I have a question regarding protein powder. I know a lot of people use it or add it to their meal. I was wondering if there is a benefit to using protein powder over eating say a piece of chicken or salmon? Which is better for the body soy or whey? Is it necessary to supplement a diet with protein powder? I have heard that protein powder isnt completely broken down in the body… is this true?

Would love to hear what you think!

Kelly B.

Oh, protein.  Everyone is obsessed with protein and getting more of it in their diet.

I need more protein!  I drank a protein shake yesterday!  And then a protein bar!

That’s great, but you had a scone from Starbucks for breakfast, so let’s focus on that.

Most people get more protein than they need in a day.  Many think the more protein the better, but this is not. true.  You only need a certain amount of protein per day, and anything beyond that will stored on your body for later, just like anything else you eat in excess.

It is recommended that adults get 0.8-1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight. To find out your body weight in kilograms, take your weight in pounds and divide that by 2.2.

Just as a reference, there are:
– 8 grams of protein in 1 cup of milk
– 7 grams in 1 egg
– 32 grams in 2 slices of pizza
– 24 grams in about 1/2 a can of tuna
– 30 grams in 1 chicken breast

So what are the best sources?  It is always recommended to get your nutrients from food over supplements, because foods offer additional nutrients your body needs, plus many nutrients are more beneficial when they are consumed together, which is naturally occurring in most foods.

Many people choose to get their protein from non-meat sources, and meat if often high in saturated fat, which should be limited (which is why the Atkins diet puts so much stress on the body.)

As far as whey or soy goes, it’d a bunch of scientific jargon that no one should ever give themselves the headache of trying to figure out unless they have an Olympic weight lifting competition they are trying to get ready for.  If this is you, read this.  Notice it’s for body builders.  He says it better than I ever could, even though it is definitely an opinionated piece.

Bottom line, get your nutrients from food.  Don’t over think it.  Protein powder gives you protein and calories, foods that contain protein, in almost all cases, give you those plus vitamins, minerals, fiber, and healthy fats, as well.