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Can I sip on protein shake throughout day? Or do they need to be part of meals?

July 27, 2016

QUESTION: Can I sip on protein shake throughout day? Or do they need to be part of meals?

 

ANSWER: They should be used FOR your meal AS your protein I.E. a "supplement" to lean meat, eggs etc. But it's not going to hurt anything if you want to sip on one periodically throughout the day. It's not IDEAL because you want your body to be able to run full cycles of digestion with no interruption, so just keep a couple things in mind if you're going to do that. 1- it needs to be with a pre made protein drink (RTD) instead of your powder because once you mix the powder with water it begins to denature the protein (break it down) and after about 45-60 minutes there's not going to be very much actual protein left, if any. 2-without any preservatives to slow the process it will "go bad" in a couple hours unless it's refrigerated, so be careful not to make yourself sick. Anyone who have ever left a protein drink out overnight and smelled it the next day will know EXACTLY what I mean.

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DISCLAIMER: James Thompson is a sports nutritionist with over 25 year of hands-on practical experience.  He is not a registered nutritionist or a dietitian.  THIS INFORMATION AND ALL RECOMMENDATIONS MADE ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE OR DESIGNED TO SERVE AS A DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT OR PREVENTION OF ANY ILLNESS OR DISEASE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF YOUR PHYSICIAN OR OTHER QUALIFIED MEDICAL, HEALTH CARE PROVIDER BEFORE YOU START ANY NUTRITION OR EXERCISE PROGRAM. BY BEGINNING THIS OR ANY OTHER PROGRAM, YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE HAD CLEARANCE FROM YOUR MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL TO DO SO.