The Truth Behind Protein Powders


When you buy your protein supplements, do you just buy the one suggested? Do you fall for the trend and buy what is “popular”? Do you buy the brand that is on sale? Do you take the time to look at the ingredients? I mean REALLY look at the ingredients? The last thing you want to worry about when you make that amazing protein shake is how much fillers, toxins, sugar and harmful heavy metals you are ingesting. There has been a lot of hype lately about the amount heavy metal found in various protein powders, including “high quality” powders, organic and vegan! Athletes, body builders, all other consumers and health fanatics think they are doing their body a favour by taking a protein supplement, but in reality, if you don’t have the right protein supplement, you might be doing more harm than good! Not all protein powders are created equal. To make matters worse, numerous popular brands are loaded with sugar. If there’s one thing we DON’T need to add to the average highly processed diet, it is definitely sugar!

 

Protein is a vital macronutrient – essential for the sustenance of life, and next to water, makes up the largest portion of our body weight. The liver manufactures about 80% of these amino acids, but the remaining 20% of such amino acids must be supplied directly by diet, and these amino acids are referred to as the essential amino acids. Proteins are broken down in the stomach during digestion into amino acids, including the essential amino acids that cannot be biosynthesised by the body itself. Amino acids are the building blocks of our bones, muscles and tissue. It is important to note that, unlike fat and carbohydrates that can be stored in the body and utilised as required, protein cannot be stored; so it is vital to consume the appropriate amount of protein on a daily basis.

 

Amino acids are found in animal sources such as meats, milk, fish and eggs, as well as in plant sources such as grains, legumes, fruits, nuts and seeds. Vegetarians and vegans can get enough essential amino acids by eating a variety of plant proteins. The consequences of inadequate protein intake includes muscle loss, decreased metabolic rate, decreased immunity, impaired wound healing, and loss of skin elasticity. Choosing a diet rich in selected plant proteins eliminates the risks of saturated fats found in animal protein, allergic reactions and lactose intolerance due to whey protein and digestive difficulty with soy protein.

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Why and who should consume protein powder:

Since the body cannot store proteins, unlike fat and carbohydrates, it is important to consume sufficient amounts. Inadequate protein intake can result in muscle loss, decreased metabolic rate, decreased immunity, impaired wound healing and loss of skin elasticity. A basic rule of thumb is to consume protein powder or supplements if your diet doesn’t entirely provide you with the amount needed (by eating clean, lean proteins including legumes & beans, grass-fed, organic, bone broth, collagen gelatin, etc.). Here are a few reasons why it might be useful to consider a protein powder or supplement;

1 – Not enough lean proteins in your diet: Some lifestyle choices include eliminating many sources of protein from one’s diet.

2 – Growing: Growing teenagers need more protein. If they are also very active or working out, a protein supplement might be beneficial.

3 – Workout: When you are building muscle, starting a new workout regimen or when you amp up your workout, a protein supplement can provide the extra protein your body will need.

4 – Sports Injury: Many nutritionists suggest protein will help athletes heal faster from sports injuries.

5 – Weight Loss: Some studies suggest that increasing your lean protein intake can also make you feel fuller longer, which means you may eat fewer calories in a day. You may also be less likely to snack at night.

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How to choose a protein powder:

You’ve decided protein powder would be beneficial to your diet. Now what? Every single company out there claims their brand is “The next best thing since sliced bread”. Before buying a protein powder, it is important to do your research and make sure it is the right one for you. You should definitely research and consider the source of the protein(s), possible allergens, amino acids, sugar and quality control of the ingredients – just to name a few. Don’t ever hesitate or be afraid to call the number on the package and ask your questions! You have the right to know what you put in your body, and make an educated decision. A complete protein must contain all nine of the amino acids necessary for the human dietary needs. The price of protein powders often reflects on the quality you are getting; full spectrum of amino acids, sugar, fillers, toxins, chemicals, heavy metals (is the protein tested or not), etc.

Miessence’s Complete Protein includes all 9 essential amino acids required for optimal nutrition from plant-based sources, no toxins, fillers chemicals or sugar added. The creators of Miessence Complete Protein have considered many important factors to provide you with the best quality product possible, without harming the planet and our ecosystem. Complete Protein is raw, vegan, sprouted and biofermented. It doesn’t include any saturated fats found in animal protein, no whey protein or soy protein which can be a source of allergic reactions and intolerance. The following information may guide you in your research for the best protein powder, and to see if Miessence Complete Protein is right for you.

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Miessence Complete Protein powder is an easily digestible, extremely high protein, low carbohydrate, optimally balanced amino acid profile, superfood. Just one 25 gram serving provides almost 2/3 of the daily Essential Amino Acid requirement for a 70kg person!

 

• Certified Organic

• Sprouted and Biofermented

• Raw

• Plant-based

• Vegan

• Glutenfree

• Highly digestible

• Complete amino acid profile from complementary sources of grain, legume and seed, making up for the deficiencies of the limiting amino acid from each source.

• Hypoallergenic and suitable for people with intolerances to soy, dairy, wheat and eggs.

• Suitable for elite athletes & body builders, weight loss dieters, breastfeeding mothers, children, and the elderly.

• Natural sweet and nutty taste, easily dissolvable, suitable for sweet and savoury foods.

 

Ingredients: certified organic pea protein, certified organic brown rice, certified organic sacha inchi protein, non-GMO Xanthan Gum, certified organic luo han fruit protein.

 

Packaging: Packed in kraft paper standup pouches bags, each with a resealable ziplock. The lining serves as a very effective barrier to light, oxygen, odours, flavours, moisture, and bacteria.

 

Environmentally sustainable protein: Relying on animal sources as the primary protein intake imposes an enormous cost to the environment in terms of energy and water consumption, carbon dioxide production and pollution. Animal proteins are expensive for our wallets, and costly for our planet. Increasing the amount of quality plant proteins in our diet while reducing animal proteins benefits our health and our planet.

 

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