Do I Need A Protein Powder?


From the time you hit the gym in the morning to lunchbreak at the office kitchen you are there is bound to see someone with their protein shaker, but do you need to take a protein supplement?

Protein is one of the three macronutrients (fats and carbohydrates are the other two), and it is the only macronutrient with a recommended daily intake amount, which is 0.8g per kilogram of body weight (1.0g/kg of body weight is you are an elite athlete) or a little higher at 1.1-1.5g/kg body weight if you follow a moderate protein diet such as the ketogenic diet for example.

Surprisingly, if you were to do a food diary you would most likely not be meeting your daily protein requirements if you follow the Standard Australian Diet (SAD), which is carbohydrate heavy and as a result filling us up at meals but not for long and therefore we eat more regularly. And a protein powder is a good choice for many, but which one?

There is whey protein rice protein, pea protein, a combination of rice and pea protein powders readily available. When choosing which will suit your needs the most take into consideration dairy intolerances (avoid the whey options) and do not worry so much about avoiding rice or pea protein powders if you are on a low carb diet, it has little to no impact on your way of eating (woe), what will be a bigger concern is the carbohydrate content and additives found in it.

I look for a simple protein powder with as little additives as possible and prefer the plain or vanilla flavoured protein powders, for two reasons. One is that I dislike junk foods masquerading as health foods (have you seen the lamington flavoured protein bars?), and secondly, these are the most versatile and can be added to smoothies, bliss balls and other recipes.

I keep a supply of protein powder and a shaker at work and have it after I go to the gym in the morning instead of joining everyone else in their morning coffee. Do you have a stash at your work?