The New York Times takes a look at over-hyped protein drinks and shakes. Here’s one I see all the knuckleheads at my gym gulping down. Take a look:
CYTOSPORTS MUSCLE MILK $41.99 for 12 17-ounce containers, www.gnc.com. Chocolate Muscle Milk, Ms. Kimball said, was “delicious — sweet, creamy, the closest to chocolate milk.” Packing 330 calories and 17 grams of fat, this high-calorie drink kept her “full for hours.” She worried that “the higher fat content could actually impair muscle recovery” by slowing digestion, but the day after a workout, she “didn’t feel stale or fatigued.”To put it mildly, Dr. Fuhrman doesn’t exactly “like” these products. He talks about all this junk in How Safe Are Protein Drinks And Powders? Here’s a bit:
Unfortunately, most trainers and bodybuilders are influenced by what they read in exercise and bodybuilding magazines. This is worse than getting nutritional information from comic books. Look through any current bodybuilding magazine; what are the vast majority of advertisements selling? Supplements! Most of the pages in these magazines are devoted to pushing worthless powders and pills. Supplement companies slant the opinions of the magazine article writers. The articles in the magazines are geared to support their advertisers…I’m with Dr. Fuhrman. Phooey to all that stuff! I don’t drink any of that junk and my body is…to be continued.
…Consider that the maximum muscle mass the human body can typically add in one week is about one pound. That is the upper limit of the muscle fiber’s capacity to make protein into muscle; any protein beyond that is simply converted to fat. It also is not necessarily advisable to gain a pound of muscle per week. Although athletes have a greater protein requirement than sedentary individuals, this is easily obtained through the diet. The use of protein supplements is not merely a waste of money, it is unhealthy.