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Ready to drink protein drinks (ready to drink) are no longer a trend among bodybuilders to consolidate themselves as a healthy attitude, even for those who do not train regularly.

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Protein, one of the main nutrients responsible for muscle strengthening, has already won the world: from children to the elderly, ready to drink, are used as intermediate snacks that satisfy hunger and gluttony, they are so delicious. It is the ideal option to take to work, to snack for the kids at school and, of course, in the pre and post-training, if you practice weight training.

For those who want to lose weight or for those who don’t have time to make a traditional snack, protein drinks are so practical that they can be taken anywhere: better than ending up in the temptation of fast food or trash food, just put them on in the bag and quench hunger at any time, ensuring health and well-being.

But it is worth staying inside a very interesting curiosity: anyone who thinks that protein drinks were idealized for those who do weight training, is very wrong. They were originally produced to strengthen patients with certain pathologies, such as cancer and anorexia, for example, and in cases of pre- and post-surgery.

All because of its high nutritional quality. It was only later that its extremely positive effects were adapted and used also for the bodybuilding people.

Among them, is the faster absorption by the organism because of its liquid form, which also guarantees greater enzymatic action. It turns out to be more efficient than whey protein in other forms.

Well, by now you should be more than ready to experiment.

How to drink whey?

Because it is a soluble powder, whey can be mixed with liquids, such as water, milk, shakes and vitamins. Therefore, the choice will vary according to your preference.

Regarding the average amount of protein consumption, there is no specific pattern for all people, since each has a different lifestyle and organisms. However, always remember to ingest the drink in moderation and, as we have already said, following the recommendations of a health professional.

After all, it is essential to find out the needs of your body and how much of the nutrient you need to consume. In addition, it is important to know that whey is not a meal replacement, but a food that can better fit the daily rush, helping to meet nutritional needs without having to give up your habits.

To properly consume a whey drink, you must first follow up with a healthcare professional. However, because this protein snack is nothing more than whey protein, it can be eaten at any time. After all, there is no right time throughout the day to drink milk.

However, it is worth knowing that some people prefer to consume whey after training, for example, because it can help replenish the protein lost during exercise, in addition to satiating hunger.

The moment of rest is another option in which drinking is also considered, such as just before bed. Another alternative is in the morning, if you do not have time to prepare a meal or are also unable to eat solid foods at that time.

To achieve the desired effects for your body, it is necessary to remember that healthy habits and a balanced diet must be linked to the consumption of the drink. Therefore, if ingested correctly.

Whey can offer some health benefits, such as:

Increased muscle mass, since food is rich in protein and easy to be absorbed by the body

Combats muscle fatigue by increasing the body’s immune response

Reduction of body fat due to calcium content

Performance improvement during training

Reduced stress and increased disposition.


Vegetable drinks are increasingly strong in the market and are available in several versions, such as cashew nuts, coconut, soy, almonds, oats, among others. With this newness, a question hangs in the minds of many people: should I replace cow’s milk with vegetable drinks?

First of all, it is necessary to clarify that the vegetable drinks are not all the same, as the source of each one is different, the nutritional compositions are different as well. Oilseed drinks, such as cashews and almonds, offer healthy fats, such as omega 9, a good protein intake and low carbohydrate.

The soy drink is the richest in protein among vegetable drinks and can replace cow’s milk in terms of protein content. Already drinks based on cereals and tubers, such as oats and yams, are rich in carbohydrates and low in proteins, working better as an energy supplement to the diet.

An important point when choosing a vegetable drink is to check its composition. Ideally, additives such as sweeteners, colors, flavors and preservatives should not be added, so that they remain as natural as possible. Thus, in addition to being healthier, the drinks are also more versatile, and can be consumed as a more sweet drink or used in savory recipes, as an ingredient.


Physical exercise practiced regularly with moderate intensity causes changes in the protein composition of the muscle, resulting in an increase in both production and protein breakdown. A diet deficient in calories, macro and / or micronutrients can prevent the athlete’s physiological adaptations to training. In addition, maintaining a diet that does not meet the recommendations for adequate nutrients can lead to loss of muscle mass and decreased strength, increased susceptibility to disease and immune deficiency.

Currently, the market for dietary supplementation has a multitude of options for protein sources. Among them, we have proteins in the form of a “blend”, which means a mixture of different sources of proteins in the same product. This characteristic offers differentiated absorption when compared to isolated proteins. This is because the “blends” have whey protein in their composition, protein isolated from milk, albumin and casein.

Because it presents this “mixture” of different proteins, its absorption is slower when compared to that of the isolated protein, in addition to having the benefit of supporting the concentration of post-workout amino acids for a longer time, without having to eat a solid meal. shortly thereafter.

In the scientific literature, most research is done with whey protein, and we know that absorption is faster, but the time that the protein is available in the blood is also short. Thus, whey protein is suitable for pre- and post-workout, however it is recommended that there is a solid meal after 30-60 minutes to support muscle recovery.

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