The lowdown on protein
We’ve now (mostly) realised synthetically produced protein powders are not a wise choice and those such as whey and soy based powders, may be doing us more harm than good. Why? Besides being allergens for some people, many are often brimming with preservatives, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as well as artificial additives from flavours to sweeteners.
When choosing a protein powder, it’s important to look for one with the least ingredients and that is a wholefood – what the body recognizes and can use – as fuel.
Why do we ned protein ?
Protein is needed for growth and development. It is also used for energy and to manufacture hormones, antibodies, enzymes and tissues. It helps to keep the acidity in our bodies in check by maintaining a proper acid / alkaline balance and keeps us full for longer than most other nutrients do.
A higher intake of protein-rich foods is needed in our younger years of rapid growth and also in our “winter years” as our muscles lose their elasticity and tone.
The average vegetarian diet fulfills the daily protein recommendations set by the World Health Organization, which is about 0.8 – 1.2 grams per kilogram of your body weight. However, for those leading busy lifestyles, or perhaps aren’t sure where their protein is coming from and if they’re getting enough, a wholefood protein powder is then a good idea.
What is protein?
Amino acids are the building blocks that make up proteins, and “complete” proteins contain all of the essential amino acids.
These proteins are organic soy, yoghurt, eggs, milk, cheese, poultry, meat and fish. Incomplete proteins contain only some of the essential amino acids – these are grains, legumes, nuts, seeds and leafy green vegetables. If you combine, for example, beans with brown rice, nuts, seeds or corn you will have a complete protein – and it doesn’t have to be in the same meal, but in the same day helps.
Too much animal protein will put increased pressure on your body, especially the organs that aid digestion, respiration and circulation and can contribute to calcium loss.
How much protein do we need daily?
It does depend on your level of activity, but on average for women – 46g daily and for men – 56g daily.
Spirulina has 68 grams of
protein per 100 grams.