Beef Protein Supplements – Breakthrough or Fad?

beef proteinEveryone with a keen interest in fitness and exercise knows the importance of protein in the diet. We also know it’s important to eat adequate protein before and after a workout to prevent muscle tissue breakdown and encourage growth. But sometimes this may be inconvenient. For example, some people bring meals to the gym with them and carry their food containers everywhere religiously. Perhaps you’re not willing to make that kind of sacrifice or you simply cannot stomach another chicken breast. That’s ok. This is why protein supplements were invented and over time they have gained great popularity in the fitness world. The most popular kind is whey protein – made from milk. But recently a new contestant appeared on the market – beef protein supplements.

High Quality Protein

Not all protein is equally easily digested and absorbed. The most efficient protein is found in eggs – as much as 94% of the protein is used by the body. Research shows the beef protein, given the right conditions can be as well absorbed as egg. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition has found:

“In cases where the protein value amounted to 15% of the diet, the protein derived from beef showed no cysteine deficiency, and the value used for growth was the same as of egg protein.”

To compare, cow milk protein’s biological value is, on average, 60%. Even though some whey formulas are fully absorbable they often contain sugar which slows down the protein digestion. Beef protein powders such as Muscle Meds Carnivor do not contain sugar. Moreover whey is digested in the intestine which often causes bloating and gastric issues. Beef protein’s digestion takes place in the stomach which should alleviate the swelling and gastrointestinal issues associated with drinking whey.

So you think you’re drinking a beautiful lean steak? Think again. What many people find unsettling is that beef protein powder is sourced from gelatin. Gelatin is made from cattle bones, hooves, ligaments, hides, ears, and other byproducts from the beef and leather industries.

Muscle Meds Carnivor Review

As an example, let’s look at the Muscle Meds product Carnivor. It contains 63% protein which compared to other brands is a bit disappointing. Also, compared to other beef protein products it is high in carbs (21/100g). On the plus side it does not contain any sugars and it is vitamin and mineral enriched. It truly is a great supplement for putting on lean muscle mass. The major downside is the truly horrible flavor – I found Vanilla Caramel revolting. On the plus side it’s quite easy on the stomach and efficient.

 Trial and Error

Hopefully in the coming years the beef supplements will develop even further and evolve into something with a less repulsive flavor. For now, I recommend you try and find a supplement that works for you personally. Remember, shakes should not be used as meal substitution. They can be an occasional addition to a healthy balanced diet but shouldn’t replace your real food protein sources.

 

 

 

 

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