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Chris Tran gets help from whey proteins in staying fit for his physically demanding program.
Whey protein is an animal based protein containing amino acids the body needs, according to nutritionists. Whey’s portable and convenient as protein nutrients are hard to incorporate in a daily diet.
Averaging at about $50 for a tub containing about 19 doses of 40-grams, whey has become the go-to supplement for body builders and for those launching their fitness process.
Crystal Pole-Langdon, the varsity academic coordinator of Humber College, said whey products are good for what they are designed to do.
Supplying the body with a convenient and easy source of protein allows for most to complete their daily nutritional goal.
“Because it is liquefied our bodies can absorb it much more quickly—if you can consume something and digest it within the first 30 minutes of your workout, it is more optimal,” said Pole-Langdon.
Chris Tran, a paramedic student at Humber, said taking whey proteins fits into his busy schedule.
“I don’t think I eat enough so I get more protein by having a shake — sometimes I don’t have time in the morning so I just have the shake,” Tran said.
Pole-Langdon said whey is an excellent source of protein, but because it is animal based, some may find it difficult to digest.
“The real question is whether or not you really need it. If you are already receiving enough protein in your diet, you won’t need the protein supplement. Essentially it becomes expensive urine,” said Pole-Langdon.
She said a rule of thumb to calculate the essential amount of protein required takes a person’s weight in kilos to equal the amount of protein needed in grams. A 70 kilogram individual, for example, would need about 70 grams of protein a day.
John Tran, a student at Humber (not related to Chris Tran), said he uses whey to recover after a workout. However, he does find its convenience questionable.
“Sometimes it’s a hassle to mix it and bring it with you,” he said.
Pole-Langdon said although protein and various other supplements do work, she wanted to remind everyone of the importance of real food in their diet.
“I don’t think people should live off of pills and supplements as opposed to real food but as far as supplements go, they do work. But once again it is just a supplement,” she said.