Healthy Eating! Protein Powders and Drinks.

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I just can’t help myself..it is inbuilt in me  I don’t trust any food manufacturers per se I think they are all out to make money from consumers and probably spend more on advertising their wares than they spend on producing the said product.

I have already been told by he who shall remain nameless that lots of athletes and famous people take these products and maybe I shouldn’t believe everything I read and would they really take something which would cause them harm or even endorse something to induce us to buy it???

The answer from me ( and it is my personal opinion) is a big fat YES! It is money in their bank! Come on…

How many foods have been mooted over the years as being the best thing since ” sliced bread”  even sliced bread with its bleached flour and all the other ingredients are not good for you…

INGREDIENTS:  White Bread (Enriched Wheat Flour (Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Iron(Ferrous Sulfate, Reduced Iron), Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Yeast, Salt, Soybean Oil, Sugar, Malt, Dough Conditioners(Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Sulfate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate),Calcium Propionate(To Retard Mold Growth))
ALLERGENS:  Wheat, Soybeans, Gluten

All those food colourings which were once so widely added to our foods are now banned in many countries…

Low-fat food… Now that was the biggest diet money spinner ever methinks….What is being said now? All those low-fat yoghurts, cereals, low-fat salad dressings low-fat sandwich spreads…what do they have in common??? Massive amounts of sugar!

I could go on forever but you all know what I am saying don’t you? But how many people are still buying them???

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Obesity is on the rise…Cancers are on the rise… skin conditions are on the rise…mood swings, anxiety is on the rise… everything is on the rise….

Well, if you told me the pound was on the rise against the dollar ..I would be ecstatic…I would be jumping up and down…So would you!

But to read about all these other things being on the rise..that is not good….

Now back to protein drinks/powders…I know people who take them…I know they are being endorsed by all these celebrities and I know as well as you do and  I can take an educated guess how much money the industry is worth … I said earlier that I have been virtually told that I talk rubbish sometimes…. I may not know exactly what is in everything and exactly how it can affect us by continually consuming it….BUT….I ain’t stupid either and you may fool the masses…..But you won’t convince me I am wrong ever….

Well, I wasn’t talking rubbish all these years ago back in 1980 when I wouldn’t let my kids have a  Mr Frosty or have slush puppies…Why? My answer was if it does that to your tongue what does it do to your insides…As simple as that!

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Interestingly it is still sold but MINUS those sachets of hyper inducing colours and sugars….I was browsing the internet the other week and lo and behold…I was ecstatic this very fit young man…an athlete was NOT endorsing the use of Protein drinks/powders. He was saying that too much protein is really bad for you and that as a career athlete he kept his body fit by eating a healthy varied diet also he is a fitness trainer and doesn’t endorse the use of protein powders/drinks to his clients.

This made me do my own research and I was not surprised but then  I have never been over the years when all these new things are paraded in front of us…The advertising industry must be laughing out loud all the way to the bank.

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This article by Mercola is an interesting one and well worth a read it tells you all the pitfalls of taking protein powders. So many athletes die young and many of those deaths could have been avoided.

Researchers at Oxford University in the UK also found no evidence that protein powders produced any better results than a healthy balanced diet.

Yet that train lumbers on and at speed…..

Forward 10 years from now….What do you think will be the topic of conversation about Protein powders and drinks.?..Will they still be lauded as the best thing since sliced bread?????

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I think I will place my bet now!

Rant over and I feel much better for that…What is your opinion on Protein Powders?

If you have missed any of my other Healthy eating posts then I have added a couple of the links below: I hope you enjoy them…

Healthy Eating cooking with Coconut Flour

Healthy eating …Potassium

 

13 thoughts on “Healthy Eating! Protein Powders and Drinks.

  1. Doctor Jonathan

    Although I agree the sources we turn to for nutrients is vitally important, I do not believe that quality powdered proteins are necessarily bad. They are not a basis for nutrient intake, but rather a supplemental source. If one is going to supplement, one must find a QUALITY product. There are many protein powders that contain harmful ingredients unknown to the average person. This is where manufactures take advantage of consumers.

    I believe the average consumer should be eating more protein in their diet. Whey protein (especially immediately post exercise) is an excellent supplement to help meet the increased needs for most people. Again, one must do some research to find a QUALITY whey protein among the many garbage sources that exist. Most protein bars are among these “garbage” sources.

    Although Dr. Mercola provides a formula for protein needs, the formula can not be used by everyone. In addition, the average person needs to exercise a good deal more than he or she typically does. The protein needs of a 20 year old are different than the needs of a 60 year old weighing the same amount.

    The simplest way to balance protein needs is to consume them as part of every meal. Dr. Mercola’s formula provides approximately 15% of calorie intake from protein. I am more comfortable with a range between 25-35%. Dr. Mercola supports a higher (quality) fat diet than I support. It’s not that I oppose healthy fats; I am more concerned about higher fat percentages among a population that gets so many of their calories from poor sources of carbohydrates. Higher fats PLUS high carbs is a formula for disaster! If people consume (on average) approximately 30% protein, approximately 40% (quality carbs) and approximately 30% (quality fat) in their diet, AND incorporate lifestyle habits that support good health, these ratios (for the most part) would yield excellent results.

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      I don’t dispute what you are saying at all…I am not a doctor..I just think consumers believe to easily what they read and see on TV. I also have this inbuilt distrust of food manufacturers and celebrity endorsements in the main…But you have raised some good points and I respect that as you are the doctor here not me 🙂 Thank you for commenting so fully 🙂

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      1. Doctor Jonathan

        I strongly encourage you to continue sharing your feelings on the many health subjects you post. There is a lot of subjectivity in health and I am a strong believer in the benefits of intuition. I also believe the dialogue we create provides useful information for people. Opinions are formed from varied sources and views. This helps people make better informed decisions.

        I am a doctor, but I have made plenty of mistakes and will likely continue to make plenty more. My goal is not to concern myself with “fearful” mistakes, but rather LEARNING from them. Doctoring (in my opinion) is a combination of science and ART. We understand so little about the human body, it is arrogant of us to claim to have all the answers.

        I truly appreciate your willingness to share your opinions and knowledge on various health care topics. My intent is to share a potentially differing opinion when one exists (based on my experience and studies); NOT to minimize your opinions or your personal experiences. I hope this honest form of dialogue is received with the good intentions offered.

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      2. blondieaka Post author

        Of course, it is.. I like an honest exchange of views it makes for a rounded debate or exchange and is also how we learn…I fully expected comments and am grateful for your contribution .

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  2. Vidya Narayan

    I try & make it a point not to consume or atleast limit my intake of anything that comes out of a packet or bottle. Protein is present in the food that we consume i.e. your vegetables, milk, cottage cheese etc & i think if we could just focus on these things, we don’t really need to resort to such things that could maybe cause some serious health damage too in the long run. Nice share.

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      1. Vidya Narayan

        Not at all difficult. In fact it really feels good when you try to do things yourself (from scratch). Food is an energy source to body so if one needs to lead a healthy life, we should try & limit our intake of preservatives, packaged food etc

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  3. Scott andersen

    I think you and I have written the same article, although mine was focused on technology and the many ripoffs that are out there trying to leverage people’s fear. I love this piece. I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I can eat, and what I can’t eat. In the end you have to eat what keeps you alive!

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