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August 25, 2012 12:04 PM
Hey MFP!

I'm starting to switch up my routine and my macros. I'm going to be doing more strength training, as opposed to cardio. For building muscle I'm going to slowly build up to the 1.5g of protein/lb of body weight. In order to do so, I decided to go out and buy some protein powder.

My favourite store stocks vegan and whey powders. I suspect I have a dairy allergy (I've done the blood test. Results will be back in, in a couple of weeks), so I picked up the vegan. Throwing together a couple of recipes for shakes, I noticed there's a lot of sodium in this stuff! 520mg per scoop, to be exact!

Now, if I don't get much sodium from anything else I eat, it's a manageable amount but the numbers really surprised me!

What protein powder do you like to use, and how much sodium is in it? I got Vega Sport Performance Protein, chocolate flavour.
  11648999
August 25, 2012 12:14 PM
Anyone?
  11648999
August 25, 2012 12:19 PM
I use a vegan pea and hemp protein powder, I added it to my diary, so take a look.
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August 25, 2012 12:27 PM
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I use a vegan pea and hemp protein powder, I added it to my diary, so take a look.


The stuff you take has next to none in it compared to mine... I'm thinking I should bring it back...
  11648999
August 25, 2012 12:41 PM
Nobody else?
  11648999
August 25, 2012 1:12 PM
I have used Nitrofusion, but I did find that it had the same problem yours did, sodium overload.

I'm not dairy allergic but I'm lactose intolerant.

At the moment, I use Bluebonnet Whey Protein Isolate. Isolate is ultra refined and does not have lactose (or such a trace amount as not to matter). The one I use only has the isolate and natural vanilla flavoring.

If you are not allergic, you might find you are just intolerant?

Maybe try checking into some of the egg based ones.
Edited by woodsygirl On August 25, 2012 1:13 PM
August 25, 2012 1:16 PM
Do you have high blood pressure or other specific reason to monitor sodium? If not, I wouldn't worry about it. First off, you need some sodium in your diet. Second, most people don't really need to stress out about sodium. Third, if you want to counter-balance the bloating effects of sodium, you can do it by increasing potassium in your diet, which helps balance the electrolytes and minimizes water retention.
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August 25, 2012 3:07 PM
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Do you have high blood pressure or other specific reason to monitor sodium? If not, I wouldn't worry about it. First off, you need some sodium in your diet. Second, most people don't really need to stress out about sodium. Third, if you want to counter-balance the bloating effects of sodium, you can do it by increasing potassium in your diet, which helps balance the electrolytes and minimizes water retention.


Really? I wasn't aware of that. I set up potassium as the second alternative nutritional info to watch (I'm no longer concerned about sugar intake), and it is also really high from my veggie intake. I guess they'll balance each other out!

I just checked out a few alternatives that I had easy access to, and it seems all of the vegan powders have a high sodium content. The one I have now has the highest protein content, but also the highest sodium. It is, however, all natural and has a wide variety of plants used, unlike many others that just used one or two veggies. I think I'll stick with it. The whey powders have very, very little sodium, in comparison.

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I'm not dairy allergic but I'm lactose intolerant.

At the moment, I use Bluebonnet Whey Protein Isolate. Isolate is ultra refined and does not have lactose (or such a trace amount as not to matter). The one I use only has the isolate and natural vanilla flavoring.

If you are not allergic, you might find you are just intolerant?



I have been told that allergies or intolerance to the milk protein is actually just as common as people who are lactose intolerant, if not more-so. When the results come in, I'll know for sure. If I do not have a sensitivity to the protein, then I'll be buying whey. It is so much cheaper!
  11648999
August 27, 2012 5:18 AM
I'm not a huge fan of whey, but I do keep some on the cupboard to drink after strength training. To me it just doesn't have the best flavor, and I bought the chocolate stuff thinking it would be best... its kind of chalky... I've tried mixing it with milk and mixing it with water and neither taste great to me... I'll chop up strawberries and/or raspberries and toss them in, then it is more tolerable...

I also think I'm probably lactose intolerant, which sucks because I LOVE cheese =) But every time I have too much cheese or dairy products in general it just tears my stomach up and I spend the next several hours regretting it... haven't decided to stop eating dairy yet, but I've definately limited my intake just to reduce the after-pain...

As far as the sodium, I just started looking at my sodium on Friday and found I was easily 2 if not 3 times the sodium intake I should have been getting. I adjusted my food and drop 5-6 lbs over the weekend just from getting my sodium back on track, whereas I've spent the past 2-3 months in a stalemate losing 2-3lbs then gaining it back over and over again... so be mindful of your sodium as it does make a big difference for me at least in terms of water retention
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August 27, 2012 5:35 AM
I wouldn't worry about sodium intake too much. I cut out a lot of sodium in my diet at one point and started getting dizzy spells. Turns out, my blood pressure dropped too low so I needed to add it back in.

If you are worried, Vega One is fairly low in sodium.
Edited by linanil On August 27, 2012 5:37 AM
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