It's a common misconception that powdered protein is just for people who want to build muscle fast or workout often.
Protein is essential for everyone and the amount required depends on what's trying to be achieved. Benefits include reducing muscles loss, combatting hunger, and recovery after exercise.
Someone keen to build stronger or bigger muscles will require more protein than someone who simply wants to look after themselves while maintaining a healthy body.
Knowing how much protein you need, and then where to find that protein, can sometimes be difficult. To give you an idea of how much protein someone needs, we've created an imaginary persona and then we'll explain how this persona could get enough protein in their diet.
Height: 170cm (5'7")
Weight: 70kg (11st 10lbs)
The above persona doesn't specifically exercise but gets movement throughout the week from housework, walking the kids to school & back each day, and working in a supermarket being on their feet a lot.
The basic protein intake recommendation for our persona is 126 grams per day.
What does 126 grams of protein look like?
126g protein is equivalent to:
2.5 Chicken Breasts, or
10 medium Eggs, or
3.5 tins of Chickpeas, or
1.5kg of Greek Yoghurt
Some foods, especially convenient breakfast foods such as cereals, provide a healthy balance of carbohydrates and fibre, but very little protein - with most of the protein coming from serving it with milk.
Eg, Nestle Shreddies 40g + 125ml of semi-skimmed milk provides 9g of protein* (just 4.5g protein without milk).
If the persona we created had her Shreddies with milk, she would have consumed less than 10% of her recommended daily intake of protein by the time she leaves the door.
Skip to lunch time at work and finding high-protein foods that are convenient becomes tricky, not to mention the time it would use to prepare and take a high-protein lunch in an already busy life.
As you can see, it's hard to get the right amount of protein into a diet - and this is why powdered protein is not just for Bodybuilders & Gym-Goers.
Powdered protein is for everyone!
Our range of protein powders has something for everyone.
Our All-In-One Whey Protein contains 30g of protein per serving.
The Breakfast Shakes also contain 30g of protein per serving.
Or the Vegan High Protein shakes contain 24g of protein.
By starting your day with a Go Health protein powder shake you could get 25% of your daily protein intake** in one easy-to-prepare drink - all before you've left the front door!
You can find out how much protein you need by using Calculator.net's Protein Calculator Tool - which is what we used when creating our persona.
** protein intake based on the persona we created for this blog post.