Pros and cons of powdered protein supplements as a meal replacement
Q: Please advise on the pros and cons of powdered protein supplements as a meal replacement.
A: I wouldn’t recommend powdered protein supplements generally because our body doesn’t need more than 0.8 gm/kg body weight of protein. 2) Extra protein calories are converted to fat and the nitrogen part of the protein is excreted, thereby putting an unnecessary strain on the kidney. 3) Protein supplements are low in roughage. 4) It does not provide all the minerals and vitamins a complete balanced meal would give. For people that are trying to lose weight, protein supplementation seems to curb the appetite thereby help reduce weight.
Protein supplements are not needed unless you are into sports nutrition, body building, or afflicted with cancer.