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6 protein myths you need to stop believing

Chances are you’ve snacked on a bar or knocked back a post-workout shake at some point in your life. If not, how have you managed to miss the ever-growing trend that is protein?! This macronutrient ringleader can be found in many foods, and now with its popularity rising, the market is awash with snacks and treats packed full of the stuff – ever heard of a Grenade Bar?

Despite its popularity, protein is still a bit of a mystery to many. So, we thought we’d bust a few of the myths and spill the beans on this popular nutrient.

1) Protein will make you fat

As a macronutrient, protein is a source of calories and as you know, eating too many calories leads to weight gain. It’s as simple as that! Consuming the correct amount of protein as part of a balanced diet will not make you fat – it’s all about balance, ladies and gents!

2) You can only get protein from animal-derived foods

Red meat, fish, eggs. All great sources of protein, right? Well, not if you’re a vegan. But, believe it or not, vegans can still get their protein fix without consuming animal-derived foods. From beans and veggies to tofu and soy-based products, many options exist for those following a plant-based diet. Not convinced? Read about how you can maintain muscle mass with plant-based protein over our blog.

3) The more protein, the better

You can have too much of a good thing, you know! Next time your gym buff mate shows off their protein intake, set them straight! It’s recommended that adults consume 0.8kg-1.5kg protein per kg of body weight. So, for the average man (weighing 80kg), they'd need to eat between 64g and 120g depending on how active they are. Then for the average woman (weighing 70kg), they'd need to consume between 56g and 105g of protein. So, filling up on this macronutrient doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll benefit more!

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4) You only need protein if you work out

Big fat nope. Protein is much more than a fad food eaten by meat heads and gym bunnies. Alongside carbs and fats, protein is an essential macronutrient that everyone needs to consume as part of their daily diet.

5) Protein shakes make you fart

Ah, the famous protein fart. Unfortunately, you can’t point the finger at your protein shake! Protein itself isn’t the issue here. But consuming excess amounts of protein can cause extra smelly wind – nice. When you consume more than the recommended daily amount (RDA), the excess protein goes straight to your colon, where gut microbes begin to feast. This makes the body produce hydrogen sulphide gas, the root cause of those whiffy farts.

6) Protein is best consumed straight after a workout

Now, we’re not against a post-gym shake. But it’s not the only time you should be packing in the protein. Experts recommend consuming small amounts of protein regularly throughout the day. 

Now that you’re all clued up, check out our delicious range of protein bars, shakes and spreads! Still need more info? You can find out more about protein supplements over on our blog.