On Protein Drinks

Pro­tein shakes and other protein-enriched drinks have become fairly pop­u­lar over the past few years. Body builders and earnest, ded­i­cated ath­letes have used them to build mus­cle mass. How­ever, nor­mal peo­ple are drink­ing them, rely­ing on them for pro­tein when they’re on the go, miss a meal, or want assis­tance in los­ing weight.

While pro­tein drinks boast plenty of muscle-building poten­tial for body builders, they may not be the best option for non-athletes. For one thing, it’s esti­mated that most Amer­i­cans con­sume 50% more pro­tein than they need in a day. Too much pro­tein goes unused by the body. It is even thought that high lev­els of pro­tein intake facil­i­tate cal­cium excre­tion and can lead to osteoporosis.

Another issue is sugar con­tent. Many pro­tein drinks con­tain large amounts of sugar to make them taste bet­ter. This sugar holds many empty calo­ries that are con­verted to fat by the body. There are many sugar-free options out there, but many of them are filled with arti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers and other chem­i­cals that can have an adverse affect on the body.

The bot­tom line seems to be this: if you’re a seri­ous ath­lete or body builder, pro­tein shakes can help you add mus­cle mass. If you’re a nor­mal per­son look­ing get enough pro­tein for proper bod­ily func­tion, it’s best to get that pro­tein from real food. And if you’re using pro­tein drinks as meal replace­ments, it’s bet­ter to do so occa­sion­ally and not mul­ti­ple times of day, everyday.