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Protein powders and meal replacement supplements are the most popular nutritional supplements on the market! Our society is fixated on looking for shortcuts to health, wellness, beauty and any possible way to achieve a better body with less work.
Through the media and billions of dollars in advertising, we have accepted protein powders as a “healthy” alternative to eating real food and an acceptable supplemental method to get the nutrients that we need.
There is hard science to validate the consumption of protein and amino acids immediately following a workout. Unfortunately, there are very few protein powders that are truly safe and that should be considered healthy!
At the end of the day protein powders are processed foods and have many of the same negative attributes as other processed foods in the Standard American Diet.
Here are some of the major concerns with consuming protein powders:
Antagonistic to the Immune System:
Antagonistic to the Endocrine System:
Overloads the Body With Unnecessary Toxins:
There are More Acceptable Options
With all this being said, you are probably wondering if there any protein powders that are safe and healthy? The short answer is “yes”, but they are never as good for you as real food. Your first choice for sufficient protein and nutrients needs to come from properly raised animal proteins, vegetables, and fruit.
If you have to use a protein powder supplement, look for the protein powders that don’t have the bad stuff listed above. Look for powders that are organic, come from grass fed cows, and raw milk that is unprocessed. It is also crucial to look for products with the least amount of ingredients such as minimum of fillers, colors, preservatives, and other junk. Look for quality control that guarantees no GMOs, heavy metals, and such.
One product that is among the best options that I have found is Right Whey Protein by DaVinci Laboratories of Vermont.
Have you successfully given up using protein powders? Post any questions or comments below that you have on this subject. I would love to hear about the best alternatives you have found!
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and none of the information in this blog should be construed as medical advice. It is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease, ailment, or medical condition.