Taking Charge of Your Health

Hey everyone, welcome back to another edition
of Ask the ND. I’m Dr. Jeremy Wolf. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the differences
between the various types of protein powders on the market today. Let’s face it: you walk
through any health food store, you’ll see shelves full of protein powders. It’s hard
not to get overwhelmed. In this episode of Ask The ND, I’m going to break down the various
types of protein supplements to help make your decision just a little easier. Protein
is one of the nutrients along with carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water that our
bodies need to function. Proteins are composed of small units called amino acids, which are
considered the building blocks of protein. Protein is primarily used to build, maintain
and repair body tissues. Common food sources of protein include both animal and plant sources.
Plant sources include beans, legumes, seeds, nuts, grains and vegetables. Animal sources
include meat, fish, eggs, poultry, and dairy. The amount of protein our body requires is
dependent upon age, size, physical activity level, health status, as well as diet and
many other factors. In general, adults in the U.S. are encouraged to get around 10-35%
of their daily calories from protein. This translates to about 46g of protein for women,
and 56g of protein for men. Let’s take a closer look at the different types of protein supplements
and how they function in the body. Here’s the rundown. Whey protein is the protein contained
in the watery portion of milk that separates from the curds when making cheese. Therefore,
if you are sensitive to dairy or have a dairy allergy, then whey may not be the protein
for you. Why is considered a “complete” protein because it contains all the essential amino
acids. It has been shown to promote muscle growth, while stimulating fat loss. Pea protein
is an excellent source of protein for those on restricted allergy diets, or who are vegan
or vegetarian. Peas are naturally fat and cholesterol free, and can provide a boost
of energy before a workout. Similar to whey, pea protein also supplies the body with high
levels of branch chain amino acids which are needed for protein synthesis. Lastly, pea
protein is easily digested and used by the body. Soy protein is a type of protein that
is isolated from the soy bean. It’s roughly 90-95% protein, and contains amino acids needed
for growth. An important side note is that most soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically
modified. If you’re avoiding GMOs, it’s important you look for a certified, organic, or non-GMO
soy protein. Rice is another alternative protein for those on restricted diets or who are vegetarian.
It supplies the body with all the essential amino acids, and may even help to build muscle
and aid in muscle recovery after a workout. When considering a rice protein, it’s important
to look for a quality product free of heavy metals and other toxins. Egg protein is gaining
a lot of popularity these days. A majority of the egg protein is from egg-white protein
isolate. If you’re looking to stimulate muscle growth while increasing protein synthesis,
egg protein is a great choice. This is because it contains all the essential amino acids
and it is easily digested by the body. Plant based formulas are often hypoallergenic formulas,
free of common food irritants, making them easier on the stomach. They contain a blend
of specific foods such as peas, quinoa, artichokes, hemp, amaranth and rice. Because of this,
they contain an excellent variety of amino acids, while also delivering a respectable
amount of protein. A protein’s use is determined by the type and amounts of amino acids contained
on the protein molecule. When it comes to choosing your protein supplement, it’s important
to keep in mind the goal you are trying to accomplish. For instance, if you’re trying
to lose weight, you might choose a protein powder that has fewer calories and fewer grams
of protein, while if you’re trying to gain weight you might choose a protein powder that
has higher calories and also has higher grams of protein and fat content. Thank you for
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