Updated: Apr 8, 2021
For an effective Active Life, one thing required most is Health for which proper Diet and Nutrients are very essential.
Proteins are an essential requisite for a human body and are important for build up of muscles, organs and skin, enzymes as well as hormones. Proteins are made up of amino acids, some of which are produced by the body while the others need to be taken through our diet. Animal protein is a great source of amino acids, hence people eating meat, fish, eggs or dairy products have a great protein intake. Proteins are a great source for losing weight as they boost up your metabolic rate by increasing the rate of calorie burn.
Most official nutrition organizations recommend a fairly modest protein intake. The DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, or 0.36 grams per pound.
But when it comes to fitness and exercise, the need for protein is desired to performs three crucial jobs for your bones and muscles -- repair, maintain and grow. During exercise, consumption of proteins helps repair broken down muscle and build it up again.
One would certainly have a question in mind – Why the need for additional proteins in form of protein powder?. The answer to the question comes from the fact that for vegans or those who find it difficult digesting dairy products, products providing proteins become very limited. Also athletes and sports people need more intake to support growth of muscles.
Powdered Protein comes in 2 basic forms – Plant Protein and Whey Protein
Plant Based Protein Powder – Plant based protein powder is a protein derived from plants. There are different kinds of plant-based protein powders available. Plant based Proteins do not majorly contain any sweetener or additives added and many of the ingredients used in plant based proteins are high in Omega-3, essential vitamins, and antioxidants.
Whey Protein Powder – Milk actually contains two main types of protein: casein (80%) and whey (20%). Whey protein is a mix of proteins which are isolated from whey, and are the liquid part of milk that separates during production of cheese. During the formation of cheese, the fatty parts of milk transform to a different state, whey is separated from it as a by-product. After getting separated during the production of cheese, this whey goes through different steps of processing to become what people generally know as whey protein — a powder which can be added and is consumed in different forms – be it as shakes, protein bars and meals.
Whey protein is a very convenient way of adding proteins to your body and is widely used by gym enthusiasts, body builders as well as by players of different sports who intend to keep their focus on loosing weight or increase bone weight because of the presence of amino acids required for muscle growth. It can also be used by anyone who intends to add protein intake to their body.
Although, It is recommended to consult Nutrition Experts and Doctors to understand the amount of intake required especially people with lactose intolerance. Before purchasing Protein Powder, keep a check on your overall objectives of fitness and exercises and check the Nutrition Labels.
We hope the above article has been able to provide information on the need for proteins and look forward to inputs and insights.
By – 360activeliving.