Nutrition experts everywhere support the addition of protein to your daily diet. However, most Americans choose the wrong kinds of proteins.
The USDA recommends eating a varied selection of clean, lean protein throughout the day, but finding the time to cook a perfect meal can be tough and choosing the right protein powder can be confusing.
So to help clear things up, here are 7 things you need to know about protein and protein powders:
1. It’s worth the hype. Protein has a thermic effect on the body because it takes longer to digest. This means up to 30% of the calories consumed from lean protein are burned while you process them. Protein helps balance your blood sugar levels by preventing insulin spikes (the same ones behind your afternoon candy cravings!), which can prevent unhealthy food choices. Also, protein intake after resistance training reduces muscle damage and increases lean muscle mass.
2. It’s best consumed from whole foods. When it comes to protein, nothing beats a whole foods powder. If you don’t have time to get protein from a real-food source, whole food protein powders are as clean as it gets—lacking chemicals, preservatives, and artificial sweeteners. For 18g of plant-based protein (from hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, and peas), try ALOHA Protein, available in vanilla and chocolate! It contains all nine essential amino acids and is rich in healthy omega-3s.
3. Stay away from whey. Whey is one of the most common and cheapest types of protein supplementation. However, whey is a heavily processed derivative of dairy and contains lactose, a common allergen that is indigestible for some. This is why ALOHA’s Protein Powders use only the cleanest plant-based protein sources. Plus, plants have extra vitamins and nutrients!
4. Beware of sugar. Many protein powders contain added sugars or artificial sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup, sucralose, aspartame, or acesulfame potassium. Despite their zero-calorie label, artificial sweeteners have been proven to inhibit weight loss and affect blood sugar levels, putting people at risk for diabetes and metabolic disorders. Artificial sugars may dull a person’s response to regular whole sugar, and so more sugar is consumed. ALOHA’s Protein Powders are sweetened with fruits because fructose is the best kind of natural sweetness for your body.
5. Oh boy, no soy! Americans are eating more soy than ever, often in protein powders. Studies show that an excessive intake of soy can have negative effects on reproductive development and fertility. The large amounts of isoflavones (estrogen-mimicking compounds) in soy can disrupt the body’s normal hormone function. In recent years, soy has also been criticized for its frequent genetic modification. That’s why all ALOHA products are soy-free!
6. Not all proteins are the same. In order for a protein to be considered “complete”, it needs to contain all nine of the essential amino acids, the necessary building blocks of a healthy diet. Many proteins don’t come complete with all nine. Luckily, the ALOHA Protein Powders have a complete essential amino acid profile, so you’re covered!
7. Turn down the heavy metal (and toxicity). Several protein powders on the market have been shown to contain dangerous levels of heavy metals—such as cadmium, arsenic, and lead (like in pencils). Specifically, several brown rice protein products were cited for high levels of the heavy metal tungsten.Exposure to these toxins could pose serious health risks, causing damage to the organs and body systems.
So now that you’re informed, pick up your serving of ALOHA Protein Powder today. It’ll be the easiest decision you make all day!