A few decades back, protein supplements didn’t exist at all. Food was the source of all protein and people used to consume food to remain healthy. But in the current scenario, various lifestyle changes such as indulging in excessive gym workouts, having no time to eat due to work, deteriorating food quality, etc. have created a demand for supplements.
What are Protein Supplements?
Protein supplements are concentrated sources of protein from animal or plant foods such as dairy, eggs, rice ,peas, hemp or brown rice. Some supplements are also fortified with vitamins and minerals, especially calcium. People use them to increase muscle mass, improve overall body composition and help meet their protein needs.
Whey protein, the most vital supplement among all, is a must-have protein supplement whether you are a beginner or a pro in your fitness journey. Although, not everyone needs protein powder supplements, they can assist you if you do strength training or cannot meet your protein needs with diet alone.
Let’s Bust Some Myths!
Myth #1: Protein Supplements Are Only For Bodybuilders
Fact: You can have a protein supplement if you are doing any form of exercise because it helps your muscles recover. Protein alone does not make your muscles big.
Myth #2: Whey Protein Is Not A Natural Form Of Protein
Fact: Whey protein is the natural protein derived from cow milk which constitutes two main protein components, namely casein and whey. Both components have Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid score of 1.0 which is the highest score for a protein source.
Myth #3: Women Will Get Bulky From Protein Supplements
Fact: Due to women having lower levels of testosterone and higher levels of estrogen, they won’t bulk up as men. A diet rich in lean protein will help women build muscle, but not at the same rate as men. For both genders, it still takes weeks/months of consistent training and good nutrition to build visible muscle.
Myth #4: I Don’t Exercise Enough To Need A Protein Shake
Fact: Protein will help your muscles recover, whether you are working out six days a week or if you are a casual class goer – the results are the same.
Myth #5: Plant Based Protein Is Less Effective Than Whey Protein
Fact: For Vegan protein, a blend of whole pea and hemp sources is used to ensure an amino acid profile like whey with high levels of essential amino acids. Pea protein is allergen friendly, low fat and contains more protein per serving than whey. Hemp protein is also allergen friendly but is also rich in essential fatty acids and contains all nine essential amino acids.
Myth #6: Heating Protein Denatures It, Ruining The Effects
Fact: The only thing that changes when you heat protein is its structure, so it may become slightly less soluble. The protein itself is generally not affected by its yield.
Myth #7: You Need To Eat Very High Levels Of Protein To Get Results
Fact: The average person actually needs an adequate balance of carbs and fats alongside protein in their diet and probably needs no more than around 1.2 to 1.7gm of protein per kilo of bodyweight to build and maintain muscle.
Myth #8: Protein Shakes Will Make My Muscles Grow Quickly
Fact: Unfortunately, this is not true. Muscle building takes time, consistent training and good nutrition. Although having a post-workout, protein-rich meal/shake boosts protein synthesis and limits muscle breakdown. This simply means that your body recovers faster from aches and pains after training.
Myth #9: Pea Or Plant Protein Isn’t As good As Whey Protein
Fact: For vegans and people with digestive issues, plant-based protein powder is the way to go. It is digested differently than whey but still gives you the benefits of traditional powdered protein.
Myth #10: Protein Powder Equals Gas
Fact: That’s because most protein powders are derivatives of dairy products. But eating a balanced meal, which includes healthy fats, complex carbohydrates and water, along with a regular exercise routine, takes care of unpleasant digestive issues. The recommended dosage of protein shake is 1-2 scoops or 25-30 gm per day.
Myth #11: Whey Protein Leads To boils, Acidity, Poor Digestion
Fact: It is not whey protein but unabsorbed whey protein in the body that causes such issues. Insufficient water intake may lead to undigested protein resulting in boils, acidity, etc.
Myth #12: There’s No Such Thing As Too Much Protein
Fact: Eating excessive protein could lead to excessive nitrogen your body can’t excrete. If you’re a long-time high-protein dieter, you could be increasing your risk for kidney damage.
Myth #13: Powders Can Substitute Complete Protein Sources
Fact: While powders are a great protein source, they shouldn’t act as a substitute for whole food sources, both animal and plant alike. They’re an easy and convenient way to include extra protein in your diet.
Myth #14: Everyone Should Take Protein Supplement
Fact: It all depends on your fitness goals. The daily reference intake is 0.8g of protein per kg of body weight. Most people get enough protein through their daily diet with protein-rich food. You don’t need to include bodybuilding supplements or protein shakes. Having a bowl of Greek yogurt, or chicken salad with veggies and sprouts will suffice.
Myth #15: Cutting Down Protein Is A Great Way To Lose Weight
Fact: On the contrary, insufficient protein in your diet can make it difficult to get rid of excess fat. The feeling of being fuller for longer will keep you away from cravings and hunger pangs and a heightened metabolism will add to your workout routine and show positive results.
We hope these mythbusters about protein supplements helps you reach your goal! Consume protein, but don’t let it overpower other nutrients. Also don’t cut it out completely from your diet. Balance is the key to complete health!