Is real food better than protein powder?
If I had a penny for every time I’ve been asked that….I’d buy myself a tub of whey protein.
But is real food really better than a protein powder?
Protein powder is marketed and sold as a supplement…but don’t let that put you off. All protein powders started their lives as whole/real food.
Whey protein is a by product of the cheese making process (milk is separated into curds and whey – curds make the cheese, whey makes the biceps).
Casein also comes from milk.
Soy protein comes from soybeans.
Pea protein comes from yellow split peas.
All popular protein powders come from ‘real food’ – during the manufacturing process the protein in the food source is isolated…all of the carbohydrates and fats are removed.
But aren’t processed foods bad?
Sometimes yes…but harmful/unhealthy processed foods normally have things added to them (sugars and fats for taste), but during the processing of protein powder sugars and fats are removed rather than added.
The only things added to a good quality protein powder are harmless sweeteners to improve their taste.
Not so bad! And definitely NOT unhealthy.
So protein powders are essentially food.
You know exactly what you’re getting…a convenient, high quality and relatively cheap protein source…perfectly appropriate for everyday consumption!