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Pros and Cons of Pure Protein Whey Shots

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author image Sirah Dubois
Sirah Dubois is currently a PhD student in food science after having completed her master's degree in nutrition at the University of Alberta. She has worked in private practice as a dietitian in Edmonton, Canada and her nutrition-related articles have appeared in The Edmonton Journal newspaper.
Pros and Cons of Pure Protein Whey Shots
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Pure Protein is the name of a dietary supplement line that incorporates whey protein into a variety of products, including “whey shots.” The whey shots consist of either 25 or 50 grams of protein mixed into about 3 ounces of water, which makes them a portable source of easily digested protein. Protein supplements are popular with bodybuilders and other serious athletes who want to efficiently build muscle mass and strength. There are pros and cons of consuming whey protein, and this Pure Protein product may not be suited to everyone.

Product Overview

Pure Protein products are made by adding whey protein to flavored bars, drinks, powders and portable shots, according to the company’s website. The whey shots come in three flavors -- green apple, grape and fruit punch -- and include either 25 grams of protein in regular versions or 50 grams of protein in supreme versions. The protein is derived from hydrolyzed collagenic protein isolate, whey protein isolate and casein protein isolate, so it’s not entirely from whey. Pure Protein Whey Shots also contain additional branched chain amino acids, sucralose, malic acid, flavorings and purified water.

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Whey Protein

Whey protein naturally occurs in all dairy products made from milk. Whey protein supplement powder is derived from the byproducts of cheese manufacturing. Whey is a complete and dense protein source easily digested into amino acids by most people. Amino acids are needed for a variety of purposes in your body including building muscle tissue, repairing skin and synthesizing enzymes. Daily protein requirements for adults depend on size, gender and amount of exercise, but amounts range from about 45 to 75 grams for the body to function properly, according to the “Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition.” However, for bodybuilders and other serious athletes who focus on increasing muscle size and strength, over 150 grams of protein are often needed each day.

Pros

Pure Protein Whey Shots contain quite a bit of protein that is derived at least partially from whey. Whey protein is well digested and absorbed, much better than meat sources, although not quite as well as egg protein. Whey contains very little lactose, despite coming from milk, so it’s often a good option for those who are lactose intolerant. Whey is also a good source of calcium and cysteine. The whey shots are pre-dissolved in water, don’t need refrigeration and are small in size, which are conveniences. They are also sugar-free, fat-free and relatively low in sodium.

Cons

Pure Protein Whey Shots contain whey, but also casein, which is another type of protein found in milk. Casein is not as easily digested as whey and may not be as appropriate for those with milk allergies or lactose intolerance issues. Consuming too much whey protein can lead to constipation because it readily absorbs water in your intestines. Consequently, you should drink more water than is contained in the whey shots. Furthermore, Pure Protein Whey Shots are not cheap, averaging a little over $3 USD with shipping or tax. In comparison, an average egg contains about 6 grams of protein, and $3 worth of eggs can easily provide you with over 70 grams.

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References

  • Pure Protein Supplements
  • Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition; Benjamin Caballero et al.
  • Advanced Nutrition and Human Metabolism; James L. Groff et al.
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