to supplement your diet, and manage things in a natural way. The advances that are being made in the health arena are so exciting, and we are on the front lines bringing the best of the best. Rachelle's favorite product is hCG 1234
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