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It’s a bit confusing when first starting out on a weight loss journey since there is a lot of contrasting information out there on the blog’o’sphere and from advertising geniuses.    While I think there is a time and place for everything, I think many of us have to get real and realize there is no perfect solution to any issue (even weight loss) nor is there a magical pill that will reduce them.  Point blank, it is okay to have a raw vegan protein powder here and there but really does one need it every single day?

Just this morning I was watching a nursing student (granted she was a newbie) talk about healthy eating and how she gets her 130grams of protein daily.  Yes, daily!  That’s so much protein it could feed an entire village in some countries.  I’m not shaking my finger in front of this blogger’s face though (don’t get me wrong, I love her vlogs and she’s just adorable) but the medical professionals really do not get the proper health information that is needed to supply nutrition information to others.  That’s why we have nutritionists and dieticians.  Not being one of these people, I look for outside sources to help understand what the mass majority of ‘healthy bloggers’ get wrong on a daily basis.

1.  Livestrong: #1 & #2 & #3

2.  Live Science

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3.  The China Study by Colin T. Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II

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4.  Food Over Medicine: The Conversation That Could Save Your Life by Pamela A. Popper and Glen Merzer

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5.  Staying healthy with Nutrition by Elson Haas, M.D.

We are all misled as far as health information is concerned and there is probably not one good answer for this question.  For me, I try to steer clear of processed products as much as possible.  No one’s perfect, especially not me.  Hence, moderation is always the key and that goes along with protein powders.  We do have a raw vegan protein powder in our household but we do not use it regularly.  It’s more of a moderation thing such as when we have a very long run day or do double workouts and feel as though on that day our diet has not provided enough protein.  Again, this is very rare since our fresh vegetables & beans provide enough protein for our bodies. In fact, one container of protein powder usually lasts about 4-6 months and it should only last 1 month or less for 2 people.

All in all, I can’t tell you what is best for you body since I do not know your personal situation.  From what I have read with the links above and numerous health journals and books (not online), studies show that unless you are a professional athlete you probably do not need to add these powders to increase your intake.  Of course, there are situations where someone’s doctor may suggest an increase for health purposes due to an illness or surgical procedure but on average if you eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly you are going to be good to go.  It’s best to research and learn for yourself what is best for your personal body.  Hopefully I have started this personal research with these links and helped you get started to learn more about your own body.

What’s your personal take on protein powders?

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