*I am currently taking a class on Sports Nutrition and the following is information from Choose My Plate and the United States Department of Agriculture.
Lately, it seems to me that most blogs related to health and fitness talk constantly about protein powder. I am sure you have heard about protein pancakes, protein pudding and protein smoothies? I realize that an individual’s diet is a personal choice, however I am interested to learn about why someone would choose a protein powder, bar or a shake over protein food?
From the research that I have done for my class it would seem to me that we can certainly get adequate amounts of protein from the addition of protein rich food into our daily diet.
Also, I have never tried protein powder and I don’t plan on it. It looks sketch. Am I missing out?
What are Proteins?
“Proteins function as building blocks for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. They are also building blocks for enzymes, hormones, and vitamins. Proteins are one of three nutrients that provide calories (the others are fat and carbohydrates).”
Protein also allows the body to absorb iron more efficiently which allows for more oxygen to get to organs and tissues. With the increase in oxygen we can perform physical activities without fatiguing easily or looking pale. (And no not pale as in you have not see the light of day in many, many moons.)
•Composed of amino acids
•Made of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen
•Involved in growth and repair of body tissues
•Provide some energy
•Found in many foods, but mostly in dairy and meats
The amount of food from the Protein Foods Group you need to eat depends on age, sex, and level of physical activity. Most Americans eat enough food from this group, but need to make leaner and more varied selections of these foods. Recommended daily amounts are shown in the chart.
*These amounts are appropriate for individuals who get less than 30 minutes per day of moderate physical activity, beyond normal daily activities. Those who are more physically active may be able to consume more while staying within calorie needs.
Do people feel that they need more than the recommended amount of protein to supplement a more active lifestyle?
An article from International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, in 2007, states that “currently, no group or groups of scientists involved in establishing dietary
guidelines see a need for any statement that athletes or people engaging in regular
physical activity require more protein than their sedentary counterparts.” (Phillips, 2007)
The article also goes on to further indicate that excessive protein intake can result in serious health issues.
So, I am curious, where do you stand on protein supplements? Do you personally use protein powder? If, so why?
*I have included the links to all the information that I have shared in this post, feel free to do your own personal research.
Chickpeas will forever be my favorite source of protein, I enjoy adding them to salads and curry.
I recently enjoyed some chickpeas cooked with green beans in Thai Yellow Curry sauce.
So simple. So delicious.
What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy protein rich food?