Sourcing the Best Options

14416335_sIf you count bodybuilding among your hobbies, then you’re probably already aware that protein is a key energy-providing nutrient that is of utmost importance to you and your diet. You might also be aware that many of the synthetic products like shakes, bars and powders are not good for your health because they often contain GMOS, heavy metals and other harmful substances. Moreover, they are manufactured in such a way that they lose their nutritional value and actually become toxic.

The solution to this problem is twofold. You can purchase and eat foods rich in this critical part of your diet or you can also look for products that are made from all-natural ingredients and manufactured safely so they retain all of their nutritional value. You do not have to rely on the synthetic or inferior products, even if you happen to be vegan or vegetarian.

If you are wondering where to find organic sources of nutrient-rich foods, the most obvious place is at the grocery store. Foods like beef, pork, lamb, chicken, fish, seafood, nuts, eggs, dairy and beans are all rich in protein. You may be worried about the high fat content in some of these foods. To circumvent this problem, purchase the leanest possible cuts of meat, look for lower fat dairy options like skimmed milk, and fill up on beans and pulses rather than fatty steak when you can.

You also have the option of purchasing a supplement in powder form, shake or bar. Some companies do have a social conscience, and they manufacture food and meal replacements that help you get the nutrition you need without risking your health in the process.

You can ensure the foods you buy are indeed, organic simply by checking the certification (which must be clearly labeled) and list of the ingredients and doing some research to see how and where exactly it was made. You should also read reviews of the product. If a product has false advertising or misleading claims, you can bet that someone somewhere has written a scathing review about it on the internet. Similarly, if any product proves to be safe, effective and reasonably priced, you can be sure that someone will have written something to inform others that it was an excellent purchase.

You may also find that blog posts and articles on the internet can guide you when it comes to foods and products that provide your required vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, in a safe way. There are lists of safe foods and supplements online; there is no shortage, that’s for certain. There are also lists of products that contain unsafe and dangerous ingredients. Use everything at your disposal to find products and supplements that are safe and effective; most people believe that certified organic foods are best. Also, make sure that you are getting enough protein from the foods you consume and the products you choose to use, be they powders, bars, or shakes. Always remember that you need one gram of protein for every pound of your weight if you want to avoid losing muscle rather than maintaining or building it up.

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