The lowdown on protein powders

We all know how important protein is and I have written about this before.

To recap, we need protein for the structure of our body for the growth, maintenance and repair of all our tissues and to transport our nutrients to our cells. It is a fundamental part of our immune system - making antibodies and other substances that fight infections. It helps to ensure the fluids in our body stay balanced so we don’t swell up. It is also a building block of some hormones such as insulin and glucagon (both needed for blood sugar balance) and also leptin and ghrelin (needed for appetite and satiety control). It is required for the production of many neurotransmitters such as serotonin (happy), dopamine (pleasure), acetylcholine (focus) and it also gives us energy.  If that’s not enough, protein also helps with weight loss.

We get protein from meat, eggs, dairy, soy, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds and a small amount from some veggies. Please read my blog ‘The Importance of Protein Part 2’ to find out how much to eat and what that looks like in real life:  https://sarahbrenchleynaturopathy.com/2020/10/31/the-importance-of-protein-part-2/

One of the ways we can get protein is through protein powders.  These are powdered forms of protein from various sources (soy, milk, peas, beans, rice are the most common).

They are a quick and easy way to add some protein to your diet (although food is always best). There are so many on the market and not all of them are good - with lots of ingredients such as sugar, artificial sweeteners, flavourings and thickeners and some have a high amount of sodium too.

I am constantly asked for my recommendations so I have spent the last few months analysing the ingredients and nutrients in the top protein powders in NZ (as requested by my members) alongside sustainability and taste. This has now been turned into a free ebook and I will be doing a video on the results too.  If this is something you would like to find out about then please sign up here: https://sarahbrenchleynaturopathy.com/links/  or email me on sarahb@sarahbrenchleynaturopathy.com.