Types of Protein Supplements: a Primer

| March 15, 2007 | 0 Comments

As longtime readers may remember, I have been in a quest to shed excess pounds for quite some time. I managed to lose all the baby weight within a year of birth, but there is some excess weight (and a little back-to-work weight too) that has been plaguing me the last few months.

With a demanding schedule between work, spending time with my family (and my son in particular) and writing, it can be hard to make the time for exercise. But recently, my husband finally got on board and he has been motivating me and pushing me to work out a lot more. I haven’t seen the benefits on the scale yet, but I can feel the small tinges in my muscles and the tightness that signals the completion of a good workout. I’m not there yet, but it does seem that I am on my way to finally being rid of the bulge.
Something else my husband has pushed me to do lately is drink a protein shake for breakfast everyday. I know what you are thinking – protein shakes are funky, chalky tasting, too thick drinks that are just gross.

Until recently I would have wholeheartedly agreed with you. But this particular protein powder, Syntha-6, isn’t chalky (check out some reviews here). I drink one scoop, mixed with 8 oz of water, 5 strawberries and about a half of a mango . . . and it tastes good. It’s also very filling, so that has become my sole breakfast.

Now I am not suggesting that you run right out and buy this brand. I don’t care if you do or not. But have an open mind, there are a lot more options out there for protein supplement powders than the old chalky standard.

Here’s a rundown of different types of protein:

Whey Protein
This is a derivative of milk. It is also the most commonly found type of protein supplement. Benefits include that it contains amino acids, it promotes muscle regeneration and that it “boosts immunity.”

Soy Protein
Soy protein is a vegetable protein ideal for vegetarians and vegans looking for a supplement. It is derived from soy flour and can lower cholesterol. It may also reduce the risk of heart disease, a claim approved by the FDA in 1999.

Egg Protein
You know those scenes in movies and television shows were these pumped up guys would drink raw eggs before workouts? Well, it’s because eggs are a great source of natural protein. But the high cholesterol is an issue, so there is egg protein supplements that offer the nutrition without the bad side effect.

A good primer can be found here.

It’s incredibly hard to find good resources about this on the internet that aren’t put up by companies or muscular men with size complexes. Regardless, a protein supplement is sometimes important when you are working out because it helps your muscles. It’s also a filling meal replacement that has nutritional value.

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Sarah Walker Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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