Do We Really Need Protein Powders?

I get asked often what is the difference between all the protein powders and do we really need them?

It is important to get enough protein as part of our dietary intake. Protein is foundational to managing our weight and body composition as well as enhance muscle growth, immune function and exercise recovery. Protein powders are helpful and convenient when used with a whole food dietary lifestyle especially for breakfast and immediately following exercise.

Protein powders do offer value.

I have had great personal success and client success augmenting protein shakes with healthy nutrition and exercise. However, there needs to be clarification on the two distinct kinds of proteins powders, as they each have their unique purpose in health and fitness.

Protein Powders – Muscle/Fitness or Meal Replacement

The most common protein power is that “muscle/fitness” formulation and the other is the “meal replacement/protein shake” formulation. Each of these needs to have certain ingredients and specific characteristic in their formulation to make them of value for their intended purpose. This is where the knowledge and information breakdown begins at the consumer level, and through mass marketing. As consumers, we are quick to only look at the “Grams of protein per serving” without really understanding what we are purchasing and for what purpose.

There are two main sources of non-vegan protein powders including Whey Protein Concentrate and Whey Protein Isolate. Whey Isolate has a higher bio-availability meaning the body will absorb more of it at a faster rate with little digestion. This is measured in the scientific world as an amino acid score (PDCAAS).

Protein digestibility corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS)

This is a method based on the amino acid requirements of young children. It takes into consideration digestibility of the protein. This is preferred for determining the quality of protein. Just because the label says 20g of protein per serving does not mean you’ll get 20g. In fact, you may get only a fraction.

The higher the net score of the protein the more the protein is actually used by your body. The rest goes out as waste.

Soy has a net score around 61.
Beef is higher at 73.
A whole egg beats both at 94.
Milk is 82.
Whey protein is at 92.

How much protein do we need?

The latest medical research coming out is saying that we need 90g of protein per day as a minimum to maintain healthy body, hormones, lean tissue and metabolism. Most people are not even getting that, and if they are it’s typically comes from unhealthy high fat “fast food” protein sources. I do agree that many products on the market are sub-standard and of no value, however that is the same with any consumer product in any product category for that matter.

In this video Dr. Coleen Andrus will discuss how we can optimize our protein in such a carbohydrate world.

My Recommendation is Unicity Complete

It’s important to know your protein and trust the company and understand their R&D.

Keep in mind you get what you pay for. Don’t just make a purchase decision based on convenience, cost, canister size and what the nutritional label says as grams/serving of protein. In many products you’re likely to get higher amounts of lactose, fat, and fillers.

As part of my Metabolic Health & Mindset program I have partnered with Unicity International, recognized as the leader in metabolic health sciences who offers a product called Unicity Complete.

My Coaching Package (Basic or Accelerator) includes a canister of Unicity Complete for you. You will learn to incorporate Complete as your breakfast each day as part of your healthy active lifestyle. You’ll find it convenient, effective, healthy and it tastes AMAZING! You’ll feel the difference!

Market Comparison on Unicity Complete

When the Metabolic Health & Mindset program was created it set out to find THE BEST protein meal replacement formulation. In our research, we set the benchmark on 3 criteria that would make up a healthy well-rounded meal replacement.

  1. “Macro Score”: Protein (g) + Fiber (g) – Carbs (g)
  2. “Nutrient Score” – # of vitamins and minerals at 100% of daily value.
  3. Protein Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS).

Here’s how Unicity Complete ranks on this chart:

20g Protein + 5g Fiber – 13g Carbs (5g from Sugar – source being organic sugar cane)
= 8g NET carb load

You will see a big difference in the NET carb load with Unicity Complete vs most other products on the market. When reading nutrition labels keep in mind that “4g of sugar = 1 teaspoon”. Check to see how many grams of sugar is your protein powder? Often times more sugar is added simply for taste without considering the carb to insulin ratio.

There’s so much more to Unicity Complete

Besides the great taste of either Chocolate or Vanilla, here is a list of just 10 other benefits of Unicity International’s Complete protein.

  1. Unicity Complete has the most balanced blend of Protein available. Having both Whey Concentrate (slower absorption) and Whey Isolate (fast absorption) protein. Unicity Complete offers a unique blend with an amino acid score of 135. That means your body is getting the full 100% of the 20g of Protein (2 scoops) . You won’t find that amino acid score in any other Protein products on the market.
  2. Unicity Complete contains a unique blend of digestive enzymes including protease which digest proteins, these enzymes are not found in most Protein Meal Replacements. These enzymes actually enhance the body’s ability to digest and assimilate the nutrients as well as the protein. What does this mean for you? More digestive power…less energy expenditure for your body to get those nutrients first thing in the morning when you need them the most.
  3. Unicity Complete teaches the body to BURN FAT for energy! This happens because of the unique blend of protein (whey concentrate & isolate), specifically the essential and non-essentials amino acids (BCAA’s). The key essential amino that you want pay particular notice to in Unicity Complete is LEUCINE. This is an essential amino acid for building and repairing lean muscle tissue. This is why so many of my clients notice they lose inches and maybe not pounds. It’s these amino acids and how it is feeding the body!
  4. Unicity Complete contains 110% of your Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of Vitamin B12.
  5. Unicity Complete contains 100% of your Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of Vitamin C.
  6. Unicity Complete contains a scientifically researched combination of proteins with an amino acid score (PDCAAS) of 135. This is the highest found anywhere on the market for a protein powder.
  7. Unicity Complete contains 100% of the recommended daily allowance for many essential vitamins and minerals. The 19 essential vitamins and minerals are efficacious scientifically validated amounts to fortify your immune system, facilitate enzymatic reactions in the body, repair damaged DNA, and help you recover from illness and injury. Unfortunately, many people overlook the importance of these nutrients in their diet.
  8. Unicity Complete contains natural dietary fibers. The fiber component of Unicity Complete provides an increased sense of fullness and meal satisfaction. Bulk-forming and indigestible, fiber supports a healthy gastrointestinal tract, helping you feel light and invigorated.
  9. Drinking a Complete Protein Shake first thing in the morning within 30 minutes of rising you set your metabolism for the entire day.
  10. Unicity Complete contains the highest quality and most bio-available form of the trace mineral Chromium in the industry. Chromium is known as the KEY to FAT LOSS among many other things!

It’s important to note that Unicity does offer a muscle/fitness post-workout protein as well which I have personally used with great results. For the most part, I recommend everyone start with their Complete protein.

When we talk about Metabolic Health you will not find a better protein supplement on the planet than Unicity Complete in order to help the body maintain a proper functioning, healthy metabolism. Unicity Complete is a product you would expect from Unicity, a renowned world leader in the science and research of metabolic health.

I trust you found this informative and helpful. I would encourage you to try out Unicity Complete at the link below. If I can help you in anyway gain more results in your life, I encourage you to reach out. I would be honored to chat with you further. Get in touch with me at doug_collins@rogers.com or (506) 856-9258.

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