What's the Big Hype About Protein?

posted Sep 28, 2015, 1:30 PM by Megan Niño   [ updated Apr 26, 2016, 5:18 PM ]

What is protein?

Protein are large molecules made up of amino acids, which our body/cells need to function.

Why is protein important? 

There are about 20 amino acids (such as glutamine, alanine, luesine, etc). These amino acids are the building blocks of protein and can be arranged for specific functions. These functions include: growth/repair, making hormones, muscle contractions, making enzymes, transporting stuff such as hemoglobin, cellular responses, and etc. 20% of our body weight is made of protein.

When should I consume protein?

Taking protein within an hour of training or working out helps with muscle recovery and development. 

What's the difference between Veggie proteins and Whey Protein?
Veggie Protein, usually made of soy or peas, are usually vegetarian and vegan friendly. The properties can be different from whey, but it is not anything significant. Whey protein is not vegetarian friendly. Many whey proteins are made of whey isolates, which are smaller, more efficient sources that can be absorbed at a faster rate.

What should I look for when buying protein?

1. Is the product organic?
2. Is it concentrated (has no fillers)? Concentrated products = better quality and more for your buck
3. Does the brand know where it's nutrients came from? Do they have control over the agricultural process?
4. What other nutrients or properties are added? (Antioxidants, CLA, Caffeine, Creatine, Valerian, etc) 

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