It’s your loss… Protein shakes with a difference!
It was only relatively recently that most major diet fads involved replacing two meals a day with a form of liquid; sometimes a soup, more often some hideous type of synthetic tasting ‘shake’. They tasted foul and you were perpetually starving! No wonder they we ultimately failed at the ultimate goal of losing weight and KEEPING it off. They were essentially starvation diets!
In fact I would be as bold as to say most people trying to lose weight DON’T EAT ENOUGH. That’s right, you need to eat to lose weight. Weird eh?
Much as I have expressed my dislike of the ‘shake as a meal replacement’ ethos, I am a fan of certain shakes being used as a meal supplement.
What better way of getting all those vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and nutrients into your body, especially if you’re watching your weight or working out regularly?
But beware campers! All protein shakes are not the same! It can be a bit of a minefield out there so I am going to try to give you a brief explanation of what you should be looking and looking out for. Many of the protein shakes in the past have been soy and whey based which won’t suit everybody.
Whey, which is a by-product of cheese and, therefore, considered dairy is high in cholesterol. This is, of course, a major concern for any health conscious consumer or athlete that is trying to push their body to its ultimate potential. It can potentially increase incidence of autoimmune disease. Many companies who manufacture the shakes can add enzymes for the lactose-intolerant, but there is nothing you can do if you are allergic to the large proteins found in whey.
Soy Protein also has side effects. No need to worry about lactoseintolerance with soy, but soy protein is very high in allergens (some 28 different proteins present in soy have been found to bind to IgE antibodies, which are the ones mainly concerned will allergic reactions). Soy can disrupt hormone balances. Soy contains high levels of phytoestrogens, which have been linked to thyroid problems, tumors, infertility, and hormonal imbalances.
But, hoorah! There is another whey (way/whey- geddit??) A vegan shake which is made from the proteins of cranberry, pea and rice. I shall now tell you why these 3 little lovelies are sooooo good for you:
Cranberry protein is a powerful detoxifier and diuretic (flushes out the kidneys) and is particularly effective at boosting the immune system. Furthermore, cranberry protein can be used to relieve stress, depression, acne, dermatitis, burns and psoriasis while improving circulation, heart function and ‘good’ cholesteral . And, hello, it reduces cellulite!
A high fiber, low calorie, nutrient dense vegetarian superfood, peas are also a remarkable source of plant-based proteins and amino acids. It is comparable to egg and milk proteins and aids muscle tissue maintenance. It also reduces fat, while increasing muscle mass and boosts the immune system; producing antibodies, hormones, enzymes, collagen and promoting tissue repair. It also reduces high blood pressure.
Finally rice. Standard cooked rice has a protein content of only 5%-7% so whole brown rice is ground into flour and then mixed with water. A low temperature and chemical free processing results in a 80-90% pure, hypoallergenic, easily digested protein. It also works particularly well with the pea protein.
After thorough research I am recommending and stocking Arbonne’s vegan protein powder. This product is naturally rich in vitamins and minerals; it also contains high amounts of antioxidants and other essential nutrients – such as thiamin, iodine, riboflavin, niacin, and potassium. And importantly it contains none of the, potentially, harmful stuff.
There is so much more information regarding these shakes… far too much to list hear, so if you’d like to more please get in touch.
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