Plant Protein

Nowadays it seems like everyone who’s hitting the gym is also adding some sort of protein supplement into their diet. Whether it’s a protein bar, shake or drink it is consumed with the slightest worry about the quality of the ingredients.  When I was younger I mistakenly just went to the store and bought the biggest cheapest thing of whey protein they had.  I guzzled that stuff down religiously after each workout while I stretched.  Unfortunately for when I had leg day, I had to ride my bike two miles to and from the gym.  As much as the ride home always sucked, what made it worse was my stomach almost always hurt and I couldn’t eat dinner after getting home.  Years later I realize that I was consuming low-quality protein that was damaging the symbiotic bacteria in my gut.

RAW Nature’s Fuel Bars use only the highest quality vegan protein that is sourced from brown rice, peas, and cranberries.  This protein is also gluten free, kosher and has a low glycemic index.  After drinking something viscous, such as a protein shake, it takes about 1.5 hours for it to move through the part of your digestive system that absorbs the nutrients.  In that hour and a half, you need to maximize the number of high-quality nutrients you absorb or else it's going right back out.  Also, you can only absorb around 8-10 grams of whey protein per hour.  This means a lot of what is consumed is just wasted and excreted.  

So if everyone who is hitting the gym is drinking a low-quality protein shake then how many resources are we wasting?!  Well if it’s whey they are drinking they can waste it all they want.  Whey is a byproduct of the process of making cheese.  Whey was just a waste product of an industrial process. Businessman painfully pushed forward all this advertising for whey that is ultimately just putting waste into our bodies.  At the end of the day, you should always be conscious of what you are consuming and how that may affect your body.

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