Have you been exercising for quite a while but still haven’t seen any appreciable progress with your muscle growth and reduction in weight? Well! Chances are your protein intake is insufficient. In such cases, you are more likely in need of taking a body supplement. One of key supplements easily available in the market today is Protein powder. It is a proven solution to build mass and reduce body fat. Many manufacturers have started producing Protein powders so they come in different types, flavors and enhancements.
What types of Protein powders are available?
There are two main categories and under each category there are multiple types of protein. The two main categories are animal source proteins and vegetable source proteins. Animal source proteins are further divided into three types viz whey, casein, beef and egg white protein. Vegetable source proteins include soy, rice, pea and sprouted grain proteins. Out of all these types, Whey is by far the most commonly used protein as it is water soluble. It also has all the nine amino acids necessary for the body.
What types of flavors are available?
Manufacturers use sweeteners to add flavors to protein powders. Sweeteners have no impact on the nutritional value of the protein — they only change the taste. Protein powders can come with natural/artificial flavors/no flavors at all. It’s entirely up to you to choose which one would suit you. All artificial flavors have been approved for use in food products by competent authorities as they have passed all the required tests satisfactorily. A popular choice is to choose a combination of both natural and artificial flavors.
What types of enhancements are available?
There is always heavy competition in the body building market so manufacturers tend to add enhancements to Protein powders to make their product stand out from the rest. One of the common enhancement is “lecithin granules” which is a healthy fat from Soy. It is mainly used to reduce clumping. It is also known to enhance memory and bring cardiovascular benefits. Some manufacturers also use digestive enzymes to improve digestion of large intakes of protein. Other enhancements include amino acids, carbohydrates, nutritional fats, addition of vitamins and minerals.
Is it expensive?
Not really. 2 pounds of Whey protein powder generally costs around $45. But, there are discounts available most of the time. So, you would be able to get it in $25-$30 range. Some protein powders may contain more than one type of protein in which case it may be expensive as certain types of proteins are expensive than others. If you are just starting out, it’s probably a better idea to choose the smallest size possible. Once you have found the product you like, you can always scale up in which case you are more likely to gain good discount on the price.
There is no doubt that Protein powders can bring you the results you want. It’s been used by tens of thousands of people and there are many success stories available on the internet. At the same time, protein powders has been subject to a lot of critique too. Critics argue that these powders are highly processed and heated to the extent they become denatured thereby making it close to impossible for the body to recognize and use. So, the decision to consume protein powders varies from person to person.