Eating protein or drinking protein: Which is better?

If you’re confused between protein shakes and protein-rich foods, here’s which protein source is better for your health.

Many people eat protein for two of the many purposes: losing weight and building muscle. But have you ever been unsure whether to choose a protein shake or a high-protein meal? Let’s find out if there is a difference between drinking protein and eating protein.

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So, drink or eat the protein?
Well, protein is a necessary ingredient that is important to your health and benefits your muscles and bones, no matter where you get it from. It can improve the health of your skin, strengthen your immune system, help you maintain a healthy weight, help you build muscle and much more! Now let’s get to the point.

Just so you know, there are some significant differences between protein sources.

If you’re into heavy training, you’re probably aware of the popularity of protein shakes. But are protein shakes healthy? Is it better than eating protein-rich foods? People often rely too much on supplements while ignoring the benefits of protein-rich foods in their diet.

Here are some of the benefits your body gets from protein shakes:

Weight control: Eating protein provides a feeling of fullness for a long time, which helps to avoid frequent snacking and therefore weight gain.

Muscle growth: Many fitness enthusiasts believe that consuming protein shakes will help them gain weight after strength training.

Supplementary nutrition: Protein shakes and supplements provide your body with added nutrients that may be missing from your diet. They are also more convenient to consume.

How much protein do we need exactly?

However, drinking is more risky than eating: It is much more difficult to overdo protein consumption if it is taken into the body with food. Too many nutritional supplements and protein shakes can have a negative effect on your body, but this does not happen often when eating protein.

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Protein is usually:

Boosts metabolism and increases fat burning: Protein has a much greater thermic effect than fat and carbohydrates. A diet high in protein has been proven to improve your metabolism and help you burn more calories.

Lowers blood pressure: High blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke and chronic kidney disease. The inclusion of protein-rich foods in the diet has been proven to keep blood pressure positive.

People have the misconception that consuming protein shakes helps to increase muscle mass. This is partly true, but in order to grow muscle from protein, you can’t completely avoid food. In order to achieve good results, protein intake must be combined with appropriate protein-rich foods.

So using both protein sources – food and powders – is beneficial, whether your goal is to maintain your weight, build muscle, or simply maintain your health.

These are the best sources of protein

However, since protein shakes have long-term negative consequences, it is worth limiting their consumption and including more protein-rich foods such as eggs, quinoa, cottage cheese, almonds, milk, fish, tofu, peanuts and beans in your diet. Anyone who wants to stay healthy should always choose a healthy, balanced diet.

Since protein shakes are not meant to replace meals, they should be consumed in moderation, as long-term use can lead to certain health challenges, such as digestive problems, nausea, bloating, etc.


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