Protein in food and supplements: the whats, wheres and hows + The protein supplement I recommend!
Protein powder were once just reserved for the hardcore weight lifters and possibly pro athletes. But as you may know, times have changed and every Dick and Joe now walks around the gym with a protein shake in their hand.
This is because the benefits of protein are now widely acknowledged. Protein is a 'macronutrient', meaning the body requires large amounts (macro = large) of it as part of a balanced diet. Once absorbed into the body through digestion, protein is broken down into various amino acids which are then built into new proteins to help make red blood cells and building muscles, as well as other functions in the body. For the frequent gym goer or active person, it is a crucial nutrient for helping your muscles to recover and grow. On average, we recommend around 1g of protein per 1kg of body weight per day. So if you weigh 70kg, you need around 70g of protein daily.
With the sports supplement market ballooning like a lifter's bicep, today's protein-hungry consumers are faced with an overwhelming amount of choice. So which one should we choose? Are there better products than others?
Well, before we get to that, let's first talk about protein in real food. Yes! You can get protein from food, not just protein powders and supplements! The truth is, protein supplements are no better for you than protein in real food: like milk, eggs, cheese, meat, poultry and fish. 20g of protein (usually found in one scoop) can be also consumed from 2 cups of milk, ½ a chicken breast, 100g fish, or 3 eggs (see below for more examples). What's even better is that these foods will provide 50+ other nutrients, that not only assist with health, but help the protein get used up more readily in our muscles!
You may be asking though, "This is all well and good Joyce, but what if I just don't have time to be ensuring I get enough protein and nutrients every day?"
Well it's your lucky day! Because I'm about to introduce you to the best protein and meal replacement shake to hit the market. Say hello to FORMULITE!
Formulite is a scientifically formulated blend of high-quality proteins, fibre, omega fats and 24 essential vitamins and minerals. Together with a healthy lifestyle, these nutrients deliver maximum nutrition and weight-management control.
Formulite can be used for multiple health goals, from maintaining a healthy lifestyle, to losing weight, to increasing muscle mass and as meal replacements for pre-bariatric surgery.
So, why is Formulite the best? How is it different?
Well, a part from the fact that this product is:
Free of artificial flavours and preservatives
Free of artificial sweeteners
Low in carbohydrates and lactose
High in micronutrients and fibre
...this product has an array of great ingredients. First, the main protein used in "whey protein concentrate", which means it has been manufactured using low temperatures, and thus does not de-nature the amino acids. This product has also been micro-filtered, meaning its protein content stays high, but the sugar "lactose" and fat get lost in the process.
Formulite also contains fibre (9g/100g), which ensures our gut stays super happy by supporting the growth of good bacteria.
My favourite thing about Formulite is that it contains probiotics (good bacteria). These are essential for maintaining a healthy gut. This improves our body's ability to digest nutrients, and thus increases our chances at recovery (where it be illness or exercise related).
Compared to other meal replacement shakes and products on the market, you can see why Formulite is simply the best!
Just have a look at the amazing ingredients and nutrient panel below!
From my own experience, I have loved using Formulite as a meal replacement and also in many of my recipes to boost their protein profile: Healthy Pink Pancakes, Healthy Peanut Butter Dip / My Green / Purple Smoothies. (You should totally give them all a go!)
I recommend this product to anyone trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, lose weight, gain muscle mass or for pre-bariatric surgery. Like everything nutrition-related however, it is very important to use nutritional supplements under the guidance of an Accredited Practising Dietitian or Nutritionist.
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If you need more info, please head to Formulite's website, or contact them directly here.
Joyce Haddad, Director of A Dietitian's Mission, is an Adelaide based Dietitian/Nutritionist and Master Personal Trainer with a passion for health and wellbeing. ADM aims to help the public make informed and realistic nutritional choices and ensure everyone has a healthy relationship with their body and with food.