Protein powders – which one is right for you?
If you’re an avid exerciser, chances are you’re often thinking about getting the right amount of nutrients. We know that getting our nutrients from whole foods is ideal, but sometimes our busy schedules won’t let that happen; that’s when supplements and protein powders come in. The only issue? There are SO many to choose from!
Whey protein, soy protein, hemp protein and SO much more — but which one is best? The answer depends on what works best for your body type, your endurance, and your lifestyle goals.
Pack in these proteins if you’re…
Getting swole: For muscle growth, stick with whey protein. Whey protein is the most common and cheapest type of protein on the market. It’s been shown to increase muscle size and strength if consumed within two hours of a workout.
Dropping the Lbs: For weight loss, avoid proteins with added sugars or dextrins/maltodextrins (sweeteners made from starch). Hemp protein for example, is not the best option for those who are calorie counting as it comes with a high fat content.
Staying away from anything with legs: If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, you’ll want to look for 100% plant based proteins. Stay away from whey or anything milk based and consider buying a soy-based protein. Studies have shown that soy protein has many of the same effects as whey protein when consumed after a workout. Hemp protein is another great option.
Avoiding tummy problems: If you’re gluten intolerant or sensitive, avoid proteins that contain wheat or gluten. If you’re lactose intolerant, stay away from proteins with lactose sugars or artificial sweeteners.
Watching the wallet: Protein powders can get quite expensive. It’s often cheaper to buy a tub of protein than ready-made shakes.
– Madison W