Believe it or not, there is a lot more to choosing a protein powder than you may think because it depends on YOU! Your protein choice should be as unique as you are! Here are some tips to choosing a protein that is right for you. Lets get started!
1. Stay away from the hype and take your time.
Choosing the right protein powder for your body is essential. Do some research, take samples when available, and listen to how your body responds and feels. Read ingredient labels, read reviews, and find a protein that you trust. Remember that just because a protein works for your friends, doesn't mean it will work for you. Ask questions! Your body will thank you for it!
2. Choose a protein powder that has less than 10 ingredients.
Why? It 's really easy for companies to add fillers, flavouring, and a lot of unnatural ingredients that can contribute to deteriorating gut health; leaving you feeling bloated, tired, and just uncomfortable. Look at the nutrition label. If you see an ingredient you can't pronounce or are unfamiliar with, it's probably not the best to consume. If there are 10+ ingredients, it may not be the best quality protein.
3. Know the type of protein and what it is does for the body.
Casein protein and whey protein are some of the more popular sources of protein available on the market. They have both been shown to help reduce muscle degradation (break-down). Casein and whey protein are often sourced from cattle. It is important to know that the cattle contribute to the quality of the protein. Grass-fed, free-range, and hormone-free cattle are an excellent source. Look for antibiotic and pesticide free as well.
Casein protein - takes longer to digest, and because of this, it is often recommended to be taken before bed rather than before or after a workout.
Whey protein - much more quick to digest and readily available for the body. This makes it ideal to consume immediately after a workout.
Plant protein sources are available too! When choosing a plant protein you want to follow tip #2, the reason being is because there tend to be a lot of additives within plant protein. They can often be a bit gritty, so prepare yourself for a texture change! Here are some plant-based options:
Organic brown rice protein - look for hexane free, and non-GMO. This protein shows the same muscle building and muscle repair properties as a whey protein. Is easily digestible and good for those with sensitivities to dairy or other animal products.
Pea Protein - is hypoallergenic and good for those with allergies or sensitivities to eggs and dairy products. It is high in Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs), making it a good source of protein to take after a work out. It is easier to digest than many plant proteins.
Hemp protein - sustainable, renewable, and environmentally friendly form of protein, typically hexane free, easy to digest and good source for those with sensitivities or allergies to eggs and dairy. This protein has a unique taste so it may work best in smoothies or other recipes.
4. Listen to your body
You will know if something isn't working for you when you listen to how you feel. Pay attention to digestion, your energy level, muscle soreness, and pick a protein you can count on! If you are an athlete, or very active, make sure to pick a protein that satisfies your muscles' needs. If you are looking for something to compliment a healthy lifestyle and routine, pick a protein that is suited for that. Whatever you decide to choose must be unique for you. Get samples, ask questions, and get testing!
What's my go to?
The Healthy Bean's Staterra New-Zealand Vanilla Whey protein is my go to. Even with a lactose intolerance, this protein is tolerable for me. With minimal natural ingredients, this protein is boosting with flavour. I have also used The Healthy Bean's Staterra Organic Brown Rice protein which I highly recommend to those with sensitivities. These products are what fuel The Healthy Bean shop. Visit my shop now to order your products, or contact me for more information. For me, these are top quality supplements I am proud to stand behind.