New Series: Health Talk // Protein Powders

Hi guys!

I’m excited to announce a new section of my blog, Health! It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while now, and have decided to share with you. As a health conscious person, I often have personal questions that I am constantly researching for my own knowledge about food and general health. My new Health section will be a way for us women to chat about what’s going on in the health world, what concerns you have about the food your eating, etc.

Let me give you a very quick overview of my health story. But, before I do that, let me just preface that by saying I’m putting myself out there…so be nice. I want my blog to be about sharing experiences and having real women relate to real things happening in my life, and our lives. My blog is a space for positivity, learning, and good feedback!

I never thought about what I ate growing up. I was always an average kid and liked being that way. I went on a study abroad program my Junior year of college after a horrible breakup (can anyone relate?) and found myself a little homesick, but comforting myself with delicious, but not so good for me food. Fast forward 4 months later back home in CA, and I knew I wanted to start exploring health. I joined Weight Watchers (cringe, I know). I was on WW for about 3 years and lost a substantial amount of weight and kept it off…but then something happened. I gained about 5 pounds, and in reflecting on how that happened, I realized that I wasn’t fueling myself with good quality, whole foods. So for the last 3 years I have made a total change in what I eat, and it has directly affected how I feel and how I think about food. Making the switch to eating whole foods has been absolutely the best thing for me (more on that later).

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I wanted to kick off today’s post with something that I have been researching for the last few weeks and thought, why not share this?

If you follow me on snapchat @stylemelauren, you know I have a green smoothie every morning. I’m obsessed. One thing I started wondering about are the differences between protein powders. Have you ever wondered the difference between pea protein, rice protein, whey protein, and the other million proteins out there?

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I’ve done the research for you and created a quick guide to try to help you make the healthiest choice for you! Also…just to confirm…I design shoes for a living, haha I am in NO way a licensed doctor, dietitian, nutritionist, etc.

Pea Protein:

Rice Protein:

  • A great vegan and vegetarian option
  • What is it? Brown rice treated with enzymes that causes carbohydrates to separate from proteins
  • Commonly mixed with pea protein powder
  • High in amino acids
  • Chalkier flavor – that’s why it’s normally combined with pea protein
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rice_protein

Whey:

Differences between whey are differences in the amount of proteins found in an amount per scoop

  • Suitable for people who can digest dairy
  • How do you get whey? Milk is made from casein and whey, the whey is separated from the casein (You know when you open up a yogurt container and there is a layer of liquid on top? That’s the whey).
  • Whey is the liquid part of milk that separates during cheese production
  • Considered a complete protein and contains all 9 essential amino acids and low in lactose
  • http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/263371.php
  • http://authoritynutrition.com/whey-protein-101/

Differences in Whey:

Whey Protein Concentrate:

  • The product needs to be at least 35%-80% protein by weight

Whey Protein Isolate:

  • At least 90% of the powder is protein

Soy Protein:

The biggest thing to me when it comes to protein powders other than the grams of protein per serving is the amount of real/fake sugar. I will do another post about sugar (get ready) but for now, I’ll leave you with this. Sugar is the devil, and it’s best to find protein powder options that have little or no sugar. The issue is, fake sugar can make you think the protein powder has zero sugar, but your body still processes sugar the same way. So this is bad. Very bad. Anything that says Sucralose (Splenda), or sugar alcohol is bad! Put it down! If it’s sweetened by “stevia,” that’s better…but still not great. I try not to eat ANY added sugar in anything. At first making this switch was hard! You slowly realize that so many products you love taste so good because of the fake sugar in them, but once you realize how much better you feel – it’s all worth it. I have been using Tera’s Organic Whey Protein UNSWEETENED powder. I find that it works really well for me. It has 22g of protein per serving and no sugar whatsoever. I prefer to sweeten with fruit, and it’s sweet enough for me! Anyway, that’s a long rambling post…and I’ll leave you with that for now. Please comment and let me know if you like this idea and what questions or concerns you have that we can discuss here. Happy Wednesday! xo

 

3 Responses to New Series: Health Talk // Protein Powders

  1. Shirley Ward-Mullen says:

    Hi Lauren!

    I’m excited that you have added a health component to your blog!

    I have a question re: health smoothies. My husband and I do a pea protein based smoothie with berries, banana and kale or parsley added. I find that it often causes me to experience indigestion. Do you think that rice protein may be better?

    Thanks!

    • stylemelauren@gmail.com says:

      Hi Shirley!

      Thanks so much for reaching out. Since I’m not a nutritionist (I wish!!) I can’t say for certain but this article explains a few reasons why this may be happening.

      http://www.livestrong.com/article/471063-problems-digesting-protein-powder/

      Is the protein powder you use sweetened with anything? You may be having an adverse reaction to that (especially if it’s Sucralose or sugar alcohol). Also, have you thought about trying a 100% whey protein powder? Maybe you are steering clear for a dairy/lactose reason! I just know it works for me! Let me know and thanks again for commenting! xo

  2. sahara says:

    I should try protein powder!

    xo,

    http://www.sahara-desert.com

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