Some of the frequently asked questions by the clients to us include - Are protein supplements healthy? When these can be consumed, how much can I consume at a time, will I get six packs after taking it, and so on. I am sure many of you might be confused regarding whether to consume these supplements daily... will it be safe?
Whey protein- The most in trend
The most important requirement of our body is protein and of course, carbohydrates and fats are in the limelight too. The commonly used protein supplement nowadays is whey protein. It is a high-quality protein derived from cow's milk; also soya protein and casein are available depending on the product.
Whey protein powder is made up of the water which we get after separating cottage cheese from milk. It is the most concentrated form of whey available. It comes in three major forms concentrate, isolate, and hydrolysate.
When do you require protein supplements?
Protein supplements should usually come into the picture only when:
- The protein intake is not sufficient compared to the dietary requirements.
- Medical conditions like cancer, AIDS, burns, and some other diseases (this is usually decided by the doctor and the dietitian).
- Your body is not able to digest the protein in natural foods.
- People like bodybuilders, people staying in hostels, and people who are reliable only on outside fast food or junk food.
- A pregnant woman is not able to consume a healthy well-balanced diet according to the nutritional requirement.
Are Protein supplements safe for daily consumption?
A balanced diet should contain protein that comes from the foods including:
- Lean meats like skinned out chicken and lean fish,
- Low-fat milk, and its derivative products.
When these foods are not included in the diet or you are under very high-intensity weight training only then go for a protein supplement under the guidance of your dietitian.
Side effects of high protein intake
Including a very high amount of protein in your diet has its own side effects like bloating, nausea, diarrhea, headache, skin problems, etc. So next time you think of buying a protein supplement, make sure you get approval from a fitness instructor and a prescription from your dietitian!