If you’re a fitness buff, you’re probably using protein powders or drinking commercially bought protein shakes on a regular basis. Are these instant pick-me-ups really helping your body? Read on to find out.
- Better Absorption Of Protein: Protein powders are pre-digested and hence, are quickly absorbed by the body, resulting in better muscle recovery post workout.
- Convenience: It’s easier to carry powder than carrying a lunchbox full of meat. You can add it to water or milk, and prepare a shake as per convenience.
- Variety: They come in a variety of flavors like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and many others. Thus, your post-workout meal need not be boring.
- Imbalance Of Nutrition: The carbohydrate, protein and fat content in these shakes is not balanced. A ¼ cup of protein powder has 20 grams of protein, 7.5 grams of fat, and 8 grams of carbohydrates. Moreover, they don’t provide antioxidants or plant-chemicals, which you can get from natural food sources.
- Expensive: All commercially available powders or pre-mixed shakes are high in cost, while high-protein foods like chicken, banana, orange, and spinach are relatively cheaper.
- Extra Calories: Artificial sweeteners and other additives make these shakes quite high in calories, definitely a bad choice for those trying to lose weight.
Try these natural, protein-rich drinks at home:
- Egg & Choco-Banana Smoothie
- It’s Easy Being Green Smoothie
- Chocolate Banana Almond Butter Smoothie
- Lean & Green Smoothie
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