Natural proteins and vitamins vrs artificial proteins and vitamins

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Natural proteins and vitamins vrs artificial proteins and vitamins
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Mon, 08-06-2012 - 6:43pm

I have always wonder which is the healthiest way forurmetabolistm and body to digesturproteins and vitamin, thru artificial or natural ones. I ask this because it is so common between people who practices sport, go to the gym, athletes men and now even women.to take artiificial ones in big powder canisters that I wonder if it is because they do not digest the enough proteins and vitamins that come from fruits and vegetables and they have to take artificial supplements to get them.

 

So is it necessary for them to take artificial ones to have more mass quickly even if so many supplements say they are natural and do not have chemicals nd why they believe they have to take them and cant a person builds muscle mass and be healthy with vitamins and proteins just by eating the natural fruits and vegetables nature give us plus being active.

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Registered: 04-05-2002

I don't think so but it's an easy way out. It takes time to prepare food and it's easier for people to mix up something or take pills. As for athletes, I think there are some who go for easy fixes but many don't. That said, it is easier at times to go for simple and easy--eg. when I'm training long distances, I use gatorade and gels.  I know I could mix my own but I just can't be bothered.  People use pills because it's a short cut, maybe not as effective but better than doing nothing, in their minds.  I prefer to track what I eat to make sure I get the recommended nutrients. But, I have to say it can be much more time consuming than popping a multivitamin. I just think it's worth the added effort.






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Registered: 03-25-2003

I understand the part that if ur body lacks of proteins and vitamins that is where the artificial supplements come, and I know that doctors  prescribe them that for the ones lacking of that on ur body, but if u are healthy and you do not lack of  vitamins and proteins, then I do not understand why people take them. I have an aunt who take pills for this, pills for that etc,   and I see her healthy, but she says is important to take vitamins and proteins so she takes pills Well that is a very  stereotype of US citizens  (as I have heard  and read the average  US  citizen takes  many or almost  everything, because some doctors prescirbe them the pills as they believe it is necessary) that they take pills for this and that even if they do not need them. But in athletes or people who do exercise then is it important to take the artificial ones along the natural ones?

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Registered: 05-08-2006
I supplement what I eat with protein bars and protein powder. My eating plan is 20 grams of protein every two to three hours. I don't try to eat low fat, but i do eat hogh protein. Calorie wise, I cannot achieve 20 grams just from food...but I also eat fresh, home cooked (by me) food. For me, this is a valid combination
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Registered: 09-25-2003

I think that athletes fall into a different category.  I remember my brothers taking handfuls of vitamins and wheatgerm pills on top of their mounds of food when they were training for swimming competitions.  They are expending much higher levels of calories than the "layman."  I vaguely recall a reference to Phelps eating 10,000 calories a day just to maintain his weight at a certain part of his training...I would think that vitamins and supplements are a must to keep your body in tip top shape.

 

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But to athletes know that? I mean many of them take vitamin supplements  or proteins from powder beaue they are sold at the gyms or sports shops and even their trainers give them that for better performance and endurance and some of them believe to help u develop mass  muscle so I believe guys take them, instead of eating the real food, maybe they do not have time to cook real food so they prefer to eat processed vitamins and proteins. to develop muscle faster. Some say that some processed powder are natural and do not have chemicals. I wonder what  is the "natural" part one included on those powder bars and powder jars

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Registered: 09-25-2003

I agree with Jean that whole foods are better than processed ones.  With the example of breast milk, there is collostrum in breast milk which is not in formula.  In other words, there may be nutrients in whole foods that we don't even know about yet, that are providing additional benefit that we aren't aware of.  There is much debate over the GMO (genetically modified...) and pesticides and so on and so on, but in general, I think food is better than powder.  The powders are more concentrated and easier to prepare.

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Registered: 04-05-2002

That's a good question.  I'm a big believer in eating whole foods vs processed vitamins. I think there are far more nutrients in vegetables and fruits than we realize (we've only just discovered some of the phytochemicals in them and how good they are for us).  I really liked Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food where he talks about real food vs processed edible chemical bites. In short, companies take what they think is nutritional in foods and put them in edible bites.  But, they're not getting the whole picture of what else there might be.  At one time, the thought was that it was just Vitamin C.  Long answer to your question--yes, I think you can get all the nutrients you need from real food.

But, there is a whole debate on breastfeeding vs formula and I guess this falls along those lines. I'm also a believer in breastfeeding, w/out jumping into the fracas.