For many years, I’ve strongly recommended ConsumerLab.com for evidence-based and trustworthy advice about purchasing or ingesting herbs, vitamins, or supplements. This week I’m running some samples of their wares and encourage you to subscribe to this great site if you take or are considering any natural medicines. Oh, by the way, I have no financial connection to ConsumerLab at all.
This is the “Executive Summary” of ConsumerLab’s recent artilce: Probiotics: See What They Really Contain and Our Top Picks.
- Health benefits of protein powders: Extra protein (typically about 30 grams to 50 grams per day) from a powder or drink can help athletes build muscle and help older people prevent or reverse age-related loss of muscle and strength when used in conjunction with resistance-type exercise. It may also help people with diabetes maintain blood sugar levels and even help reverse diabetes if taken as part of low calorie diet (See What It Does).
- What type of protein powder is best? Protein products vary based on the source of protein (e.g., whey, casein, soy, rice, pea, egg, hemp, peanut, and cricket). All can help build muscle, but, in general, whey is most popular as it is a complete protein and rather quickly digested. Casein is digested more slowly — which is why it is sometimes taken in the evening to counter loss of muscle at night. Vegans may be more interested in plant sources, such soy, pea, rice, and hemp. See ConsumerTips™, Protein for more about each type of protein.
- What did CL’s tests of protein powders find? Among the protein products that ConsumerLab.com selected for review, three failed our tests, one of which was found to be contaminated with lead and contain more fat, sodium, and calories than listed. Interestingly, none of the failures related to protein content (see What CL Found). Among products that were Approved, the lowest cost to obtain an equivalent amount (20 grams) of protein was 42 cents while it was over $5 for some products with many additional ingredients See which products were CL’s Top Picks based on a combination of quality, value, and taste, and calories, and compare all of the products in the Results table.
- How to use protein powders: Protein taken after, rather than before, exercise may be more beneficial (See What It Does). Protein powders are typically mixed with water or other liquids such as milk or juice, but be aware that these can add calories (See What to Consider When Using). Also be aware that taste of powders varies by protein type, flavorings, the addition of sugar or other sweeteners, and that some powders mix more easily into liquids than others (see the taste and mixability comments in the Results Table).
- Protein powder safety and side effects: Protein supplements may cause gastrointestinal discomfort in some people, and individuals with lactose intolerance or milk allergies may want to avoid certain milk-based proteins. People with kidney disease should consult with their physician before taking protein supplements (see Concerns and Cautions).
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