Supplements – Protein Powders and Meal Replacement Powders (MRPs) – Do They Live Up to Their Hype?

Protein powders and meal replacement powders (MRPs) are some of the more popular supplements sold today and they share a number of the same qualities, so I will discuss them together and point out the differences as they come up. Both types of supplements come in powdered form, can be consumed any time during the day, and have a significant amount of protein. The major bột thông công difference is protein powders are usually 80-90% protein with few extra ingredients added to the mix. MRPs, on the other hand, typically have around 50-70% protein and have more carbs and other added ingredients as well.

This makes sense, because MRPs are meal replacement powders, so they are supposed to have all the nutrition that would come in a complete meal. As a result they almost always contain a significant quantity of vitamins and minerals and sometimes other beneficial ingredients as too. MRPs are very useful for people who want a nutritious meal that is transportable and can be fairly quickly prepared (using a shaker). The down sides are some people do not like the taste or texture of powdered food products (different brands and flavors taste differently) and you do pay more for the convenience of a quick and portable meal with added nutrients.

Quality MRPs typically run about $3 each (when not on sale), which many people feel is expensive, but this really depends on your situation and budget. If you are someone who frequently eats out, then $3 is probably much less than you would typically spend on a meal and the MRP is likely healthier as well. On the other hand, you can prepare a healthy well-balanced meal at home for significantly less and bring it with you instead of using a MRP. The important thing to realize is most meal replacements don’t provide anything you wouldn’t get from a healthy balanced meal, so they are definitely not a necessity.

Protein powders are similar in the sense that they are powdered and you typically make it into a drink, but since they don’t contain as many other ingredients, such as vitamins and minerals, they cost less per serving than meal replacement powders. To get the same amount of protein as in a meal replacement, it usually costs less than a dollar and sometimes closer to 50 cents, so if you are mainly looking for an easy way to increase your protein intake, protein powders offer a much better value. In many cases, protein powders even cost less per serving than traditional protein sources (e.g. meat) and they contain less fat than most animal protein sources.

Protein powders are probably one of the best supplement values around, due to the high quality of the protein and relatively inexpensive cost. They are also convenient, because you can take the powder with you anywhere and it mixes easily with a spoon, unlike MRPs, which are thicker and require more mixing. However, it is best not rely on protein powders as your main protein source. Natural unprocessed foods should make up the majority of your nutritional program, but protein powders can be a great addition, especially if you find yourself having a hard time getting enough protein throughout the day.

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