Protein drinks are drinks with high protein content. They are made by adding a protein source to fluids. There are also protein powders available in drug stores and groceries. They are considered food and nutrient supplements. With the popularity of protein drinks and powders, are these drinks beneficial or detrimental to our health.
Proteins are indeed necessary for our body. Protein helps in building muscles, skins, hairs, nails and internal organs. There are twenty amino acids needed for the human body to grow. Eight amino acids are produced by our body. They are necessary and should be present in the food we eat. While, the other twelve amino acids are manufactured within the body.
Manufactures and some study showed that after a protein drinks are necessary to drink after intense exercise or training where muscle tissues are damaged. Protein is needed and necessary to repair muscles after physical exertion. Therefore, it is imperative that a person who is exercising intensely should consume more protein.
But there are contrasting beliefs. There are some studies that agree that resistance and endurance training can really break down muscle protein and increase the need for protein consumption. But even so, there is no need to consume protein drinks. Why?
During intense exercise, there is an increased need for calories which is proportional to increase need of protein. So, when the amount of food that you eat increases, so does your calorie intake and your protein intake increases proportionally. Eating plant foods like vegetables, whole grains, beans, and nuts can get you the protein amount you need without drinking protein shakes and powders.
There are some studies concerning protein shakes and powders. These studies showed that when whey protein is added to rat diet, there is a relative increase of tumors and cancers. That is why most researchers and health care professionals, show concern on the high consumption of protein supplements.
But both sides agree that protein drinks should never be the only source of protein. As mentioned, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and whole grains can amount into about 50 grams of protein per 1000 calories. Consuming green vegetables would give you the needed protein without heart and cancer risks. Also, animal products are good sources of protein.
Aside from the protein that you will get from these vegetables, you also get natural antioxidants that can protect you against other risks of heart diseases, hypertension and cancer.
Too much is never too wise. In a survey, the East German Olympic team of 1964, which are composed of 600 athletes, there are less than 10 people alive today. Muscular growth and increased body mass with the aid of supplements and steroids increased the factors for heart attacks and other diseases in the long run. This served as a reminder for us, we need to consider the long tern effects of what we are consuming, eating or drinking right now.
Protein drinks and other kinds of supplements can definitely have an impact on out health. It could be bad or good. We should always consider the long term effects and not only the short term impact of what we eat and drink. But good health can never be measured with how big our biceps and laterals are.
Our physical size can never be the basis of good health. It can be judged by our strength, resistance to illnesses, longevity, and our youthful vigor as we grow old.