Protein is protein right? Every day we have clients who tell us about their high protein diet that consists of soy and peanut butter. Are all proteins really created equal though? It’s probably one of the biggest misconceptions out there and many Nutritionists keep adding to the misinformation. Each source contains a different amino acid profile and therefore a different rate of absorption in your body. Amino acids make up the building blocks of protein and protein is the building block for building muscle. Below is a list of the highest grade sources available. Animal products rank the highest, but vegetarians do have some viable options out there as well. If you want to tone up, this little bio-availability index will come in handy. I suggest printing it and posting it on your fridge when you start an exercise routine.
Protein Chart Analysis
|Whey Protein Isolate Blends||100-159|
The following is my favorite supplement. You can buy this at most Shoppers or Loblaws locations. If not, you can also purchase it online. It’s one of the cleanest on the market, has a great amino acid profile and is a great price compared to the competition. There are some other great brands out there but most of the time you’re paying for just that, the brand and a fancy package. If you can’t afford supplements then stick to other clean sources like eggs, fish (salmon in particular), chicken and quinoa as a few examples. Another supplement I really like is Temple bars. It’s not easy finding protein bars out there that contain natural ingredients but this is as about as close as you’re going to get. However, there are some others to add to the list like Paleo bars using all natural ingredients. Next up would be Quest Bars but they contain some misleading ingredients like artificial sweeteners and low-quality fiber. We will get into which ingredients to watch out for a little later. Have questions – Call us or shoot us an email. We offer unlimited support, free of charge! Stay fit and active everyone.
What are some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments section on what sources of protein you enjoy and some of the supplements that you take on a regular basis. We are open to suggestions for our next article on nutrition.