The number of protein powders and similar supplements available has exploded over the last few years. They’re heavily advertised on TV and online, with before and after shots hyping up their benefits. Now, major retail and grocery store chains and many health and fitness stores carry these products, claiming they’ll help you lose weight and bulk up quickly. While some of these products may deliver what they claim, what is the cost? Many have detrimental risks on your health, bringing into question whether these products are actually good for you—they’ve been linked to everything from vitamin deficiencies to heart problems, which should have you thinking twice.
Before you hop on this fitness trend, consider these ten reasons to avoid protein powders and supplements…
Perhaps the most common and mildest health risk, it’s easy to have imbalanced nutrition when protein powders and supplements are a part of your daily meals. Because your daily protein intake is so high when you consume the supplement, it makes your overall nutrition disproportionate and unbalanced. When you use protein shakes as a meal replacement, you often don’t get the nutritional benefits of a regular meal—such as vitamins, calcium, and other nutrients that balance your diet and are necessary for overall health.
If you’re taking protein supplements, make sure you’re still getting the recommended daily dose of other nutrients. Ensure a balance of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, lean and low fat sources of protein (i.e., in meat and milk), healthy omega 3 and omega 6 sources of fat (i.e., nuts, avocados, fatty fish like salmon), and high soluble fiber foods (i.e., oats).