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Healthy Eating? Protein Powder

July 30, 2013

Pinterest and recipe addicts have probably made the same discovery I have, recently: often, baking recipes touted as “healthy,” particularly cookies, derive much of their health factor from protein powder. As is evidenced by my use of quotation marks in the previous sentence, I was doubtful regarding these recipes’ actual healthfulness. So how healthy are protein powders?

Is protein powder really all it takes to make these healthy?

Is protein powder really all it takes to make these healthy?

Probably not so healthy that they magically turn sugary-carb-loaded cookie goodness into a treat you can indulge in as often as you would like. Probably not so unhealthy that they make your baked treats more unhealthy. Also, probably not necessary.

In general, you are most likely already consuming all of the protein that you need.

There are a few instances when you might need some extra protein: when beginning a new fitness program, when you are increasing your exercise regimen, and when you are healing from an injury. During these periods of time, it might be necessary to consume more protein than is easily done with simple additions to your diet.

You might need some protein powder to help heal.

You might need some protein powder to help heal.

A few things to keep in mind, should you decide to use a protein powder. Protein powders are classified as a supplement, which means they are not regulated by the FDA. In addition, protein powders are usually not only protein. They are often flavored, fortified, colored, etc. Thus, if you are not in need of the additional protein, it is best to get your protein needs from the food that you eat.

Some foods that are high in protein:

  • Meat & Fish
  • Cheese
  • Beans
  • Eggs
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Quinoa

There is one more concern that should be addressed with respect to protein powders: too much protein is bad for you. Consuming much more protein than your body needs can result in issues with your kidneys and liver.

Since consuming too much protein can cause bodily harm, and the average American already consumes more protein than they need, I recommend avoiding the protein-powder loaded cookies.

If you don't need it - & chances are you don't - it could cause harm.

If you don’t need it – & chances are you don’t – it could cause harm.

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