So I'll get right to it this week - a Whitty Nutrition reader (and family member of mine) requested that I do a post about protein powders since she had some questions about the different types, what to look for and/or avoid when choosing a protein supplement, and if there are better alternatives. Now this is a big topic that is full of debate so I will try to simplify it as much as possible using actual evidence that I have reviewed. After all, dietetics is an evidence-based profession, meaning that our recommendations come from using the best evidence we have available. That doesn't mean that a client preferences aren't taken into account or that clinical judgement doesn't play a role, but keep in mind that although this blog can provide information, it is not a substitute for getting individualized advice from your dietitian or other healthcare provider. Disclaimer? Check!
Now let's get started! Any of you that currently use protein powders (or any nutritional supplements for that matter) know that there is an entire industry devoted solely to the task of coming out with the newest, hottest, most effective, best tasting, flashiest packaging possible. Every company's product is "the best." If you've never tried any type of supplement you might not realize that there are entire stores both in your local mall and online dedicated to these types of products. Now don't get me wrong, some of these products may assist specific groups of people in improving their nutrition status and overall health but let's be honest, most of it is entirely made up.
But I digress. Today we aren't talking about supplements in general and whether you need them or not, but rather focusing on how to successfully wade your way through the giant sea that is protein supplements.