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It might be hard to believe, but there was a time when most nutritional supplements, especially those related to fitness, were aimed exclusively at men.
Think about whether you have ever seen a big bottle of protein powder. They scream, “I’m macho”, with fonts straight out of an action movie and pictures of muscly men.
But it doesn’t stop at the packaging. Women actually require different quantities of nutrients than men, meaning that most commercially sold protein supplements aren’t suitable, or need to be taken in different quantities than recommended.
Enter Women’s Best, a company that decided to make nutritional supplements, especially protein powders, tailored just for female bodies.
Protein powders and shakes have exploded in popularity in the past few years, so it is worth taking a step back and looking at why.
Our bodies are already full of protein – it is found in every single cell and is the second largest component of our bodies, after water.
Protein provides us with energy and is made up of chains of various amino acids, and you will often see them referenced on packaging.
The cell type that contains the most protein by percentage is muscle, which is why you may have heard of protein in connection to exercise.
We usually get most of our replacement protein from our diet, as meat and fish provide us with all the protein we need. However, for those on plant-based diets or for anyone doing intensive exercise or wanting to gain muscle, protein supplements can make a huge difference.
Most commonly, protein can be added into your diet as a powder that can be sprinkled into soups, or mixed with yoghurt.
For example, those on a keto, or ketogenic diet limit carbs and eat extra protein in order to shed the pounds.
When it comes to protein shakes for women, women’s protein requirements are different than men.
In terms of the best protein for women, the protein itself is the same. It’s the amount that needs to be titrated for women.
When it comes to people aged 19-50, the average man needs around 55.5g of protein per day, while the average woman requires around 10g less, at 45g per day.
For meat eaters, one chicken breast or pork chop provides over 30g of protein, so getting the rest from cereals, dairy, grains or pulses is pretty easy.
However, plant proteins are significantly lower, so vegans have to put some thought into getting a balanced diet, especially where protein is concerned. That’s where a protein shake as a supplement or a meal replacement can really help.
Whether you are a vegan or not, Women’s Best vegan protein powders are a delicious way to boost the amount of protein in your diet.
You can have up to three a day, easily hitting the recommended 45g of protein for women.
It is perfect after a workout, when your muscles have worked at their hardest and your body needs to recover.
For those looking to lose weight as well, each shake contains just over 100 calories and just 1.4g of carbohydrates.
The nutrition comes from concentrated pea and rice protein, so you can be sure it is 100% vegan.
Women’s Best vegan protein powders are also sugar free. Importantly, these protein powders contain the whole range of amino acids, including the essential amino acids that the body cannot make itself.
For those who consume dairy, it is worth trying Women’s Best protein shakes made with whey powder.
A by-product of milk, whey provides more protein than plant proteins.
For example, both Women’s Best Fit Whey Vanilla powder or Women’s Best Fit Whey Chocolate powder providing a minimum of a whopping 23g of protein per serving – that’s as much as a whole portion of grilled salmon!