Should I have a protein shake?
I’m sure ninety-nine percent of you have ever heard of protein shakes. Many of you have even taken them.
Most of us know that it is a supplement and is therefore natural. That is, protein shakes are generated from whey. Here you have more information on this subject.
So for each and every one of you who believes that they are evil, artificial, etc. you are wrong.
That said, let’s get to the question: Should I have a protein shake?
The answer is it depends. I’ll explain myself.
Every person, regardless of their objective, anatomical composition, physical activity, age, etc., needs their daily ration of kilocalories, proteins, fats and also carbohydrates (a part of the rest of the micronutrients: fibre, vitamins, minerals?).
Then we will put a case of a person who, because of his physical, objective and other peculiarities, needs a ration of 200gr of protein a day.
To provide those grams of protein we will need to eat the appropriate amount of food containing it: chicken meat, veal, pork, white fish, oily fish, egg, turkey, milk, youghourt, cheese? etc.
100gr of chicken breast contains about 20gr of protein. Therefore, if we eat 100gr we still need 180gr to reach those 200gr daily. If we eat 200g we would have 40g of protein, which would mean we would be missing 160g.
To this must be added the relevant amount of other foodstuffs mentioned above until the time when, in their entirety and with their relevant (fundamental) amount, we have provided the 200 grams of protein required daily.
I hope you have noticed the relevance not only of the food we eat but also of its QUANTITY.
Well, there are people who, for some reasons or other, are unable to reach that amount of protein with solid food. So they’re not hungry because they’re tired of eating so much meat/fish/etc? and this is where protein shakes come in.
Protein shakes are an edible, yes, edible powder that is mixed with liquid and gives us X amount of protein according to the amount we use. So, if with our solid nutrition we only get to ingest 150gr of protein? we must ingest so much of the shake to contain those 50gr leftovers (this can be done in 1 shot or two shots, is indifferent).
This way we would already have the 200 grams of protein we need.
More things need to be considered, including the quality of these protein shakes. As with everything in life, there is good, bad, bad, bad, normal and very good quality.
If we spend money on something that is to ingest our body that is less than quality. It’s the same with groceries. It is not exactly the same to eat a pre-cooked food with a lot of protein in it as it is to eat a homemade food without additives, sweeteners, preservatives, etc.
That’s why we have to be very careful about the brand of protein we eat. Here I speak completely about everything that happens with the marks and the care you must have.
And to conclude, one last thing must also be taken into consideration:
Assuming that the protein shake we consume is of a high quality, we need to know that the protein we are eating is going to be used 100% by our body for what reason? For the biological value of this is greater than that of any other foodstuff. That is to say, of the 20 grams of chicken breast, our body will not take advantage of 100 percent, but rather a lower percentage, in contrast to the QUALITY protein shakes if you are going to take advantage of it.
(In the previous link I also explain it).
So….maybe it’s better to incorporate certain grams of protein into a shake every day, right?
In a nutshell:
If the shakes are of quality? if it is good to bring a certain amount of them to our nutrition.
Protein shakes are natural.
Protein shakes are not bad when they are of good quality, what is harmful is an excess of protein. If we need to consume 200g and we also consume considerably more? we are going to have difficult problems, but they are not inconvenient because of ingesting milkshake proteins but rather because of an excess of protein normally independent of the milkshakes.
So if you want to include protein shakes in your nutrition, you should have a CUSTOMIZED diet so you know how many grams of protein you should eat so that you don’t get too much or too little. You shouldn’t incorporate shakes into your nutrition this way because you do.
I hope you found it useful and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have in my comments 🙂