Contrary to what one might think, protein shakes are not only foods recommended for those who go to the gym, but also for anyone who wants to have a certain amount of energy without increasing the intake of calories.
These foods are in fact increasingly used as they are able to bring the right degree of peptide substances into the daily diet.
Each person should introduce about 1 gram of protein per kilo of body weight: a quantity that in physiological conditions is ensured by the diet.
A varied, healthy, and balanced diet, containing all the nutritional elements (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, and minerals) usually covers the daily requirement also for protein macromolecules.
However, there may be situations of intense or prolonged muscular effort, psycho-physical overage, periods of convalescence during which the body (not only the athletes) needs energy support.
It is precisely in such cases that it becomes advisable to increase protein intake, using supplements specially formulated with peptide substances or with powdered amino acids.
Remedies of this kind have the undeniable advantage of being immediately metabolized, often without even going through the normal intestinal processes, but heading directly towards the muscles, where my cells are able to quickly use the energy supply.
In this way, the body is supported effectively, quickly, and above all without burdening digestion or pancreatic activity which is usually enhanced in the presence of high concentrations of carbohydrates.
As is well known, the main sources of energy are sugars, whose digestion requires the synthesis of insulin, which prevents the onset of harmful post-prandial glycemic peaks.
Proteins, unlike carbohydrates and lipids, are molecules that release energy without massively involving the digestive system or even the endocrine pancreas, so their function is undoubtedly extremely beneficial at the metabolic level.
A protein shake is a food that is obtained by blending fruit and vegetables and adding a variable dosage of protein powder: it is therefore a drink with a low caloric index, but with high protein content.
Based on the different mixing ratios of its constituent elements (which are amino acids and proteins) it is possible to obtain smoothies of various kinds, whose use varies according to individual needs.
The aims of these foods are as follows:
- decrease body weight;
- boost lean muscle mass;
- eliminate part of the fat mass accumulated in the adipose panniculus;
- reshape the body;
- increase the availability of immediately available energy;
- limit the catabolism of hepatic glycogen;
- avoid insulin spikes;
- speed up metabolism.
The ingredients that are usually used for this purpose are fresh seasonal fruit, which can sometimes be mixed with some vegetables (especially celery, carrot, pumpkin, zucchini, and green leafy vegetables), and protein powder (preferably those extracted from whey).
It is also possible to use vegetable proteins, equally effective and extracted from soy, oats, and peas, necessary in the case of a vegetarian or vegan diet. Ready-to-use protein shakes are commercially available, which only need to be mixed with water or milk (animal or vegetable) in order to be enjoyed in a few moments. These products are characterized by not presenting any graininess, often resulting from flocculation processes that occur during their formulation.
These are shakes full of super nutritious and hyper protein elements, which give them a delicious fruit, chocolate, vanilla, or coffee flavor. In many cases, the prepackaged protein shakes are enriched with spices, such as ginger and cinnamon, which give them an even tastier taste.