GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Whether you are trying to lose weight, build muscle, or just eat a better balanced diet, protein is part of the equation.
We already talked about how much protein do you really need?
Fitness expert Chris Freytag explains which protein powder is right for you.
Whey protein powder: A fast-absorbing source of protein to support lean muscle and can be used any time of day but has the reputation as being the best "post workout" choice. Your body absorbs and uses whey protein more effectively than other protein sources and it is recommended to feed your muscles protein within 45 minutes to 2 hours after your workout. Another bonus is that whey protein curbs hunger and keeps your cravings at bay. Whey protein powder is Chris' #1 choice for supplementing, usually ingesting it for breakfast or after a tough workout.
Chris' pick: BiPro Whey Protein. It's unflavored so it doesn't mask the flavors you are mixing it with; it's easy to digest; and can be used in baking, and kids like it too.
Soy protein powder: Derived from soybeans, one of the only types of plant-based foods that are a complete protein source, containing all of the essential amino acids the human body needs but can't produce on its own. Organic soy powders are popular among vegetarians and vegans; however, soy in general continues to be controversial as to its true health benefits. According to Soyinfo.com, products made from organic soy are the healthiest forms of soy. Genetically-manipulated soy ingredients should be avoided whenever possible. In the U.S. and Canada, almost all soy that is not listed as organic on the label has been genetically-manipulated. It is best to avoid hydrolyzed soy protein and eliminate the use of soy protein isolate/concentrate where possible.
Chris' advice: check out soyinfo.com and cspinet.org to make an informed decision on soy.
Plant based proteins: Rice, pea and hemp are suggested for vegetarians, vegans and those with allergies to dairy, fish, nuts or eggs. Some say they are an acquired taste but I think they are delicious when mixed with fruit, almond milk, and/or juices. Some are a blend of plants, others are just one source but they deliver protein, vitamins, minerals and often Omega 3 fatty acids.
Chris' pick: Vega One Vanilla Chai Tea. Mix it with almond milk and ice. Great flavor and it includes probiotics, digestive enzymes, maca powder and chlorella!
Egg protein: A high quality lactose-free protein source and in the world of protein, egg albumen is nearly perfect! Egg protein powders also mix well and can be used in baking.
Chris' pick: Jay Robb Egg White Vanilla Protein Powder. The egg white protein raw material is derived from chickens not treated with growth hormones.
Casein protein powder: A slow digesting protein source and often labeled the "bedtime" protein, since it absorbs in your stomach slowly, providing hours of repair and maintenance.
Chris' pick: Optimum Nutirtion 100% Whey Casein Chocolate protein; Mixed with water or almond milk, tastes good at bedtime.
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