Is Protein Powder Necessary In Women's Diets?
If this question asked, "is protein necessary in women's diets" the answer is YES, unequivocally, yes! We can't yell it from the rooftops loud enough. Since the question is about protein powder, the answer is not really. While protein is crucial for a healthy diet, protein powder isn't always needed.
Not what you thought we'd say since we sell protein powder, right? Another reason we created PRTCL is to wade through the industry product pushing and provide you with the truth.
About needing nutritional supplements in daily life, Shannon Pierson, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) from MetPro, says, "the answer is: it depends! Most people can easily meet their training-related nutrition needs with food alone. Check your diet before assuming you need a special product."
If the answer is "not really," why do women use protein or collagen powders?
Protein powder is truly for those who struggle to get the right amount of protein for their nutrition or their goals in a quick, easily digestible way. If you need help determining how many grams of protein you need per day, an easy, not super accurate way is 1g for every pound of body weight. 200lbs? 200g of protein per day. Reading this blog and determining your protein needs based on your activity level is a more precise way!
How do you know how much protein you're eating daily?
The easiest way to determine if you're eating enough protein is to track your macronutrients in a food tracking app like MyFitnessPal or LoseIt. After two weeks of tracking, you should have an excellent insight into whether you need to add more protein to your everyday.
Shannon also had an excellent suggestion for how to know what to add to your diet. "Consult with your doctor and dietitian for an assessment of your specific needs," she says, "They will help you make a safe plan to address as much as possible with dietary changes and determine what, if any, supplements may be beneficial."
If you realize you're not getting enough protein?
Eat more protein, which sounds easy, but since most of us aren't getting enough protein in our diets, it's more complicated than it seems.
PRTCL formulated our ESSENTIAL protein powder to easily mix with water and be enjoyable and stir into soups, salad dressings, coffee, and more. We even made recipes for baking and cooking with ESSENTIAL to help you get your health where you need to be so you can have the energy for everything from school dropoff to spin class.
Let PRTCL add all the protein without the filler carbs and sugars that you don't need. Grab your ESSENTIAL and start getting all the protein you need in your diet.