The PROs of PROTEIN POWDER
by Sarah Duncan
When most of
us hear the phrase protein powder we think of a muscle-bound
body builder swigging back a thick shake while checking out his
biceps in the mirror.
disregard it, though. Protein powder could be an excellent source
of calories and protein in a SHTF world.
powder requires no refrigeration even after opening.
powder requires no further preparation than putting it in a jar
with liquid and shaking it.
powder can take the place of meals if necessary.
powder comes in many tasty flavors.
powder is easily portable in Ziploc bags for a bug-out scenario.
go to the bodybuilding store or supplement aisle to purchase your
stash of protein powder, there are a few things to learn about the
different types so that you can make the best decision for your
The most common
protein source for powders is whey protein. Whey protein
is derived from milk. Whey protein concentrate contains some lactose
and fats, whereas whey protein isolate is nearly pure protein. People
with mild lactose intolerance can generally tolerate the protein
of protein derived from milk is casein protein. Casein
moves slowly through the digestive tract and can help you feel full
longer. The protein is easily digested by most but this will definitely
cause problems for those who deal with any degree of lactose intolerance.
Next we have
egg white protein. This is an excellent source of pure
protein but these powders are far more expensive. The body processes
egg white protein with nearly 100% efficiency. Remember that eggs
are a very common allergen be careful when sharing this product
is an array of vegetarian proteins. Hemp, pea, soy and
rice proteins are the most common. These are generally higher in
fiber (the others have almost no fiber) but the protein is not as
bioavailable (easily processed and used by the body) as the protein
in the other options. The vegetarian powders are generally very
expensive, have a lower protein count per scoop and, in my opinion,
When you get
to the supplement aisle, you will want to do some label-reading.
Body-builders generally have the goal of weight gain or fat loss.
Weight gain powders contain high levels of carbohydrates and calories.
Pure protein powders are used to aid in the loss of fat while maintaining
muscle mass, and will have a low carbohydrate and fat count.
First of all,
look for a powder with ingredients that you can actually pronounce.
Steer away from artificial sugars like aspartame, Sucralose, and
saccharine. Those are just another name for poison we are
looking for REAL nutrients!
You also want
to avoid processed sugars such as sucrose, high fructose corn syrup,
brown rice syrup (not as healthy as it sounds) and all those other
ose-es. Cane sugar, honey, agave and stevia are good
natural sweeteners, some of which add some healthy carbohydrates.
When you read
the label you are looking for at least 24 grams of protein per serving.
The grams of fat depend on your personal goals. Because I use these
powders all the time as a fitness supplement, I look for low fat
versions. However if you are only storing these powders as a SHTF
food, the high fat version may be what you are looking for. If the
carbohydrates are very low less than 3 grams per serving
carefully read over the ingredients to make sure the product
does not contain artificial sweeteners. If the carbs are high, you
are checking for the ose-es processed sugars.
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