Does it matter if you get your protein from powder or food?

Does it matter if you get your protein from powder or food?

It turns out that whether you should get your protein from powder or food is unique to you. There are a few things to consider when determining how to consume your protein. So, let’s see what’s right for you!

Can the average person consume enough protein from food alone?

The RDA (recommended daily allowance) to prevent protein deficiency for an average sedentary adult is 0.8g per kilogram of body weight. Research on sports nutrition shows that the RDA for active adults wanting to build or maintain their muscle mass is 1.2 to 2 grams per kilogram of body weight. If an average healthy and athletic person eats a balanced and varied diet, they are likely to consume adequate protein.

How is consuming protein from food better than consuming protein from powder?

There are a few benefits to getting your protein through natural foods instead of powder. In addition to protein, natural foods contain other nutrients and fiber. This is especially relevant to people consuming powders high in protein but low in the carbohydrates and fats that would usually fuel your body when you consume natural food.

It is important to note that protein supplements aren’t regulated specifically in South Africa, except under the general Foods Act. Therefore, it could be possible that your protein powder contains some unhealthy ingredients in addition to the basic protein, sweetener, and flavorings. Considering this, if you are going to use protein powders, be sure to stick to reputable brands. It’s recommended that you consult your doctor when trying new protein supplements, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or have a chronic medical condition.

Why drink protein powder?

Some people struggle to get enough protein through natural foods alone. This is more likely in older adults, competitive athletes, people on vegan diets, and those recovering from illness or surgery. Protein powders can be beneficial if you aren’t meeting your protein requirement through natural foods.

The majority of us don’t need protein powders, nutritionally speaking. However, many factors go into our food choices in addition to our dietary needs. Hence, protein powders may be a sensible choice for you. Perhaps the convenience of a protein shake aligns with your lifestyle requirements, or you don’t like eating solid foods post-workout. It comes down to your lifestyle, needs, and preferences.

When deciding how you are going to consume your protein, make an informed decision that suits your individual needs. Remember, a happy and healthy life is unique to you!

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