The BPI Protein Bible: Whey Protein Fact vs Fiction
May 3, 2016
Part 1 of the BPI Protein Bible uncovers the FACT vs FICTION of whey protein.
FACT VS FICTION
“There are too many fillers…I just want straight protein”
“I can’t use protein because I bulk up too fast”
“Protein makes me sick because I’m lactose intolerant”
Rumor after rumor, misconception after misconception – if you’ve heard any of these before or have had similar thoughts prior, keep reading. Part 1 of the BPI Protein Bible uncovers the truths and the all-too-common rumors on whey protein.
Unfortunately, with the rise in protein popularity comes supplement companies looking for various ways to cut costs. “Protein Spiking” is the term being used for this exact scenario. Protein spiking is essentially non-protein ingredients being added in to the content of the protein concoction and it being passed off as actual protein content. Let’s take a step back, though. You take protein to help you reach your goals. You take protein to maintain a healthy, balanced diet and strong body. That being said, if the true protein content is not EXACTLY what it states on the label of the product you’re buying, then how can you expect it to yield the results you are after? That fact of the matter is, you can’t, and that’s the real reason behind why BPI Sports started using ChromaDex®, a natural products company and leading independent laboratory to test all of our proteins. This Third Party Verification protocol ensures no protein spiking and that the true ingredients and protein content match exactly what’s on the label. You want to know what you are buying…and this makes certain that you do.
WOMEN AND PROTEIN:
While women typically need less protein than men, women still need protein in their diets. Taking a scoop of protein is almost equivalent to a chicken breast. When you think grilled chicken breast, you don’t assume weight gain or automatic muscle gains. In other words, simply adding a scoop or two or protein in your day will not make you bulky, it will help you build a lean, more toned physique. In fact, there are multiple health benefits for women taking protein supplements. Muscle gain and fat loss go hand-in-hand. The more muscle you have, the more calories your body will burn at rest and the more fat your body will be able to burn off. For more drastic weight loss, a protein shake is a good alternative for breakfast on-the-go or an in-between meals snack. BPI proteins specifically are on the lower end of the caloric scale and contain little fat and low carbohydrates. It’s all of the good stuff and none of the junk.
Contrary to popular belief, even with lactose sensitivity (sugar found naturally in milk products), the lactose intolerant people of the world may still be able to consume whey protein isolate. Whey protein isolates contain around 1% lactose; typically not enough lactose to really effect you. However, it’s always better to take it slow if you have concerns. Start with ½ scoop mixed with water and see how your body reacts.
WHEY PROTEIN POWDER OVER FOOD:
While yes, whey protein powders are more rapidly absorbed in the body and provide you with the nutrients you need after a workout (for muscle recovery), whey protein is called a supplement for a reason. Whole foods such as chicken, eggs, fish, etc are considered complete proteins and have different amino acid profiles than protein shakes. Solid foods cannot be completely swapped out for protein powders if you truly want to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. However, protein powders are perfect for in-between meals, an hour before your workout, 30 minutes after you workout, and any other time of the day that it’s inconvenient to prepare a meal. Whey protein powders are a cost effective and convenient way to get the good-for-you protein nutrients you need for optimal lean muscle growth, recovery, and weight loss.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, stay tuned for The Protein Bible Part 2 where we will cover how your favorite snacks stack up nutritionally to protein shakes as well as how to take your protein.