I am working on a page called "Ask the Farmer's Daughter". Here you'll be able to ask me any questions you want about well, anything you want. I'll tell you right now I don't know how to grow Thyme or Money on trees... yet! (haha see what I did there).
Anyways I thought I would take a question from one of my best customers as I know its a popular question.
What do you think about Protein Powders (she mentioned a company but we'll keep that anonymous), I've heard from my alternative health care practitioner that they are good so I've just been going along with it, but recently Ive been following someone on twitter who investigates products and she says there are additives and its not really good for you?
so here is my very not a professional health practitioner, just a farm girl who used to play varsity sports and heavily use protein powder response:
1) I encourage you to form your own opinion for whats right for you, you will find as many practitioners as there are, there are that many different opinions on this subject and they will all have very fancy scientific evidence to prove it (I've always wanted to get them in one room and have them square off.. wouldn't that be interesting)
2) I had to ask myself the question how does whey protein turn into powder, I know from growing up on the farm and milking my one lovely cow, and making cheese from that milk that whey is VERY much a liquid, I even contemplated drying it in my dehydrator once (which I don't recommend trying at home). I know that these places have very fancy high tech equipment to take a liquid and make it a solid, but I just have to wonder whether that process somehow changes the integrity of the protein, whether it was organic, free range, grass fed whey or organic soya, or other vegetable proteins.
3) I can see a little bit more logically soya or vegetable - you'd just grind up the rice and peas right? Why then don't we just eat rice and peas. My understanding is it is a concentrated protein in a small amount, which sounds good, but does our body really need that isolated macronutrient or should that macronutrient exist in a form and quantity recognizable by the body, you know with all that extra stuff like vitamins and nutrients and fibre?
4) I don't know how places can produce that MUCH protein powder, on such a massive scale. I guess I'm jaded but I just don't see many things that are in the long term good that are produced on such a large scale.
5) we know that protein digested creates an acidic ash in the body, and if we are aiming for balanced PH for optimal health, why would we overload our body with concentrated amounts of something that creates acidity?
That being said I know I lived off them in university, they definitely are tempting on a busy schedule and wanting to get all your nutrients in all within budget.
I am not totally against taking supplements, I do think that we pay more for our food to get it from good sources so we can get most of our nutrients from our food - we don't expect grocery store food to cut it anymore, but is protein shakes and supplements the answer? I realize life happens and sometimes our bodies get out of balance, mine does all the time. But Ive decided for ME it doesn't work to be packing down the protein as a way of life.
What are your thoughts? are you a protein powder lover or hater or even undecided?
Leave a comment below - I think its important to hear other peoples experiences to be able to form our own opinions.
The Farmer's Daughter