So I recorded a podcast back in June with Dr. Matt all about protein powder and it was a huge hit! You can listen to it here. A lot of people have since asked if the information from the podcast could be put into a blog post written form. So here it is! These are all the takeaways from the podcast. Dr. Matt shared so many nuggets!
Why Take Protein:
- Athletes-easy to get some quick protein that doesn't feel heavy/helps build muscle
- Busy Life/Anyone on the go
What you do NOT want to find in a protein: (basically any word that looks sketchy-question!)
- Sucralose-synthetic sweetener
- Aspartame-synthetic sweetener
- Polysorbate 80
- Polyethylene Glycol(basically myralax which is a laxative)
- Any Isolate-(Whey Protein Isolate, Soy Protein Isolate, etc…) causes gas, bloating, diarrhea, increases allergies. Wreaks havoc on gut flora. Very easy to store because it's been processed so much.
- Sodium caseinate
- Hydrogenated anything
- Soy Lecithin
What to look for in a protein:
- Grass-fed/Grass-finished if it's an animal protein
- Little ingredient list as possible
- Whey Protein Concentrate
Heavy Metals in Plant Based Proteins:
- Can't tell the heavy metal content by looking at the label
- Pea, Rice, Hemp are all plant based proteins
- Get 3rd party testing from the manufacturer(call/e-mail them and ask for the papers with the lab testing done and make sure there is a signature so you can go back to them and say this person signed off)
- If they didn't have testing done-then move on, not a good protein
- Just because your protein was tested doesn't mean it's good though-make sure you see what the heavy metal levels are
- The reason there is heavy metals in plant based proteins is because whatever is in the soil it soaks up. So if the soil contains a lot of heavy metals then the plant is soaking that up. If you take pea protein for instance you essentially are eating 100's of peas each time you're taking your pea protein, so you want to make sure the the quality of the peas is good. Overtime that could add up to a lot of heavy metals if not careful.
What if a protein is cheaper:
- Proteins are often cheaper because they skimp on quality ingredients and sourcing
Can I find a clean protein at Whole Foods or other health food stores:
- It can still be hard to find a clean protein at your local health store or Whole Foods
- Best thing to do is e-mail/call them and ask questions
Why should I drink protein 30-40 minutes after a workout:
- Want cortisol to come down after workout
- Helps to spike hormones in a good way after workout
- Build muscle
- 15 grams of protein is great after workout
Why you don't want to blend a whey protein too much:
- Whey collects air and the more powerful your blender the more air is collected
- The air can cause you to feel bloated, have gas, and make you feel like the protein is just sitting in your stomach
- Just add the protein in after you've blended all the ingredients
- If you still feel bloated, gassy or like a ball is sitting in your stomach you may just have a bad protein
What protein is best:
- Goat Whey Protein
- Whey Protein Concentrate(best sources are going to be from New Zealand, Australia, or Germany-although really expensive)
- Vegeterian- Pea Protein(however plant based proteins don't contain all the amino acids)
- If you add some rice and pea protein together you will get more of a complete protein since they both are missing certain amino acids
*Collagen is really popular now and is great for hair, skin, nails and joints. But it doesn't build muscle tissue or immunity.
I personally take goat whey protein. A lot of people haven't heard of goat whey, but it's really an amazing protein source.
- Goat whey has demonstrated positive anti-inflammatory effects in the digestive system. Cow whey has shown increased inflammatory effects.
- Cow whey is considered allergenic whereas goat whey is considered hypoallergenic.
- Whey protein is the “gold standard” for serious athletes. Goat whey is the “gold standard” of that “gold standard.”
- Goat whey is amazing for our immune systems, supporting lean muscle growth and repair, as well as optimal body composition.
- Goat whey has the full range of essential amino acids in ratios that best support the athlete in all of us.
The goat whey protein I take is called Activ Whey. There are many reasons why I like it!
- It is really light and doesn't ever make me feel bloated. That's because there is nothing added to fill up space, just the purest goat whey and flavoring.
- Activ Whey is a goat whey protein that comes from goats that are grassfed all the way through their lifecycle. There are zero antibiotics or hormones used on the goats or the vegetation they eat from.
- I personally know the creator and can vouch for the legitimacy of the protein and where it is sourced from.
That sums up the protein blog post. What protein powder do you take?