Are protein powders really that bad?
The short answer to the question posed in today’s headline is “yes”. Most protein powders are rubbish for your body, particularly the ones you see lined up and being promoted at your local gym. They are often pushed onto fitness junkies and touted as a “necessary companion to your workout”, but in reality these synthetic processed protein isolates do more harm than crazy muscle definition will make up for.
Why they are so bad …
# They are incredibly processed
There are two main reasons why this is a problem. First of all, when we consume something that is processed to the point of some of these protein powders, our bodies don’t actually recognise it as food. It will then get confused looking for all of the missing nutrients and start leeching them from your body’s own reserves (usually the bones). Secondly, the act of processing involves the inclusion of extra man-made ingredients that are usually synthetic, chemicalised, toxic and harmful to the body.
# They wreak havoc on your system
Being so highly processed, your body has a hard time breaking down and absorbing protein powders. What we don’t absorb is excreted from the body via the kidneys, which means that if you consume a lot of protein powder, you will be excreting a lot of this crap stuff and putting a lot of pressure on your hard-working kidneys. Many protein powders are also made from whey protein (a dairy isolate), which is highly acidic, or soy, which comes with a whole host of added issues. Click here for more on soy.
# They are loaded with chemical sweeteners
Aspartame, saccharin, fructose, and artificial colours – these are some nasty words you will see listed on many protein powder ingredients labels. They are all toxic (aspartame in particular) and do your body no favours in the short or long term.
# They can contain heavy metals
Many common brands of protein powders and protein drinks contain high levels of arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury. Dr Mark Hyman has written a great article about the detrimental effect heavy metals have on our health.
When my boyfriend and I first started dating, he too had been sucked into the “protein powder club” and had buckets of the stuff stacked in his pantry. It wasn’t until we were a little further into our relationship and I felt comfortable enough to start throwing my weight around that I told him that his protein habit had to go. Now, he takes none of the aforementioned and I am happy to report that he feels adequately energised and “bulked up” adding things like spirulina, maca, bee pollen to his daily green smoothies. He also reports that he feels much better and doesn’t get that sick-to-the-tummy feeling after drinking them.
Top 8 acceptable protein powder replacements
If you do feel that you are in need of extra protein, there are some on the market that are made from natural, organic, plant-based ingredients. It just important to read the labels to make sure that what you’re buying suits whatever health agenda you have for yourself. Look for brands that are organic, natural and free of any synthetic, chemicalised, and artificial ingredients. Here are some that I recommend:
2. Bee pollen (not vegan)
5. Vital Greens
6. Sun Warrior
8. Surthrival Elk Velvet Antler (not vegan, but this company works with free range, slaughter free Elk farms, where their strong animals live out healthy lives)
Do you take protein powder or any other protein supplement? Were you aware that the processed brands could be doing so much damage?
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