An old fashion view is that protein powders are only used if you want to become big, strong with hulking muscles. It is reasonable to say that body builders have relied upon the consumption of protein powders to help them in their quest of increasing their muscle mass whilst training. However, protein powders are not exclusive to body builders and or for those looking for gigantic muscles.
Numerous studies have shown that by consuming protein powder on a regular basis can have many health benefits:
improve your immune system
aid the healing process of wounds
enhance the look of your skin
improve muscle strength and growth
Since our muscle tissue is made from protein, hence we need to ingest high levels of protein to promote muscle growth and repair. The need of protein by the body is just as important as it’s need for water. Protein powders are a great and easy source of protein, especially for those following a vegetarian or vegan diet.
The production of protein powders are based on six main sources: whey, egg, soy, pea, hemp and rice. These sources of protein are then made into a powder which can then be used to make a protein shake, in baking, cooking or to make protein ice cream.
The idea of protein powder is for it to be used as a dietary supplement as you would vitamins capsules, due to it having an abundance of nutritional benefits. One of which is stabilising your blood sugar levels, which for me as a sufferer of a blood sugar disorder I like to use them. Of course with all things of this nature there is a daily recommendation in relation to how much should be consumed.
A few months ago the very generous people over at Pulsin’ sent me a large bag of their Hemp Protein to try:
I received this when I first started to experiment with protein powders so I wasn’t sure what to expect in most part I have been adding it to all of my green smoothies…
My first experience with protein powders was with Pulsin’s own pea protein isolate which doesn’t really have any distinct flavour. After reading many blog posts that mentioned hemp protein the general consensus seemed to be that it had a particular grass like taste. I was worried! However, after using it I was really surprised as I couldn’t actually taste the grassy nature of the hemp, that was all lost with my numerous add ins.
Hemp protein is enriched with 21 essential amino acids, which have various functions in the body. It aides healthy digestion, boosts energy levels, reduces cholesterol, improves your metabolism and provides the body with the important vitamins and minerals required to achieve a sense of well-being and a healthy balance in the body. Hemp is a natural protein source and Pulsin’s variety in particular is free from nasty chemicals and additives, which some processed protein powders can contain.
I was generally impressed with the hemp protein by Pulsin’. It blends really well into my smoothies and at £4.49 for a 250g bag it is remarkably cheaper than many other protein brands on the market. The fact that it is a cold pressed raw and vegan product makes the price even more amazing. The hemp protein is also sustainably grown in the UK without any pesticides-another bonus!
Pulsin’ Hemp Protein is available from their online store and as they are my blog sponsors if you enter “celeryandcupcakes” at the checkout you will receive 10% off. You can read my previous review of the Pulsin’ bars here.
Have you tried Pulsin’ Hemp Protein before?
Are you a fan of using protein powders to supplement your diet?
What are your favourite ways to use protein powders?