Franco Columbu - The truth about protein powders

   Depending on protein powders is a danger that you should avoid. Many bodybuilders using these concentrates believe the advertisements that promote them as highly concentrated food products. Seeing 90% protein written on a label gives the impression that the stuff inside can originate from a more valuable protein source that egg, fish, poultry or meat. However, this does not mean that 90% of the powder is protein.

   At present, the average protein content of most brands rages between 40% and 70%. Some higher-quality products might supply 65-75%.

   An important difference should be noted between protein from animal source compared to proteins found in powdered concentrates, tablets and fruit/chocolate flavored drinks. Animal proteins are semi-live proteins  while the second are dead proteins based on the condition of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid)  molecules found in cells. These molecules work as an information center, having codes and blueprints necessary for the body to assemble hundreds of different proteins. The DNA in animal protein remains alive and unbroken, even if the animal is slaughtered. In case of protein powders, the DNA is broken down during the manufacturing process, and it's ability to build tissues it's weakened.

  The protein concentrate is not absorbed into bloodstream to the same as dietary protein. For example, in comparing 4 grams of protein from an egg yolk with an equal weight of powdered protein, you will absorb about 3.5 grams of protein from the egg, but less than 2 from powder.

  Those who are underweight may gain an advantage by taking the powders, but not to replace eggs, fish, meat or poultry. Its is recommended to be mixed with milk or water rather that fruit juice, since the concentration of sugar does not combine well with protein and may putrefy in the colon without being digested.


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