Protein Shake, Shake, Shake!

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…


…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.
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.
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Conscious - March 26, 2008 3:41 AM

Hey. Great post. I actually found while searching for an image of an energy drink and jacked the image for a post on one of my blogs.. http://daeverythingbagel.blogspot.com/2008/03/late-night-protein-fix.html

mauricio - May 30, 2008 10:28 AM

well i realy want to get muscle am drinkin muscle milk every day. tank you for helping me to know the musclemilk is good for our body

Mike Eves - May 21, 2010 2:16 AM

And if you look at nature, all the most muscular animals are herbivores. They certainly don't eat " all the essential amino acids for muscle growth". I do not take shakes nor do I eat meat and the most common question I get is "where do I get my protein from". Like protein is the ultimate requirement for muscle - completely bogus. Then I challenge these people with their protein shakes for a pressup competition or see how many kettlebell snatches they can do in a given period. People should stop believing these crazy adverts.

MassProtein - February 4, 2011 5:52 AM

An interesting read. What's more important than what you eat or drink is knowing why you eat or drink it. What you're tryin to achieve and how also plays a part. Size doesn't equal strength or endurance and so there are many reasons to use Protein Shakes, even if it's only to aid a weight loss diet. There is also plenty of scientific research that shows the positives and negatives to a lot of claims so it's a question of doing your research.

saurav - February 15, 2011 1:56 AM

I need to do workout and running looking for protien food
and shakes
can u recomment me what should i drink for health pls mail me with all information

Massprotein - March 27, 2011 3:16 PM

Sorry didn't put the address correctly

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