Health News: The Power of Protein

The protein powders and drink selections we have to choose from today are expansive in comparison to the few flavors of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry the health food stores and athletic gyms initially offered years ago. The use of protein bars, powders and liquids may have initially started in the body building and fitness industry; however the increase in product offerings and types of protein available is now being stimulated by the demand for innovative delivery systems and product offerings from within the health care industry. An emphasis on portion control and a balance between carbohydrates, proteins and fats can be seen in prepackaged meals and menus from favorite restaurant chains across the country who are trying to appeal to the health conscious. Many health conditions and eating plans also suggest an increase in the amount of protein consumed as part of their program.

The increase in medical procedures like those referred to as bariatric surgeries have not only increased the use of protein powders within the general population; it has created the demand for an increase in the variety of flavors offered. Bariatric surgical procedures reduce or restrict the size of the stomach reducing the space that holds food or reroutes the way the food travels through the digestive tract. These procedures typically require a liquid diet for a period of time pre and post operation that is then followed with a set period of time that only liquid and soft foods are eaten, eventually transitioning back to solid foods. For individuals who choose these types of procedures adequate intake of protein can range from sixty to eighty grams per day. Eating that much protein in one day may not be a problem for most however, when your stomach holds only two to four ounces of liquid it can be challenging to accomplish.

Food allergies are yet another reason for the development and creation of protein products from sources other than whey. Rice, soy, egg whites, pea protein and liquid collagen have all entered the market as viable alternatives to the traditional whey isolate protein powder for people with special diet needs. Here are just a few of the many new innovative products on the market that can be taken advantage of whether you are a body builder, in a weight loss program or have had surgery that requires a specific meal plan.

1. Liquid Egg Whites – Stable for up to five years when kept frozen or up to ninety days when refrigerated due specialized production processes that allows a unique one of a kind delivery and shelf life.

2. Power Pak Pudding – Pudding that comes in flavors of vanilla and chocolate offering 30 grams of protein and nine grams of carbs per can 9-ounce can.

3. Ostrim – Beef and Ostrich meat snacks offering 14 grams of protein, 3 grams of carbs and 1.5 grams of fat.

4. Protein Gems – Protein fortified gelatin snack offering 25 grams of protein per 6 ounce cup in a variety of fruit flavors.

5. Jay Robb – Whey and Egg White protein powders in a variety of flavors including orange cream and pina colada.

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