Protein Powder: Truths and Myths

Author: Nicole Adler   Date Posted: 3 August 2016 

There are a number of myths surrounding protein powder. If you want to discover the truths and myths regarding protein powder supplements, be sure to read on. Below, we have summarised the best known truths and myths about protein powder supplements.

Myth: Protein Powder Damages the Kidneys

Research has shown that protein powder supplements do not have a negative impact on the kidneys. Of course, athletes with kidney problems should not take a tremendous amount of protein powder supplements. Instead, always stick to the recommended dose and always contact your physician if you have any kidney related problems.

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Myth: Protein Cannot Be Used for Cooking

Even though some protein supplements cannot be used to prepare meals, there are some dedicated protein supplements that can be used for cooking. Please note that not all supplements are suitable for cooking, so always check your protein supplement and its suitability for food preparation before you use it.

Truth: Protein Supplements Can Aid Weight Loss

Protein supplements are not only used for muscle growth, because some types of protein can also be used for weight loss. A good example of such a protein is whey protein, considering this protein supplement has muscle growth and weight loss properties.

The use of protein supplements may initially cause a weight gain, because the protein supplement will also help to build muscle. Since muscle weighs more than fat, a slight weight gain in the first weeks of your training program is not uncommon. However, over the course of time you will lose more weight because muscle has the ability to burn a lot more calories.

Myth: Protein Supplements Will Make Women More Masculine

Many women do not want to use protein supplements because they believe that a protein supplement will make them look too jacked. However, protein supplements do not have that power. The manner in which your body changes depends on how you train and the specific exercises you do; it does not have anything to do with the use of a protein supplement.

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Myth: I Do Not Need Protein for Endurance

Most athletes believe they only need protein for muscle gain, not for endurance. This is a myth, because protein can contribute to better endurance for many athletes. When you had a strenuous workout, your body needs the building blocks to restore the muscles. Protein is an important part of that, because a lack of protein can lead to longer recovery times and even injuries. In conclusion, endurance athletes can benefit greatly from protein supplements.

Truth & Myth: Protein Can Cause Flatulence

The fact that protein can cause flatulence is a truth as well as a myth, because it actually depends on the athlete using the supplement. Some athletes are sensitive to dairy products, which many cause flatulence when they use a dairy-based protein supplement. That being said, there are some alternatives on the market for athletes that have these digestion problems. Instead of whey or casein protein, you can also choose one of the vegetable based proteins such as pea protein.

Data based on vanilla flavour ND Total Whey WPC ND Mass Muscle WPI Calcium Caseinate
Protein per serve (g) 22.2 23 26.2 26.7 28.1
Take For
Type of protein/s Whey Whey Whey & Casein Whey Casein
Carbs per serve (g) 3.4 4.2 26.5 1.9 0.8
Fat total per serve (g) 1.3 1.3 1.6 0.6 0.2
Sugars per serve (g) 3.2 3.2 10.4 1.4 0.3
Serving Size (g) 35 30 60 30 30
Serves per kilo 28 33 16 33 33
Additional Premium Ingredients Amino blend, colostrum, creatine, glutamine   Amino blend, carb blend,colostrum, creatine    
Notes Complete muscle-building formula The least processed budget powder Ultimate Post workout bulking powder Fast absorbing powder Slow release high density powder
Flavours Chocolate Vanilla Chocolate, Vanilla, Honeycomb, Strawberry, Banana, Natural Chocolate Vanilla Chocolate, Vanilla, Honeycomb, Strawberry, Banana, Natural Chocolate, Vanilla, Natural

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