08 July, 2011
Protein is an essential macronutrient required by the body to help build and preserve muscle mass. It is found in foods like beef, chicken, fish, eggs, dairy, beans and tofu. Not getting enough protein can lead to fatigue and decreased immune system function, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. When a person is unable to get enough protein in the diet, consuming shakes made from protein powder may help.
Gold Standard Whey Protein is a protein powder created by the brand Optimum Nutrition. It comes in a variety of flavors, including strawberry banana, sugar cookie, tropical punch and chocolate mint. The amount of calories per serving varies slightly based on the flavor. The Optimum Nutrition website states that 1 scoop (about 32 g) of Gold Standard Whey Protein in the extreme milk chocolate flavor has 130 calories, while 1 scoop of the banana cream flavor has 120 calories.
Many people choose to limit their intake of fat from animal products like milk, whey and meats, since eating too much fat can clog the arteries. One of the main benefits of using Gold Standard Whey Protein is that it is low in fat. The Optimum Nutrition website states that 1 scoop of the extreme milk chocolate flavor has only 1.5 g of fat and 1 g of saturated fat. The banana cream flavor has slightly less fat, with 1 g of total fat and 0.5 g of saturated fat per serving.
The Harvard School of Public Health states that adults need to get about 0.8 g of protein per kg of body weight. For example, a 150 lb man would need to eat 55 g of protein every day for good health. Using Gold Standard Whey Protein can easily boost a person’s protein intake if they aren’t able to get enough from solid foods or if they have a higher protein requirement. A scoop of Gold Standard Whey Protein in extreme milk chocolate flavor has a whopping 24 g of protein, according to the Optimum Nutrition website.
Carbohydrates provide the body with energy to maintain everyday functions like walking, talking and breathing as well as the energy needed to exercise. The Optimum Nutrition website states that 1 scoop of Gold Standard Whey Protein has about 4 g of carbohydrates, regardless of which flavor is consumed.
The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements states that calcium helps to form and strengthen the bones and teeth. The calcium content is another benefit of Gold Standard Whey Protein. According to the Optimum Nutrition website, each flavor has about 10 percent of a person’s daily calcium requirements, per scoop.
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