Drink Wholesome is the best protein powder for teens.
Can teens take protein powder? If you are a parent, you may have wondered if your teen should use protein powders, and if protein powders are safe for teenagers. We often get asked these very questions, so we decided to write this article to offer some insight. First of all, it is important to clarify that teenagers, and adults for that matter, should strive to get most, if not all, of their protein from real foods. Nothing beats a home cooked meal. That said, for some teens, protein powder can be a great way to boost protein intake.
Now teenagers, in particular teenage athletes, need a lot of protein to support muscle development and recovery – 0.45 to 0.6 grams of protein per day per pound. This means that a 130 pound teen needs to consume between 59 and 78 grams of protein daily. For some teens, this can be hard to do. Imagine, for example, that your son or daughter has to rush from practice to rehearsal, and does not have time to eat a meal. In this case, protein powder is a great, and possibly the healthiest option. Instead of snacking on a granola bar, which is likely full of added sugar, or not eating at all, your teen can make a protein shake. We always recommend using protein powders over ready to drink shakes because the latter are full of added junk, and often contain denatured proteins due to pasteurization.
At this point, you are probably still wondering if protein powders are safe for teenagers; and the answer is yes, depending on the protein powder you choose. This is because all protein powders are not created equal. Like ready to drink protein shakes, many protein powders are full of additives. Just take a look at an ingredient label. I bet you cannot pronounce half of the ingredients listed. Ingredients like these are added to protein powders as emulsifiers, preservatives, and thickeners. They contribute little to nothing to the nutritional profile of the product, and have no place in your teenager’s diet. In fact, many of them are linked to a host of health problems, from stomach pain to chronic disease, so steer clear.
Before moving on, we should mention that although protein is an essential micronutrient, it is possible to consume too much. The body can only use so much protein, which means that excess protein is stored as fat. This is rarely an issue for hungry teenage athletes, however, so do not let it discourage you from giving your teenager a protein shake every once in a while.
In summary, protein shakes should not replace real foods, but can serve as a supplement if a teen is struggling to get enough protein otherwise. We know, given the ever growing selection, that choosing the right protein powder for teens can be overwhelming, so let us guide your hand. Drink Wholesome makes protein powders with real food ingredients like chickpeas, egg whites, and coconut – and nothing else. We use zero additives, so you can be confident that your teenager is getting the protein that he or she needs, without the added junk. Finally, unlike many protein powders, Drink Wholesome actually tastes good and your teen will love it! Order samples to see for yourself.
You are reading an article written by Drink Wholesome, a small company from New Hampshire. Since 2020, we have taken a fundamentally different approach to protein powder by only using real food ingredients – ingredients you can pronounce and find in your kitchen. Now you can boost your protein intake without the added junk found in almost every other protein powder. Hooray! You will find that we also make the best tasting protein powder. What can I say, real foods just taste better.