TheBoldage asks: Do we really need protein shakes?
By Steve Foreman. Published 2020-12-02BOLD-Fitness
Protein shakes are big business but are they useful and safe
Are they safe?Protein shakes are very safe but if you have allergies you need to pay attention to what is listed in their ingredients. Shakes can contain cow’s milk, soy protein and eggs which could cause allergic reactions. If you suffer from kidney disease you may also want to closely monitor your protein intake as too much can place a strain on your kidneys and worsen your condition. However, for the average person who is in good health, there are no issues with consuming protein shakes as directed by the manufacturer.One factor that can be overlooked however, is that protein shakes contain calories. If these additional calories are not accounted for or are not needed, then they could lead to weight gain. If you are consuming more calories than you burn off, you will gain weight. If you want to put on weight and ‘bulk up’, this would not be an issue.When to drink your shake is a matter of personal choice. Historically it was thought that immediately after your workout was the most effective time, but recent research has shown that it can have a positive impact when consumed up to 24 hours later.However, protein shakes are not essential. If you eat a well-balanced diet, that will provide you with more than enough protein. However, if you feel that you could be deficient or indeed find a shake more convenient, then they can help ensure that you benefit from adequate protein.
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