Protein and workouts go hand-in-hand. When you feel your body sore and broken from that intense gym session that you just finished, your initial thought is probably that it’s about time to throw back a protein shake before you get on with your day. Unfortunately, very few people really take the time to learn to use supplements properly before they gouge their wallets at the local supplement shops. Here are a couple great points that the team at Review.com made about picking out the right protein powder. For their full review, click here.
Artificial Sweeteners & Food Coloring
We’re fortunate enough to live in a time where people are beginning to observe and remove food additives that just don’t belong in our systems. Whether or not the previous generations realized that making their Cheetos orange would require the use of carcinogens, I have no idea, but I do believe that the color of my food isn’t important enough for me to be asking for any unnecessary food coloring to my protein shake.
Although it may seem like an impossible task to kick your sugar habits, I recommend staying clear of artificial sweeteners such as: aspartame, Splenda, glycerin, polydextrose, plus various others. Not only does research show that these artificial sweeteners come with potential health consequences, but they also create over-stimulation of your sugar receptors that results in reduced sense of taste. That means that the artificial sweeteners might just be making it even harder for you to kick sugar out for good.
Labdoor Purity Grade
Labdoor is an awesome tool that I use pretty often when I determine which brands of supplements I can trust. Not only do they test for purity of popular supplement brands, they also can determine the levels of toxic compounds and accuracy in dosage labels. With the supplement market being largely unregulated, it really is important to have a clear understanding of what you’re putting into your body. All of the protein powders chosen by the team at Review.com scored a purity grade of 90 points or higher out of 100.
How does it taste?
I have delivered enough nutrition plans to realize that certain tastes just don’t work out with certain people. As much as I enjoy stuffing my morning smoothies with veggies, a lot of people would look at me strangely if I proposed that they try the same. I always like to tell people – “if you don’t like it, swap it out”. It’s hard enough to make positive changes to your diet, and if your protein shake tastes like dirt, then odds are you aren’t going to be able to keep consuming it when you need.
A few more enjoyable ways to consume your protein powder include:
- in a smoothie
- milk & cereal – or oats
- chia seed pudding
Learn to get creative with it!
Protein powder is a super useful tool for people who have trouble meeting their required daily protein needs or are trying to retain muscle mass, but at the end of the day, it’s still just a supplement and we should all remember to treat it as one. No supplement will save a broken diet and not all supplements are equal when it comes to quality and purity, so remember to evaluate your diet and double check your protein before you buy it.