Supplement Vs Food

We would prefer to say 'Supplement + Food' since the cumulative benefit of food and supplements is after all, what it's all about. We are certainly not advocating one over the other, quite the contrary, we merely thought it would be interesting to know how just 200-300ml of fluid (protein shake) holds up to the fully fledged protein powerhouses such as chicken or steak in terms of protein and calories.

Rumours that milk works out cheaper than protein supplements is a bit of a fallacy, agreed milk is a nutrient and protein dense beverage, however the assertion that milks 'cost effectiveness' is better than whey protein when meeting elevated protein requirements, is a little dubious.

Opinions are opinions, but lets see how they compare anyway....

Average Whey Protein Shake: 120kcal; 25g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate

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Average 150g Chicken breast: 146kcal; 32g Protein; 0g Carbohydrate

 

Average Whey Protein Shake: 120kcal; 25g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate

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Average Beef Steak: 400kcal; 39g Protein; trace Carbohydrate

 

Average Whey Protein Shake: 120kcal; 25g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate

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Average 200ml Glass of Milk: 130kcal; 6g Protein; 9g Carbohydrate

 

Average Whey Protein Shake: 120kcal; 25g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate

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150g Serving of Cottage Cheese: 100kcal; 16g Protein; 6g Carbohydrate

 

 

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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