What’s the Scoop on Protein?
Increasing protein intake from food sources, powders and shakes has gone beyond the athlete and the gym. It is more mainstream, taken by elderly, time-deprived adults that need a good food source, fast-growing teens, post surgery for recovery and yes dieters that want a suitable meal replacement to reduce carb intake. The why? Because protein is healing and can restore muscle, bone,
cartilage, skin and blood.Protein is in every every cell of your body. The idea of protein building lean muscle may also conjure up visions of your muscles growing to enormous proportions, but protein does not do this. Protein, as a building block, helps you to maintain and build lean muscle. Here is how it works. When you are weight training you are breaking down the muscle fibres, how they get stronger is during the repair phase, protein helps with this. Your growing teenager will not get huge muscles from taking protein, but it will help to ensure healthy and more resilient growth of their muscle fibres. For the elderly or those recovering from injury the same applies, where cartilage and muscle require protein for repair. It also helps reduce atrophy and wasting away of muscle, bone and cartilage. Protein is an excellent addition to help reduce caloric intake because it can assist with satiety (you feel full longer), reduce sugar cravings and with so many options now for all-in-one shakes, it may also help as a meal replacement. Protein is also a prebiotic and helps feed those good bacteria, thus improving intestinal disorders. One of the most growing trends relative to protein is in Vegan Proteins.
The Growing Trend towards Vegan Proteins
Similar to how regular protein supplements are moving out of gyms to more mainstream, Vegan Proteins are moving beyond vegans into daily regimes. Vegan proteins are plant-based and while they function to help with all the same things that traditional protein supplements do, they differ in their nutrient offering. Plant-based proteins (depending on the brand) generally contain more naturally occurring nutrients and sources of fibre. If they are fermented and sprouted such as the Iron Vegan Protein, they can provide B vitamins, Vitamin C and Enzymes. The added benefits of fibre in vegan proteins aid in digestion and removal of wastes it promotes a healthy gut
microbiome and is associated with lowering cardiovascular risks. Products such as Iron Vegan Sprouted Protein use fermented whole grains, seeds and brown rice (sprouted quinoa, amaranth, millet and pumpkin seed) as the base for their protein supplements. Making them more like a whole meal rather than just a protein supplement. Vegan supplements are becoming so popular that products such as Iron Vegan Amino Acids and Iron Vegan Glutamine are starting to emerge, opening up the offering for vegans or those looking for really clean supplements sources. You should consider a protein supplement whether it be vegan or traditional if you are elderly or for your elderly parents where appetite has decreased. They can provide nutritious calories into your diet and help heal and recover. Anyone on the go from teens to adults that do not have time and need to eat on the run can benefit from a protein smoothie especially if you can add in fibres, greens, fruits etc. Vegetarian type proteins are great for non-meat eaters who have a hard time getting the right amount of amino acids through your regular diets.
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