Misconceptions about Protein: Choose Smart, Choose Natural

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Misconceptions about Protein: Choose Smart, Choose Natural

Protein supplements are becoming the norm in this day and age. All you have to do is take a quick stroll through a local GNC to see what I mean. The choices are just as varied as their claims. Slogans like: “build muscle fast” and “better than eggs” markets the differentiating brands to the masses. The logic is obvious: however, the science does not back up these claims.

Did you know?
  •  According to the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health:“To date, no studies have shown an advantage of ingesting protein supplements over natural, protein-containing foods; therefore, dietary sources of protein may be just as effective as protein supplemental sources in the regulation of muscle protein synthesis.”
  •  Supplement companies spend millions each year marketing their products and pushing “protein guilt.” 99% of their claims are false.
  •  Some studies have indicated a correlation between Kidney Failure and the ingestion of these products (including one of the most popular supplements – whey).
  •  Supplements are expensive and largely ineffective.
  • The cons “out whey” the pros regarding supplements.
  • Many, if not most body building athletes acquire their protein from natural sources. This includes: complete and incomplete proteins. 
  • A varied diet of natural foods will allow you to gain the best nutritional results.
  • Misconceptions about protein are “costly” to your pocketbook and your health.
Duellman, M. C., J. M. Lukaszuk, A. D. Prawitz, and J. P. Brandenburg. "Protein Supplement Users among High School Athletes Have Misconceptions about Effectiveness." PUBMED.gov. 22 July 2008. Web. 25 Jan. 2012. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18545198>.

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