Why is protein so important?
Protein shakes, bars, pots, flapjacks, ice-cream – you name it, they all have “high protein” in huge letters across the front. But what does this really mean, and why is it so important for us to have it in our diet?
Protein is absolutely essential for every metabolic process in our body. Every cell contains protein, but it also plays a huge part in maintaining mood, immune system and keeping you full for longer. Not only does it help repair your muscles after a workout, it can also reduce muscle loss if you’re trying to lose weight. It really is incredible!
All of these benefits make it perfect for fuelling a fun, active lifestyle. The stereotype of huge, muscular men downing protein shakes after a workout is gradually going out the window (thankfully!) as we’ve become more aware of what protein can provide us with.
How much do we need to have on a daily basis?
“Adults are advised to eat 0.75g of protein per kilogram of bodyweight per day, based on the UK government Reference Nutrient Intake (RNI). So, if you weigh 70kg, you should eat a minimum of 52.5g of protein a day.” – Rhiannon Lambert BSc MSc RNutr
But, if you are aiming to build and maintain muscle mass, an intake of between 1.4-2g per kilogram of bodyweight it advised. The lower end of the two is for endurance athletes, whereas the 2g quantity would be better suited to someone trying to lose weight while maintaining lean muscle.
Trying to meet these requirements can seem overwhelming to begin with, but can be easily achieved by having a balanced diet – regardless of whether you eat meat. Plant-based foods such as beans and pulses are great if you are trying to reduce animal products and supplementing your diet with a shake post-workout is a really easy change.
Our favourite protein powder here at Wheyhey? You guessed it – whey protein! It’s one of the main components in milk, made from the liquid that separates from the curds when making cheese. It is low in lactose which means it's easy to digest, and the powder form comes in loads of different flavours. We love The Whey Box for great tasting protein powder on the go!
We also have loads of great recipes on our website which aren’t only high in protein, but low in sugar. They’re perfect for every meal – and you don’t need to be a Michelin star chef to make them either. But, if you really don’t have time to meal prep in the morning, try taking one of our brownies or a pack of clusters with you. They are the best pick-me-up for a mid-afternoon slump and are packed full of protein!