When Science Proves the Remedy: Whey protein: Why Should I Include it in My Diet?
Protein supplements are much more than a fad to be used only by sportsmen and fitness influencers with perfect bodies.
Science, to the benefit of health, has developed this type of product so that we all enjoy a healthier life, especially as we age.
Here, we explain all the benefits of this powerful and nutritional ally.
#1 If I already consume protein in my diet, why should I add a protein supplement to my diet?
Protein is indispensable for different processes of the body, especially for replenishing and creating muscle mass, and maintaining skin and bone health. (1)
A balanced diet should provide enough protein daily, since protein is not stored in the body like fat or carbohydrates. However, because of the fast pace in which we live, we do not always eat enough protein and have a marked deficiency, especially as we age.
#2 How is whey protein different from other proteins?
It is one of the proteins with the highest amount of amino acids. Therefore, it also has the highest nutritional value to help the body. In addition, it is the protein with the fastest absorption, making its amino acids reach the muscles sooner after exercising and helping their recovery. (2)
#3 In addition to building muscle, what other health benefits does whey protein provide?
Many! Protein is necessary for many bodily functions, such as regulating hormones, creating enzymes, controlling cholesterol, restoring tissue and bone and keeping our defenses active.
Adding a whey protein supplement has been proven to enhance all these natural processes in the body, as well as help prevent the risk of cardiovascular disease. (3)
#4 Can whey protein help me lose weight?
It can help you lose weight when consumed properly since it helps reduce fat and creates more muscle mass. Studies have shown that it increases the feeling of satiety to also control appetite. (4)
In addition, ingesting a whey protein supplement improves the body's muscle and fat composition, helping avoid pre-diabetes. When we are overweight or obese, we develop an imbalance known as metabolic syndrome that alters all the processes in our body. (5)
#5 How much protein do I need to consume per day?
Each person has different needs, but the general recommendation is a minimum of 0.8 grams of protein per 2.2 pounds of body weight. If you have any doubts, consult your doctor or nutritionist.
#6 What is the best time to consume whey protein?
You can enjoy it before or after an exercise session to help your body recover, or at any time of day as a healthy and delicious snack.
#7 Should I consume more protein as I get older?
Protein is always necessary. However, as we age, processing protein becomes less effective while the quality of bones and muscles deteriorates. Studies have shown that the more protein older people consume, the healthier they remain and the less likely they are to experience decreased mobility. (6) (7)
#8 Can I consume whey protein if I am lactose intolerant?
Whey protein is a derivative of milk, although it contains a very low amount of lactose. Moderate doses should not cause any major issues. However, in case of acute intolerance, it is better to opt for alternatives, always subject to the advice of your doctor.
#9 What other aspects should I consider when choosing a protein supplement?
Flavor, without added sugar! Look for one that is sweetened with stevia extract, which makes whey protein lighter, healthier and just as delicious.
High nutritional value. Make sure your protein concentrate and protein isolate have the highest possible value per serving. It should also be lactose and fat free.
Now that you know the benefits of including whey protein in your diet, it's time to find yours and begin enjoying it!
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