Protein: How Much Do I Need?

 

Did You Know?  

By combining protein and complex carbs (like oats) you can slow down the carb-to-fat conversion process! The benefits don’t end there…combining protein and complex carbs gives you long-lasting energy so you can stay alert and feel satisfied. Plus, eating protein speeds up your metabolism. Bonus!

We are always watching the trends, but as a company we pride ourselves on not jumping on bandwagons. At the end of the day, our belief is that scientific studies are great. However, they are only as good as the latest methodology, instruments, and technology, which are always changing. We may not ever truly understand or be aware of all the reasons a whole food is designed the way it is. We might not ever know about interactions between trace minerals or vitamins or WHATEVER that causes a food to be so darn awesome for you…there is just so much that science can’t explain, and trying to isolate properties/nutritional components out of real food, I think, can sometimes be a mistake.

That being said, there are obvious reasons why this is being done and I’m not saying that it’s all bad. What we need to be careful about is jumping on every trend and bandwagon with gusto and forgetting some basic principles that will keep us balanced and feeling great. We as a culture and society are so thirsty for the next BIG THING…the magic pill, process, or powder that will solve all our problems. Unfortunately it’s indicative of an overstressed, time starved, and confused population. The confusion is definitely spurred on by our access to information. There is just so much out there to sift through, and often the “scientific studies” are conflicting, which is beyond frustrating and mind numbing for all of us out here trying to get and stay healthy.

So where does that leave us? As a company we felt the best way to deal with all the hype was to grab onto some simple principles:

  • There is no BEST protein that should be used 100% of the time. Protein from a variety of sources (meat, nuts, plants) will ensure you are nourishing your body in a variety of ways. If you want to get serious you can segment sources of protein and consume them in synergy with your functional need in a specific moment: i.e. using slow absorbing protein (hemp) before bed to ensure constant delivery of protein during the sleep cycle, or using fast absorbing protein (pea or egg white) directly after a workout to replenish muscles.
  • Consume whole foods whenever possible. We tried our best to keep as many of our ingredients in their whole form! We are pretty sure God knew what he was doing when he designed each unique food!
  • Eat your veggies and do like your momma said and GET OUTSIDE! All the best food science in the world won’t help you if you are stressed out and forget how to have an adventure every once in a while! 

Those three ideals pretty much sum up the formulation strategy for our bars ☺ That’s why we encourage people to use GORP like a puzzle piece in their life…if you are at your desk and skip lunch, this bar might just help you stay away from the vending machines full of crud. Or if you just got back from an awesome workout, a GORP bar is just the ticket to help you recover (with protein) and relieve joint pain/inflammation with some plant-based Omega 3s!

What You Need to Know When Purchasing Protein Products

  • HOW MUCH should you be consuming?
  • You also need to consider how your unique body reacts to protein in certain forms. Many people get intestinal upset and gas from whey and soy proteins, while others can’t deal with nuts or eggs. 
  • Are you getting protein from a variety of sources and forms? i.e. a variety of whole foods (not just steak, guys!!) and possibly supplementing with powders if needed.

Protein is absolutely vital. It’s responsible for building, repairing, and maintaining muscle tissue, and it plays a part in every critical process in our body…BUT if you aren’t using what you’re ingesting, it’s going to cause weight gain, and not the good kind!

There are a variety of ways to find out how much protein you should be consuming, including this online chart. The optimal number of grams to consume per day is dependent on your age, weight, and activity level.

With all that being said…we are big believers over here in nourishing mind, body, and soul by getting outside with others and finding adventure. That’s our passion, and if our bar can help fuel you along the way…well, that’s awesome!