What Are the Benefits of a Protein Shake?

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A protein shake can add many nutrients all at once. (Image: artisteer/iStock/Getty Images)

Protein shakes refer to some form of protein powder combined with a liquid and often other ingredients, then blended into a drink and consumed after a workout or as a meal replacement. Traditionally a drink for bodybuilders, protein shakes have become popular with all types of people to enhance exercise and diet goals. The protein commonly used in protein shakes often comes from whey--which is derived from cow's milk--soy and hemp. Adding protein shakes to your lifestyle can provide several benefits.

Weight Control

Used as a meal replacement, protein shakes are enable you to control your fat and calorie intake, which is beneficial to weight management. Portion control is a major problem for many people, and since many protein powders have controlled portions of calories, fat, protein and carbohydrates, it makes your job easier, says the Quick Weight Loss Principle website.

Muscle Building

When you exercise, whether it is with resistance training or not, muscle tissues are torn and must be rebuilt for your muscles to develop, and protein shakes will help the rebuilding process, according to Straight Health. Drinking protein shakes enables you to control the amount of protein you are consuming, and since it is in liquid form it will enter your bloodstream faster and get to work.


Trying to consume a high amount of quality protein through solid food can take a lot of preparation and be quite time consuming. For those situations where you may be short on time, a protein shake offers the luxury of quality ingredients in a convenient package.

Nutrient Intake

One of the main benefits of making and consuming protein shakes is the opportunity to add a multitude of other nutrients along with the protein powder. In one drink, you can enjoy the benefits of protein, frozen berries, flaxseed oil, aloe vera gel, coconut oil, natural peanut butter, plus any other foods or supplements you may want. You will have to experiment so your additions don't make the shake unpalatable, but your options for added nutrition are abundant.

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