Protein powders are not the only supplements that provide protein. In addition to protein supplements and weight gainer products, protein bars and amino acid supplements are available on the market. What are they used for? Are they a substitute for protein powders or do they supplement them?
Before we get started, here’s a quick recap on protein
When we eat food, it releases nutrients into our body. There are two types of nutrients: macronutrients and micronutrients.
Macronutrients are large molecules in the form of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins.
Every cell and tissue in the body contains protein. It’s found in muscle, bones, hair, nails, skin, and everywhere else. Protein makes up about 20% of total body mass. An adult of average size contains between 10 and 12 kg of protein, mostly located in the muscles.
Protein is used to build and repair the body. Protein plays an essential role: tissue growth and renewal. Protein plays an essential role: tissue growth and renewal.
Protein is vital because it helps muscle growth, especially during intense physical activity, and repairs damaged muscles. That’s why bodybuilders consume so much protein.
Why use protein bars or amino acids?
• Protein bars are really practical and easier to carry around than a protein shaker. You can take them everywhere and they don't require any preparation.
• Amino acid tablets are useful for enhancing your diet in a targeted manner. They can also be taken to supplement protein.
When should you use protein bars?
Short on time or not able to mix up a shake? Protein bars are ideal for replacing your protein shake. They're great for when you're on the go.
Bulking up? Bars are packed with the protein and carb nutrients you need when you’re bulking up. You could swap a mass gainer shake for a bar to switch things up and add a bit of variety.
Looking for a good post-exercise recovery solution? Protein bars taken with water or an isotonic drink tick the box perfectly. They will be assimilated by the body best if taken straight after a workout.
When should you use amino acids?
Amino acids are used to supplement your protein intake in a more targeted manner. You can take them during the day with or instead of a protein shake to make sure you don’t exceed your daily protein requirements.
BCAAs are branched-chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine). These are the main amino acids used during exercise. They will be assimilated by the body best if taken during the recovery phase just after a workout.