A Protein is a Protein — Or is It? Unmasking the Differences in Proteins
Most of us LOVE protein bars. They’re quick. They’re easy. They taste good. Does anything else matter?
The answer is a resounding YES! As with most foods, not all protein bars are created equal. There are protein bars that in essence are pure sugar that will quickly induce a coma if consumed in mass quantities. There are healthy protein bars, which span the spectrum depending on your definition of healthy. And then there are all natural protein bars like Dr. Jen’s Ultimate Protein Bars, which are all-natural, gluten-free, and non-gmo.
We here at Dr. Jen’s want to focus on the key ingredient and why you chose a protein bar in the first place: protein!
WHAT IS PROTEIN ANYWAY?
The simple definition of protein is it’s a macronutrient that is essential to life. “Macro” means big in Latin. There are 3 “big” ingredients needed for life: protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Everything else is “micro” (meaning small in Latin) nutrients. This would include your vitamins and minerals. Protein is commonly found in animal meat; however, it is also a component in plants such as soy and nuts.
Protein gives us energy. Without energy, we’re useless. We can’t do anything or function or get chores done (which might not be a good thing if the laundry is piling up!).
Chemically, protein is made up of amino acids — the building blocks of life — most of which we must obtain from our food. This is where diet comes into play. If you’re subsisting on sugar (a carbohydrate), potato chips (again, mostly a carb since it’s a potato), and soda (basically intravenous sugar), then your body is struggling to get the protein it needs to function to your fullest life possible.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE IN PROTEINS?
Without diving too deep into the different kinds of protein, we’re going to focus on the protein sources instead, which is what you hear the most about.
Similar to vitamins, protein supplements came about for the same reason: humans were not getting enough protein in their diets to function properly. As more and more research was being done on diet and health and the fitness industry took off, protein supplements surged in popularity. So here’s the most talked about kinds of protein sources for you to know:
Whey Proteins. The staple of most athletes, whey protein is absorbed extremely quickly by the body and is thus able to be utilized by your muscles to rebuild and repair after a workout almost immediately.The most popular protein supplement on the market today, whey is a by-product in the process of turning milk into cheese.
- Egg Proteins. Egg protein derived solely from eggs is a complete protein made by separating out the yolks and dehydrating the egg whites. Like whole eggs, egg protein is rich in essential vitamins and minerals for a well-balanced diet.
- Milk Proteins. Milk contains both whey and casein protein (which is a slow-digesting protein that helps you absorb nutrients for hours). This protein supplement is good for long periods without food as it encases the stomach and prevents the breakdown of muscle fibers while fasting. It’s also an immune booster and speeds recovery.
- Pea Protein. Pea protein comes from the yellow split pea, making it a popular choice for vegetarians and vegans alike. As with most plant-based proteins, pea protein is hypoallergenic.
- Soy Proteins. Soybeans are one of the few plant protein sources that offer all of the essential amino acids. Soybeans are hulled and dried into soy flour. Known benefits of soy include: improving the body's immune function and promoting bone health. Soy may also help prevent cardiovascular disease and reduce the risk of certain cancers.
As you can see, not all proteins are created equal. Some are better for muscle building. Some are more easily absorbed. And all protein sources have different health benefits. This is a good reason to cultivate a balanced diet. Mixing up your protein sources will ensure you get all the essential nutrients you need to run your next 5k, chase your kids around the playground, go camping or skiing for the weekend, invent the next IPhone, or just lay around the house for movie night.
THE PEA PROTEIN DIFFERENCE IN DR JEN’S ULTIMATE PROTEIN BARS
We here at Dr. Jen’s Ultimate Protein Bars are committed to only all natural ingredients, which means using foods in their natural state. We are committed to your optimal health and to aiding you in obtaining your best life possible. Our promise to you is top-notch, healthy nutrition snacks to fuel your body for the next best thing.
Recognizing the need for high energy protein bars for those with diet restrictions, Dr. Jen’s Ultimate Protein Bars contain no dairy products, no preservatives, are non-gmo, allergen-free and low in sugar. When choosing a protein for our bars, pea protein was a natural fit.
- Pea protein adheres to a vegetarian and vegan diet as it contains no gluten or dairy.
- Pea protein contains branched-chain amino acids that are well-known for decreasing muscle breakdown after workouts and aiding in muscle-building. Muscle burns more calories so as you build muscle, you’ll naturally lose more weight.
- Pea protein contains ghrelin to satiate hunger, leaving you feeling fuller longer.
- Studies have shown pea protein lowers blood pressure and decreases the risk of coronary heart disease through the reduction of inflammation.
- Pea protein is a complete protein, which means it contains all of the nine essential amino acids necessary for our diet.
- Pea protein contains about 5 more grams of protein per serving than whey protein — hence its growing popularity.
So, the next time your mother tells you to eat your peas, you answer with a resounding “Yes!”
Dr. Jen’s Ultimate Protein Bars are perfect for your on-the-go lifestyle. Keep some in your car for those moments when soccer practice runs long. Stash them in the pantry for an easy grab before you leave the house. Pack them in your lunch for the mid-morning lull or the mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Bring them with you on your next hike to the mountains or a day at the beach.
Balanced with the perfect combination of macronutrients, Dr. Jen’s Ultimate Protein Bars are packed with love in each bite. Created for those who are searching for an all-natural protein bar that won’t cause a reaction, look no further. Dr. Jen’s Ultimate Protein Bars are so good you’ll have to fight the kids for them! Try our Double Chocolate Almond and Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Gluten-Free Protein Bars today!