There are so many myths and misconceptions about protein despite its importance. Does it make you bulky? How much should you consume? Are all proteins the same? We are here to answer these questions and debunk some common misconceptions.
Protein powder makes you bulky. FALSE.
Red flag. This is a very common myth that is absolutely NOT true. Honestly, this one is a gear grinder for us. It’s been in circulation for far too long, and it’s time to put it to rest. Ladies and gents.. consuming protein powder is NOT going to make you bulky. Fun fact, about 20% of our bodies are made up of protein! It is true that protein is the building blocks of muscle, but on its own it’s not going to make you get bulky.
Honestly, there is a good chunk of people in this world that would love to get bulky from just eating protein; however, it takes a lot more work than that. Not only do you need to consume an ample amount of protein, but you also need to be in a calorie surplus (consuming more calories than you burn), your workout program has to be designed to provide the proper stimulus for muscle growth, and your testosterone needs to be at a certain level. Bottom line: protein alone is not going to make you “get bulky.”
Protein powders can substitute whole food sources entirely. FALSE.
Immediately no. First of all, protein should be accompanied by fruits, vegetables, and carb sources. Protein should not be a meal on its own. When you’re sipping on one of our proteins, we suggest pairing it with a fruit for an easy on-the-go meal! Second of all, protein powders should be used on an as-needed basis. Supplements are not meant to replace whole foods, but rather be supplementary to the nutritional gaps in our diet. If you’re struggling to hit your protein goal on a regular basis, that’s when you start adding in protein powders, protein bars, and other high protein options to help you fill that gap.
Everyone should consume the same amount of protein. FALSE.
With flavors as tasty as ours, it can be difficult to turn down another scoop. While adequate protein intake is necessary, it’s important to be mindful of how much protein YOUR body actually needs and will utilize. Everyone’s body is different. A 250lb man will require quite a bit more protein in comparison to a 150lb woman. On average, it’s recommended to consume 0.8-1.5g of protein per day depending on your activity level and your body’s needs. If you are unsure of what your needs are and want help determining how much protein you should be consuming, click here.
Protein is protein - Buy it wherever, it doesn’t matter. FALSE.
You know the scenes in movies where the clerk stamps the paperwork aggressively with “DENIED” in big red letters? Picture that here. Protein powders are not all created equal. In fact, the majority out there are.. Not so great. The ingredients used, the quality of said ingredients, and the way in which they are processed all vary across the board. Some use low quality ingredient sources and/or high temperature processing in order to produce in bulk for cheap, this way they make the most profit of each tub. Ours are made with the highest quality ingredients and are low-temperature processed to ensure you get the most out of each scoop. Our proteins are also produced in a GMP certified and FDA accredited facility and are third party tested in an ISO 17025 lab. It’s important that you find a company that openly educates you on the ingredients used and third-party tests to confirm what’s on the label is what’s inside the tub.
The internet has made the ability to obtain and spread misinformation far too easy. We hope this blog helped set the record straight for a few common myths about protein!