I received a lot of questions about protein shakes thanks to the recent post on Janet’s fan page. So I wanted to respond to some of them to help you better understand what they’re really made of
and what they do. So here’s what’s shaking with these protein drinks.
First, not all protein shakes are made the same. One shake does not fit all so they should not be considered a fitness fad! There are different types of protein, so there are different types of shakes to meet individual needs:
Casein: Makes up 80% of protein in cow’s milk. You want to drink it at night because it takes a while–about 7 hours–for the body to digest it.
Soy: For you vegans and lactose-intolerant it’s a good alternative. There’s even more dairy free options available too.
Whey: The most popular because it absorbs fast. Like casein it’s also found in milk.
There’s also brown rice, pea, egg, and hemp–yes, the same hemp that might appeal to Snoop Dog and Cheech & Chong, LOL—but for this post I’ll focus on the more popular varieties previously mentioned.
Why do people drink protein shakes? The most obvious reason is to add more protein to your body. Men should get 100 grams per day. Women should reduce that to 75 grams. Some people also use them as a meal replacement, while more trained athletes use them to help their muscles recover from intense workouts.
Some protein shakes on the market are designed specifically to give you a high protein meal and fill you up at the same time, but you don’t want to be dependent on these drinks for protein. I still want you to eat food!
As I said before shakes are great after an intense workout and should be had right after your workout to help fuel and support lean muscle mass.
So tell me in the comments below your experience with protein shakes. If you have more questions leave those too, I like reading and responding to them when I have time.