is big business, in fact protein powders and amino acid supplements are worth
billions of dollars worldwide, and this figure increases year on year.
are the affects all positive? We take a look.
Myth no. 1
The more protein you eat, the more
muscle you will build.
is the widely held belief that additional protein will build additional muscle
– either through meat or supplements. Professor Thomas Sanders of Kings College
London says, “this simply isn’t true, there are some quite nice trials which
now shows that giving people extra protein doesn’t actually increase muscle
mass, what builds up muscle is exercise and load-bearing and the body has ways
of conserving its existing protein to do that“.
Myth no. 2
Protein supplements are a great
way to meet your protein needs.
get protein in our normal diet. It is found in meat, fish, eggs and dairy food,
as well as vegetables such as legumes, grains, nuts and seeds. Many people
consume double the amount of recommended intake of protein every day, and when
you rely on supplements for protein you may miss out on all the other nutrients
that natural foods contain such as iron, zinc, calcium and omega 3 fatty acids.
on protein food during the course of the day is a good way to spread out your protein
intake. Snacks such as vegetables fruit or a handful of nuts to graze on are
good options to a protein supplement.
Myth no. 3
There is no harm in protein
largely depends on how much protein powder you’re taking. Up to 2 to 3 g/ kilo
of body weight per day doesn’t appear to carry any health risks, but you should
be more careful if considering protein intake that go beyond this acceptable
surplus amino acids you are taking get broken down and excreted, while any
protein your body doesn’t need is usually stored as fat. This can lead to
weight gain over time.
potential risks of excessive protein include constipation, dehydration, calcium
loss and kidney damage. Additionally, several large observational studies have linked
high-protein diets with an increased incidence of cancer, heart disease and
conclusion, experts on their urging caution claiming that protein powders and
supplements are relatively new trend and we really don’t know the long-term effects.
this in mind, research would appear to be a wise course of action as well as
consultation with your doctor if you have any doubt.
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