Proteins are the building blocks needed to repair and grow muscle tissue. When participating in any type of activity from weight training to basketball, break down of muscle tissue occurs and the need to repair, recover and grow new tissue occurs. We need protein, they are the building blocks of muscle tissue.
What if your protein powder you are using is not the best for you and their claims. Just like process foods some protein powders contain some nasty ingredients that are not good for your health.
Below there is a list of ingredients to watch out for when you are reading nutrition labels.
INGREDIENTS TO AVOID IN PROTEIN POWDERS
Acesulfame potassium: Acesulfame stimulates insulin secretion, possibly aggravating reactive hypoglycemia (“low blood sugar attacks”). Acesulfame apparently produced lung tumors, breast tumors, rare types of tumors of other organs (such as the thymus gland), several forms of leukemia and chronic respiratory disease in several studies, even when less than maximum doses were given. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, it was petitioned on August 29, l988 for a stay of approval by the FDA because of “significant doubt” about its safety.
Sucralose: Splenda, also known as sucralose, is an artificial sweetener, can lead to side effects as abdominal cramping, nausea, diarrhea, headaches, skin irritations. it has also been shown to reduce good bacteria in the intestines.
Aspartame: Also known as Nutrasweet and Equal. Codes to look for on labels that have Aspartame is (950, 951). Side effects include:
|Muscle spasms||Weight gain||Rashes||Depression||Fatigue|
|Irritability||Tachycardia||Insomnia||Vision problems||Hearing loss|
|Heart palpitations||Breathing difficulties||Anxiety attacks||Slurred speech||Loss of taste|
|Tinnitus||Vertigo||Memory loss||Joint pain|
Just a note that almost cheaper protein powders contain more than one toxic ingredients. Make sure you read the labels. The less the ingredient content the better. Its hard enough workout out in the gym and trying to get your gains.