16.2.2016 | 00:28
How much protein do we need?
What are the best sources of protein?
Animal, vegetable or mineral….
It’s enough to make you want to throw in the towel sometimes, isn’t it?
Well, I’ve read books touting the benefits of a vegan diet, and books suggesting we’re meant to be omnivores, carnivores, you name it.
Not only can’t they agree on the best ways to meet our protein needs, most of the time they can’t even agree on how much protein we need.
Maybe that’s because the answer isn’t that simple.
As always, it’s a case of … wait for it … “That depends.”
Older people often need more protein, as do athletes and body-builders, but also pregnant women.
There is no “one size fits all” solution.
Some people recommend whey protein as the best version to optimize weight loss.
But others focus on how problematic dairy can be for many people.
How are we to decide what’s right for us?
I hate to be the one to break it to you, but you’re probably going to have to figure it out for yourself….
That’s what I’m doing.
I followed a vegan diet for several years, and I loved it.
But it didn’t love me, and I found myself facing a multitude of health problems several months ago.
I tried to stick to my favorite plant protein powders – because I liked them!!
They don’t, however, like me….
I’ve tried more of them than I can count. And some of them are damn good products. (If you’re looking for a high-quality plant protein, I can recommend several. I just can’t ingest them myself.)
You can even try something like spirulina, a chlorophyll- (and protein-) rich green “superfood.”
If that works for you, great!
Right now, I’ve gone back to whey.
Not just any whey, but a high-quality whey concentrate from grass-fed cows.
So far, so good.
There are also various collagen protein powders on the market.
The advantages to these are that they are often flavorless, so whatever you choose to put in your smoothie – no clash of flavors. (‘Cause sometimes you want the chocolate, but it just doesn’t play well with your other ingredients….)
When it comes to protein sources in general, again I think it has to be an individual decision.
I love beans, for instance, but my digestive system most emphatically does not.
I do fine with eggs, and other animal sources.
But some people choose not to eat animal protein – and that’s fine, so long as that choice isn’t harming their health. (Something only you can decide. It’s not a decision to be left to the “experts.” They’re not living in your body. You are.)
Some people have health issues where a vegan diet is absolutely the best option for their health and well-being.
Others need animal products to feel their best.
Apparently I’m one of those….
I just want to tell you that, whichever diet you choose, it’s okay.
Just make sure you take the time to try the different options, and pay attention to your body. It will let you know how much protein – and what type – is best for you.
Postscript from Debra: Some high-quality protein powders we’ve tried