With various protein supplements on the market, choosing one can be confusing – so let’s break down some common types.
Do You Need One?
Supplements are not essential for muscle growth or weight loss.
Chicken, fish, eggs, yogurt, tofu, soy milk, beans, and nuts provide ample protein plus vitamins and minerals that supplements may lack, making whole foods equally effective – if not more so.
If you include a protein source with most meals and snacks you probably do not need a supplement.
Be aware supplements may contain added sugars and artificial ingredients and are not approved by the FDA before sale.
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