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Protein Powder – Yes or No?

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According to an article by Food Safety News, dangerous heavy metals have been found in 40% of protein powders tested. To check yours, visit cleanlabelproject.

Protein is abundant and easy to get too much of so a protein powder is often overkill and unhealthy if it takes you over the National Academy of Science’s DRI of a generous 0.8 grams per kilogram of lean body mass (or .36 grams per pound of lean body mass). Recent and aggressive research based on studies of countries, populations and subgroups has determined that this number is too high. The WHO (World Health Organization) more conservatively recommends 0.66 grams per kilogram of lean body mass. Scales specializing in BMI can get you close, or your doctor can help you determine your lean mass number. For what it’s worth: https://www.wikihow.fitness/Determine-Lean-Body-Mass

I feel it’s best that we stick to real food rather than these kind of supplements for nourishment. Our kidneys bear the brunt of processing the excess protein we take in to the detriment of our overall health and most certainly the health of this vital organ. When looking at your personal sources of protein, save yourself some money and increase your plant based natural proteins over high priced powders. Add hemp hearts, ground flax seeds or chia to your smoothie. Or, if you prefer, whip up some organic egg whites, look for wild caught, low-mercury fish (such as pacific salmon) or grill yourself an organic chicken breast to snack on.

While there are always exceptions to the rule (such as endurance athletes, people interested in fat loss, babies, elderly or bedridden who may need slightly more), chances are you’re getting too much.

Bottom line: Opt for whole food protein, especially from plant sources over the powders, pills and shakes. Stick to the real deal. Real food.

Be well! ~Lorrie

 

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