3 Reasons to Avoid Protein Powder

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Protein shakes have become widely popular amount the health conscious crowd and often touted as a healthy meal replacement. Unfortunately, many people are under the false impression that protein shakes are a healthy meal alternative. This article will share with you three reasons why you should avoid protein powder and the best healthy alternatives to conventional protein powder.

3 Reasons to Avoid Protein Powder

1. It is a processed food

Protein powders are highly processed and are typically heated to the point that the protein is denatured, which makes it almost impossible for the body to recognize and utilize. The result is higher levels of acidity and toxicity in the body, which can lead to unwanted illnesses and disease. Like all highly processed foods, protein powders tend to be loaded with artificial flavors, colors, stabilizers and preservatives. Many even contain artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, corn syrup and hydrogenated oils. It is important to read the label to see what ingredients could be lurking.

2. Contains very little (if any) nutrients

This goes along with the fact that it’s processed. When you refine a product you leave behind much of the nutrients. Additionally, we are beginning to discover more about our food and about how all the parts of the food work together in harmony to assimilate its vitamins and minerals. Whole foods will always beat protein powder when it comes to providing a broad range of nutrients. Remember that being fit and healthy isn’t just about macronutrients (protein, fat, carbs), it’s about micronutrients (vitmains, minerals, antioxidants, etc) too. Fortifying protein powder with a bunch of vitamins and special ingredients is not the same, as much as the marketers would like you to believe. It is best to get calories from solid food. Not only does this give you more nutrients, but it also keeps you more satiated. Solid food adds fiber and bulk to your meal so that you can feel satisfied longer on fewer calories.

3. Filled with dangerous and toxic ingredients

Because protein shakes aren’t subject to FDA regulationsyou need to really trust the powder that you use. It is important to consider the harmful hormones that dairy farmers use that ends up in the whey protein of protein shakes. Numerous studies have demonstrated that recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST) can harm both cows and humans. In every package of rBGH sold to farmers, the dangers of reproductive effects, digestive disorders, infection, blood cell levels, and illness in cows are listed. Despite these warnings and concerns that researchers have posed for human health, rBGH is still in widespread use by farmers everywhere as a means to increase animal size and milk production. Most whey proteins found in protein shakes contain rBGH. And the bad news is that supplement companies are not required to tell you if your protein shake was made from whey-based proteins that came from milk containing rBGH

In addition to harmful growth hormones protein shakes can also contain high amounts of heavy metals! One recent study found that almost every single protein shake tested contained arsenic, cadmium, lead, and/or mercury. And scientists aren’t the only people who have taken notice—athletes who rely on protein powders to fuel exercise, muscle growth, and competition are complaining to supplement companies at alarming rates about the heavy metals toxicity. Too many heavy metals in your diet will result in heavy metal poisoning as your soft tissues begin to absorb toxins that are difficult to naturally remove. Sadly supplement companies aren’t required to tell you about heavy metals!

As if it weren’t bad enough many protein shakes contain GMO ingredients which we are starting to learn can have detrimental affect on our overall health and wellness.

Healthy Protein Powder Alternatives

There is some logic behind the protein shake-mania. Giving your body extra protein can help to tone muscle and also helps to detox the liver. You just need to make sure you are doing it without all the other harmful chemicals that so many protein shakes on the market contain. You are in luck! There is a great, natural way to boost your levels of protein while avoiding all the other nasty ingredients. I add Collagen Hydrolysate to just about everything (where to buy). It is flavorless and dissolves in just about anything! I add it to smoothies, yogurt, tea, fresh juice, etc. You can read here about the benefits of gelatin.

If you are a vegetarian and/or want to use plant based protein powder as an alternative to the grass-fed option I mentioned Food Babe recommends this Hemp Protein Powder. (where to buy)

 

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Homemade Gummy Roundup

Homemade Healthy Gummy Candy

I am obsessed with homemade gummy candies. My kids love them and they are so easy to make. You just need gelatin (Buy Here) and candy molds (Buy Here)! So why should you make your own gummies? Well, because its so easy and so healthy and there are so many ways to make them! I am excited to let my kids have these and not feel guilty. Plus I get to control what they are made of and know that they are not filled with yucky dyes and other toxic ingredients.

Homemade Gummy candies contain gelatin which is a natural source of protein and dietary collagen which supports healthy hair, skin and nails. Gelatin aids in digestion, improves cellulite and loose skin and is essential for joint health.

The flavors for these treats are endless and it is easy to sneak supplements into these candies. Here is a round-up post I put together with some AWESOME Homemade Gummy Recipes that will be loved by both children and adults!

Gummy Basics and Recipes:Coconut Mango Gummies

Gelatins Superpowers and How to Make Gummies by Thrive Style

Coconut Mango Gummy Treats by Savory Lotus

Chocolate Peppermint Gummy Treats by Savory LotusHibiscus Gummies

Lego Gummy Gelatin Fruit Snacks by Don’t Mess With Mama

Sour Watermelon Homemade Gummies by Meatified

Hibiscus Homemade Gummies by Meatified

Homemade Fruit Juice Gelatin by Our Small Hours

 

Health and Wellness Gummies

Healthy Probiotic Gummies by Small Footprint FamilyHealth and Wellness Gummies

Black Cherry and Elderberry Gummy Snacks- Cold and Flu Remedy by Don’t Mess With Mama

Anti-Inflammies Gummy Treats by The Sprouting Seed

 

This last recipe is for Adults only! I definitely can’t wait to try this one!

Gummy Wine Fruit Snacks- Great for your Body- NOT FOR KIDS! by Thrive Style

Wine Gummies

Have you ventured into making homemade gummies? We would love for you to share your recipes!

Homemade Healthy Gummy Recipe

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