posted on April 03, 2010 00:46
I have heard so many women say that they are afraid to drink protein shakes because they are afraid they will bulk up, or develop large muscles.
Rather than bulking or muscling up, protein powders are dietary supplements comprised of proteins derived from other food sources.
Essentially proteins are extracted from food sources and refined into powder form. Flavors,vitamins, minerals, and colors may be also added.
The protein in a protein shake is no different than the protein found in whole-foods. As with any other food, the consumption of protein will not miraculously create muscles, and conversely, over-consumption of protein powder can and will lead to weight gain.
Protein powder is not meant to replace a whole-food based diet, rather it should supplement a whole-food diet.
Protein powder can:
- be an easy and convenient method of ingesting protein without the fuss of cooking)
- encourage speedy recovery after exercise (provides the nutrients needed to repair damaged cells and boost the immune system
- assist with weight loss as protein powder can be low in calories
- assist with toning, fat reduction, and the gain of lean muscle mass
- can assist muscle gain/development when consumed in conjunction with a high calorie diet and an appropriate exercise routine
Protein is comprised of 20 building blocks called amino acids. 11 of these 20 are called nonessential amino acids are produced by the body. The other 9, called essential amino acids, must be supplied by the intake of food, or by supplemental dietary protein.
There are two kinds of dietary protein -- complete and incomplete. Animal and soy proteins are called "complete" proteins because they contain all 9 essential amino acids. Plant products, including vegetables, nuts and legumes, are called "incomplete" proteins because they lack one or more essential amino acids.
As a macronutrient, protein curbs your appetite, which can help you lose weight. Carbs and fats are primarily energy sources -- while proteins play crucial roles in the maintenance of the body. Proteins provide structural support and replication of body tissue and serve as immune-system antibodies/signaling molecules. Complete proteins, in the form of enzymes and hormones, help regulate sleep, digestion and ovulation.
Whey protein isolates have been shown to be the most efficient and beneficial protein source, so it is prudent to look for whey protein shakes. Women Vitamins offers protein shakes for women, blended with whey protein isolates, vitamins, flax seed (omega 3 fatty acids) and a proprietary blend of digestive enzymes.
Protein daily requirements were once thought to be determined by age and gender. Recent studies however have shown that weight is the determining factor. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition recommends a daily intake of 0.80 grams/kilogram of body weight.
Take care of your health, take your Women Vitamins and utilize the best protein shakes for women, be blessed, Kersten