Everything You Should Know About Protein Powder: Blint Shakes FAQ
Below is our most frequently asked questions we receive from customers with regards to protein powder and consumption.
Q: Why do we need protein in our diet?
Protein is considered a core macronutrient, meaning that you need relatively large amounts of it in your diet. Protein is a vital component for almost every cell in your body. Research has shown that protein plays an important role in tissue, repair, generation of skin, blood, hair and bones as well as to make enzymes and hormones. Therefore, it is essential that your body receives the proper amount of protein from your diet to ensure adequate bodily functioning, down to the cellular level.
Q: What is whey protein and how does it differ from other protein sources?
Whey protein is a complete protein derived from milk and is formed as a by-product in cheese-making. It contains high levels of all 9 essential amino acids and has a high biological value (Read More). A protein such as whey that has a high biological value means that it contains the essential amino acids in a proportion similar to that required by the body. The biological value reveals how readily protein that is broken down from food can be used in protein synthesis in the cells of the human body. Certain protein sources (ex whey) can be more readily accessed by the body via digestive processes. Therefore, whey protein differs from other protein sources such as a whole egg or chicken because it has a higher biological value percentage and thus is more readily absorbed in the body.
Q: Why not just get my protein source from whole foods like chicken?
Often people drink protein shakes because it can be difficult to meet daily protein requirements with only whole foods. With that being said, it is generally personal preference with respect to HOW you receive your daily intake. Whole foods tends to be more satisfying and contain more nutrients than solely protein. However, protein supplements can be more effective as it is digested, absorbed and utilized at a faster rate. This effect is especially important following exercise when the body is in dire need of protein to help aid in recovery.
Q: How much protein does the average person need daily?
The daily protein requirement can be determined through the dietary reference intake (DRI). Protein intake is dependent upon several factors: age, gender, activity levels, physique goals and one’s current state of health. DRI states that one should consume 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body weight. For example, an average sedentary woman would consume 46 grams per day, versus an average sedentary man would consume roughly 56 grams per day. Protein needs are also dependent on your activity level. Naturally, individuals who are more physically active would need to consume more protein than individuals who live more sedentary lifestyles. Protein needs can also be determined through an individual’s physique goals. Someone who is looking to gain or maintain muscle mass must eat enough protein to do so.
As you can see, many factors play a role in determining how much protein one needs to consume on average.
Q: What is the best time to have a protein shake?
The answer to this questions is highly dependent upon what you would like to achieve. People drink protein shakes for a number of different reasons and these reasons are indicative of the best time to consume your shake. Click on the link below to read the specifics on the proper time to drink your protein shake according to your needs.
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