To Whey or Not to Whey – The Protein Powder Breakdown

It’s hard to ignore the buzz around protein powders lately as they are quite popular in body building circles and with athletes. It is clear that protein is a key macronutrient that can helps us obtain our performance, weight loss or muscle-building goals. However, you may be skeptical because these powders can be costly and may contain additional additives such as sugars and artificial sweeteners. This may cause you to ask “Is protein powder really necessary for the average person?”

Evaluating Popular Nutrition Bars


Nutrition bars can be a convenient and satiating snack that you likely won’t feel guilty eating. However, is the healthy packaging deceptive? How can we be sure that we’re making a healthy choice for a snack, pre- or post-workout fuel or a protein source? I’ve evaluated 5 common nutrition bars obtained from a health food store – Larabar, Simply Protein, Cliff bar, Luna and Kind bars. I will rank my choices from best to worst.

Protein: Recent Research on Maintaining Muscle Mass

I get asked a lot about protein in and outside of the workplace. I’ve done a couple of posts on protein thus far (check them out here and here). In order to avoid repeating myself, I’m going to explore protein in a slightly different light: how to consume protein to maintain muscle mass throughout life and into older adulthood.

The No Meat Athlete

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We typically view vegetarians and vegans as having a small body mass and lacking strength. This profile may make it difficult to picture vegetarians and vegans as high-performing athletes. However there are many famous vegetarian athletes: football player Joe Namath, boxer Mike Tyson and tennis player Venus Williams to name a few. Is it possible for an athlete maintain their muscle mass without eating meat? How can they meet their nutritional needs while being meat free?

Do You Need Protein Supplements?

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Do I need to take a protein supplement if I start working out?
Are they harmful?
What’s the best protein powder? There are so many different types.

Protein seems to have become a buzz word among fitness enthusiasts and dieters alike. In addition, the food industry has recognized this and has been using added protein as a selling point for their products. The above questions are FAQ’s I have gotten in the past.