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 little-known bar called Carb Killa®?
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, really! 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, there are so many options for those following a plant-based diet. Not convinced? Read all about how you can maintain muscle mass with plant-based protein over on our blog.
3) The more protein, the better
You can have too much of a good thing, you know! The body can only actually utilise around 25-30 grams of protein at once so filling up on this macronutrient doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll benefit more. Next time your gym buff mate shows off about their protein intake, set them straight!
4) You only need protein if you work out
Big fat nope. Protein is so 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 RDA, the excess protein heads straight to your colon, where gut microbes begin to feast on it. 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. Not only does this help keep hunger pangs at bay but, as mentioned, the body can only absorb 25-30 grams at one time so packing it all into one snack or meal isn’t beneficial.