Healthspan July 05, 2018

Protein comes in all shapes, sizes, formats and flavours. Check out the scoop on unflavoured protein and why it’s your perfect partner for exercise.

Why take protein powder?

The amount of protein you need differs, depending on the type of person you are; however, for the average man or woman in the UK, the Recommended Daily Allowance is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of your own body weight, in which case you can work out how much you exactly need. An average adult aged 19-64 should intake 50g of protein per day (NHS, 2017).

Protein powder is a great way to ensure that your body is getting enough of the nutrient; this is especially important if you’re active and looking to build muscle, or would prefer an ‘on-the-go’ boost than a whole meal with a complete protein. Your body’s need for protein may change if you’re recovering from an injury, just starting your fitness journey or going vegan.

Following a vegan diet can mean that you’re deficient in some key minerals and nutrients. Some vegans may consider taking vegan protein if they’re getting a lower than average amount of protein in their diets. If you aren’t vegan then whey protein is often preferred by gym goers due to it being a ‘complete’ protein meaning that it contains the full spectrum of amino acids that the body needs (Block, 2017). Those amino acids play a crucial role in the storage of nutrients and there are 8 that the human body doesn’t produce However, Healthspan’s vegan protein also has the added benefit of the having the complete amino acid profile.

Unflavoured protein vs flavoured protein

Cleaner diets

If you’re unable to incorporate more protein into your diet through food, then protein powder could be the most efficient way. Making a shake is quick and convenient for someone with an active lifestyle, ensuring that an extra boost of protein is at your fingertips.

Unflavoured protein powders can allow for cleaner diets, as there aren’t any artificial flavourings that could potentially cause negative side-effects.

Versatility

Unflavoured protein powder offers more versatility than flavoured powder, which means you can be creative with what you do with it. Buying a single flavour of protein powder can limit you to how you ingest it. If you just buy a chocolate flavour you then must plan what to pair it with if you want to make different smoothies or shakes. This isn’t an issue with unflavoured powder, you can create smoothies with fresh or frozen fruit without compromising the flavour. One day you may crave a strawberry and banana smoothie, and the next you may want blueberry and kiwi!

Healthspan have introduced a range of Elite Protein Flavour Drops that you can add to your protein shake at the strength you like; allowing you to decide the sweetness and the flavour you fancy.

Food

The most abundant protein foods available are meat and some fish sources. Another food type containing quality amounts of protein are dairy and poultry produce. Milk, yoghurt and eggs are brilliant foods to increase the protein content of a meal or as a way of making a quick snack packing a protein hit. If you find it difficult to get protein through diet, then adding unflavoured protein powder to your food can be a fun and creative way to get protein into the food you eat. Whilst adding protein powder into food isn’t a new idea, unflavoured protein allows for creativity when producing new snacks to fulfil your dietary needs throughout the day.

There are many delicious meals and snacks where you can add that extra protein where you feel you are otherwise lacking:

How about a nice protein filled breakfast? You don’t need a fry up or a meat filled breakfast to cater to those needs, the No-Bake Energy Balls? This small snack is packed with healthy sources of fibre, fats and protein; keeping you full and content.

Dessert should never be taken off the menu, especially when you can make your own Protein Ice Cream or Chocolate Chia Protein Pudding; you’ll be able to fulfil your sweet tooth cravings without feeling guilty for indulging!


References
NHS (2017). Reference intakes explained
Block, D (2017). Whey Vs. Soy Vs. Vegan Protein: Which Is Best?

 

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