Protein powder has become very common lately. You must have seen giant bottles sitting outside health stores. Probably one or more of your friends or distant cousin may be consuming protein powders regularly.
But what is protein powder?
Protein powders are powdered food which consist of macronutrient protein and are used by athletes and bodybuilders. Protein powder comes in various forms- whey, soy and casein, whey being the most popular one. When you are growing, or working hard for your muscle body, want to gain muscle mass, want to recover from injury. In such cases, protein powders should be consumed.
Warning: Only add protein powder to your diet if you have been recommended by a medical professional.
Health Benefits of Protein Powder
- Opt for liquid protein. Have protein shakes, smoothies or milk as liquid is absorbed quickly by our body in comparison to solid protein. It helps in building more muscles after a workout or an injury.
- Do you want to gain weight quickly? Then protein powder is for you but consult with your doctor if you need to take whey, soy or casein.
- You can’t carry fish or egg everywhere you go. It could get spoiled or someone on your lunch table could be allergic to either. Protein powders are easy to carry around.
- Vegetarians do not get adequate protein because the only food that contains proteins is legumes. Protein powder is a healthy alternative for vegetarians.
- Excessive workout can lead to depletion of protein levels. Protein powders can keep the levels in control and give bodybuilders lean muscle mass.
- They help to increase growth hormone and leads to better metabolism. Growth hormone is protein hormone which contains 190 amino acids which are a part of complex processes that include growth and metabolism.
Protein Powder Side Effects
Like a coin, protein powder too has two sides. While it is an excellent source of alternative protein intake for your body, it does have certain side effects that one must know about.
- Protein powders are not cheap and not every individual can afford them.
- Watch out for hidden calories in it. Sometimes, powder package won’t tell you about the hidden calories it has. Generally, more than 150 calories per serving is considered harmful.
- Excessive powder intake can damage your organs like kidney. Consuming powder for weight loss for a long time can stress kidney which could lead to kidney damage.
- Most popular protein like whey and casein are made up of milk protein. Although it contains less lactose than milk but still it can cause certain stomach issues like stomach pain, digestive issues, constipation, and diarrhea.
- If these powder are taken without any workout, then they will not at all help in building up of muscles.
- If you rely more on protein powder then your workout and stop taking supplements, then you will loose muscle mass and your body built will revert back. It can also lead to sudden weight gain and can have loose fat around the body.