Are Protein Shakes Good For You? Check It Out

OK, are protein shakes good for you? That is a question most people would like to know the answer to, whey_2-min[1]especially individuals that are working out to build that body or persons that want to lose that extra fat. Before I dive into if protein shakes are good for you or not, I will like to address some misconceptions of protein shakes.

Some people actually think that protein shake is a steroid, because of the type of commercials that always accompany it. Things like, seeing someone with a huge monster muscles and all that. And they are giving you the impression that the muscle was grown as a result of protein shakes, instantly. And the other part is that people also mistake protein shakes for mass gainer that is actually meant to be taking after workouts when the muscles have been depleted so that it will make the muscle grow. Usually, this muscle gainers are made up of simple carbohydrates.

Protein shakes are none of those, as a matter of fact they are supplements with nutritional value to compensate inadequacy of protein consumptions from whole foods. Especially when you are actively working out.

Are Protein Shakes Good For You

It is good for people that are into vigorous exercises that effect the muscles or want to lose weight. It basically helps in the production of muscles, but you will have to workout for it. It also helps to make the immune system to be strong and produce hormones, enzymes, nucleic acids and cellular messenger components.  The muscles need enough of protein in order to repair itself after workouts. And if it does not get enough of protein, the muscles will become sore and that could lead to injury. Not good right? That is why protein shakes are so popular among gym folks.

Whey Protein is usually the most common and the best, because it contains all the nine essential amino acids that are responsible for muscle repairs or healing. However, there are different types of Whey protein, they are, concentrate, hydrolysate, and isolate. Among the three, the best but costly is hydrolysate.

This is so because of its tendency to be absorbed by the body so fast. Although, isolate has a high level of protein and it’s low on allergenics, that makes it an option for individuals that are allergic to lactose. While concentrate is the cheapest among the three because of its high level of cholesterol and fat. But most gym individuals usually go for hydrolysate.

How Much Should I Take?

Not taking enough of protein while engaging in a serious workout has a very serious effect. whey_-min[1] Like I mentioned earlier, lack of protein could lead to muscle injury and ultimately you will not be able to build muscles. Thus, protein shakes are considered to be the best way to supplement that inadequate protein. It is not as though we cannot get all of that protein from our whole foods. But it will be expensive, and much of a pressure for the stomach to take.

Imagine taking two chicken breasts that is equal to 60g,  three eggs that is equal to 18g and steak that is equal to 40g in order to get 119 grams of protein daily, that is required for a person that weighs 170 pounds. I think this will practically create a hole in your pocket, don’t you think?

There has been a debate as to how much protein should be taken. Some have the opinion that 0.7 gram for 1 pound of body weight is the right amount, while some have the view that 1 gram for 1 pound of body weight is the ideal amount. However, the calculation done above was based on 0.7 gram for a pound.

0.7 gram or 1 gram I think they are pretty close, so you can decide to use either of them. After all, if you are really active and vigorous with your workout, you will definitely need it.

Does It Have Any Side Effect?

As we all know, Whey protein or protein shakes are nutritional supplements. They are not likely to alter the hormone or something. But there is this issue of over using or taking too much of it. We know that, no matter how good something is, too much of it can hurt. Now, in the case of protein shakes, too much of it can cause unpleasant effect. Especially when you start using it as a meal replacement instead of supplements.

It can cause high level of cholesterol, especially when you are using the 'not so good' type of it. According to Mayo Clinic Registered dietitian, Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., 'if you rely on protein shakes to replace regular meals you'll miss out on the nutritional benefits of whole foods'.

Zeratsky went further to say, excess of protein may contribute to health problems such as elevated risk of heart disease or kidney problems. Or even diverticulitis (sort of abdominal pain or cramp).

When Is The Best Time To Take Protein Shake?

Usually, the best time to take protein shake is immediately after workout, that way you will Whey proteinnot be over taking it so long you stick to 0.7 gram or 1 gram to 1 pound. After workout is the perfect time to take it because your muscle resumes healing after a vigorous exercise. And this should be done in separate times, like three to four times so that the body will have a constant supply of protein that it needs to heal.


So, are protein shakes good for you? Obviously, they are! Protein shakes are generally good for your health and fitness. But then, you must only take protein shake if it is absolutely necessary, because it is a nutritional supplement that can be gotten from our regular whole foods. Therefore, if you can get your daily protein requirements through whole foods, that will be awesome, if not, supplement with Whey protein, accordingly.

I must also like to note this, do not take just any kind of protein shake you see, some of them are poor quality that can harm you health wise. Since there are a whole lot of them out there, that are getting into the market without regulations, chances are, fake products can be found.

If you need good supplements checkout the bodybuilding supplement store, you will find a lot of them that will suit you.

I hope this is helpful.

Please do not hesitate to comment, contribute or even share your experience down at the comment box below. If you have questions too, shoot, we will be more than happy to help.

30 thoughts on “Are Protein Shakes Good For You? Check It Out

  1. Hello Nnamdi,
    I really like your site it is full of great information regarding working out.
    As far as whey protein I am allergic to it, is there an alternative source that you recommend? I am 53 years old and I mostly do aerobic workouts to burn fat, but I find that I get weaker as I lose weight if I do not get enough protein into my diet to control muscle strain and use.

    1. Hello San, You have got options, 1. Isolate is good if you are only allergic to the lactose and not the whey protein itself. And the whey protein is 100% unlike some products that have 80% instead.

      2. Egg White Protein– Is yet another option, it does not have any dairy content in it, made from white egg.

      3. Powdered Beef Isolate– This is made from beef.

      If you have any question as to any of the products, there a 24/7 customer support that will be more than willing to help you out.

      I hope this helps.

  2. I always have the misconceptions that protein shake is used to make your muscle grows bigger. So if you want to have a bigger frame of yourself just drink protein shake. Thanks for clarifying in your post. So let say i exercise 3 times a week does it mean i able to take the shake 3 times a week too?

    1. Hello Jimmy, protein shakes helps to produce muscles naturally, unlike when someone is using steroids that will alter your hormones and redesign your body structure to that of a monstrous macho man. That is the difference between the two.

  3. Thanks for all of the great information about protein shakes. I am always switching back and forth between whey protein and vegetarian protein powders as my naturopath has told me I should avoid dairy. I honestly don’t think I have an issue with dairy, but I am willing to try vegetarian/vegan protein powders.

    I have always read that whey is absorbed quicker and better than any other type of protein which is why I usually go back to whey.

    Do you have any information on vegan protein powders?

    1. Hello Tanya, I do know that Vegan protein powder is yet another excellent option for people that are looking for a way to boost their protein intake on the go. Usually works just like any typical protein supplements, is just that is not a dairy product but from plant. But you should stick to the one that best suits you. You can get a good one here if you like, or you can checkout the supplement store, there are a whole of them there. You can get help from the support center.

  4. Hey,

    I wish my mom would read this post because she always tells me off for taking Protein shakes. She thinks they can cause cancer and all sorts of nonsense.

    This is a great and informative post. Anyone going to the gym wanting to see serious results should at least consider protein shakes. When I first started off I asked loads of people and most of them gave me very uninformative answers about how much to take which type etc.

    I ended up doing my own research until I started taking it. I wish I landed on this site earlier as it’s super informative and really doesn’t leave anything out.

    Great site!


    1. Thank you Esteban, that is what ignorance can cause. People usually conclude and create their own theories to issues. Thanks for dropping by.

  5. Hello Nnamdi, I actually like it but I’m a little bit confused about the best time to take the protein shake, you are saying it’s better directly after the workout and above you are advising to take 0.7 gram for 1 pound of body weight, so my worry is: actually after workout you loose some pounds of weight and I think it’s not seen directly, so how will you be sure that you are not taking too much protein, as you considered the before workout weight?

    1. Hello Charlotte, you ain’t going to be taking too much as the protein you take after workout is for muscle repair and recovery, therefore, it won’t be too much so long you abide by the recommended dosage.

  6. Hi Nnamdi,

    I completely agree that protein shakes are a fantastic muscle recovery/building supplement (I quite often use them myself, for both pre- and post-workout). However, you might want to mention casein protein powder as well – it’s absorbed more slowly than whey, which makes it ideal to take before bed (whereas whey is a great post-workout powder due to the fact that it is absorbed faster, and thus assists in muscle recovery better).

    Also, casein powder usually contains more thickening agent, which can make for more delicious and thicker smoothies. Just something worth thinking about!

    1. Thank you Dominic, I should have mentioned it, but you did. Casein is great at bed time, because it is slow to absorb into the body, and since the body also needs to be fed with protein even at bedtime.

  7. hi Nnamdi
    I did not know that one needed so much protein in a day! Holy, that is a lot! I used to drink protein shakes every morning. But I used to drink it before I worked out. I see now from your article that the best time to take it is after. It makes sense though as your body needs to repair itself after the workshop. Thanks for the tips!

  8. Hi!
    I am a regular gym customer, and what you’re sayin’ makes a lot of sense. I would just want to say that I take one protein shake everyday as a starter.
    Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing this with us!
    Cheers, Bob

  9. Hi Nnamdi, this was very interesting to read. I’ve done a lot of fitness in my younger years, but I never really put a lot of effort on what to eat before or after a workout. So I had sore muscles and also had days when I just didn’t have enough strength to perform my workout. Recently I’ve started again with some high intensity interval training and your article makes me realize that it’s not that hard to get enough protein in my body. I will sure look into it further!

    1. Yes Jurgen, you need to be refueling in order to allow the muscles to recover and also have the strength to do some more workouts. Do try to take enough of protein especially now that you have resumed exercising.

  10. Hi Nnamdi,

    Back for another revisit to check out your post about protein shakes this time. Your right about the deception that some others put out there that your going to magically bulk up by drinking Protein shakes.

    I like the fact that you keep it real by telling the truth about what the product can do in this case, make up for the nutrients required by your body after depleting them from a work out by using a protein shake.

    Great information on product benefits and usage.

  11. Great article that really explains what protein shakes are all about. I like to have one or two a week just to supplement my diet and exercise. Too many people think just eating and drinking protein will increase their muscle. They forget about doing the hard work! Is it better to take it afterwards or before exercise?

    1. Thank youTodd for dropping by, as a matter fact it is best taken after exercise. And you pointed out, you should not replace your meal with protein shake, but then make sure you take a proportion that is recommended for better results.

  12. Great stuff! I currently workout and have always wrestled with the idea of protein shakes. They work great as a meal replacement and as a post workout supplement. If you aren’t working out, as you said, it is utterly pointless. I’ve found myself drinking them when it hasn’t been too beneficial to do so.

    I’m glad you pointed out that fact, because sometimes all they will do is make you fat 😛 I’ve learned the hard way that they won’t do anything if not in conjunction with heavy workouts, and proper nutrition. I’ve definitely been that guy who drinks them without having everything else in order.

    Anywho, Great site! Hope to see more in the future

  13. This is a great article clearing up any irrational fears many have about protein powders. Obviously, anything in excess will eventually cause negative effects on the body. A few shakes a day should be fine, I think. I use one after I workout, add a scoop to my oatmeal for most breakfasts, and sometimes a shake before bed. I’ll let you know if I ever have liver failure haha.

  14. Hello, here you offer great option. An option between steak and protein powder. I guess it mostly for people who live an active life. It is here limits such as teenagers or seniors? I wonder who produces these protein shakes? Do they have GMO inside ? Do these products have an permit from FDA? I ask about it, because there are so much misleading information, what is good for you or no. I discovered great mix from green peas and rice. For me is enough proteins, because for yoga you do not need so much energy as for muscles building.
    Thanks for spreading word about these products, regards, Nemira.

    1. Hello NemiraB, you sure have lots of questions about protein shakes. All supplements are not controlled or regulated by FDA, therefore, any person can produce/manufacture supplement and market it through the internet. Therefore, it is only imperative to do a thorough research on any supplement you are interested in before buying. And if you can get enough protein from the foods you consume, then, you don’t need the supplement.

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