Supplements Vs Real Food

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1.Protein powders

Protein powder comes in lots of different forms and flavours to suit what you need, there are of course pros and cons of taking these though:

Pros

Protein powders are a really quick source of protein and provide a quick digesting hit that you can take anywhere with you.

A big positive I find in taking these is that depending on the supplement company you use – they can actually be cheaper than eating whole foods.

Another slightly strange positive for me is that they come in sweet flavours which I find helps me when I am eating clean because you don’t get to eat the food they are modelled on. Protein powders also require next to no preparation which saves a lot of time.

Cons

The biggest downside to supplements is that they aren’t real food. By this I mean you don’t get all of the nutrients and other vitamins that you get from actual food.

When you eat, for example, beef, you get around 25g of protein per 100g serving which is roughly similar to that of most protein powders.

However, you also get plenty of vitamin B12, Zinc and Iron along with Creatine, all things you don’t get from protein powders. As another benefit, food is filling! It fills your stomach for longer which means you will feel you have more energy and will be able to perform better.

Which is better?

In my opinion, I will choose food over supplements for my protein intake every time, but that doesn’t mean I don’t use them.

I think they are very useful as long as you use them sensibly and don’t neglect whole foods as the main bulk of your protein intake.

In simple terms, food is better but supplements are helpful!

2.Vitamin And Mineral Supplements

Vitamins and minerals supplements can give you the vitamins and minerals needed by your body to support a variety of functions.

Pros:

  • These supplements can help you maintain optimal health, especially if your food consumption is low.
  • They can improve a wide range of bodily functions and help maintain your mental health.
  • They decrease your risk of vitamin deficiency.
  • They help you digest much better.
  • They allow a person to get a regular daily intake of essential vitamins, which is especially important for children.

Cons:

  • Excessive vitamins and minerals can have an adverse effect on a person’s overall health.
  • Fat-soluble vitamins, for instance, can be contained in your tissue, especially if you take more of them than you need.
  • Excess vitamin A can cause congenital disabilities and liver problems.
  • Too many minerals, such as calcium, selenium, magnesium, iron, and zinc, are dangerous for the health as they can led to toxicity. Excess iron, for instance, can cause digestive complications, while excess calcium might increase your risk of forming kidney stones.

3.Creatine

Creatine is an amazing supplement – easy to take, relatively cheap, brings on some amazing improvements to your body and your overall performance, but is the 5g you should have a day better from food or powder?

Pros

Taking Creatine is super simple. Usually, to get your 5g it can either be one small scoop of powder.

Or to make it even simpler most pre-workout supplements have your daily intake of Creatine already put into them.

For me though the biggest advantage of taking Creatine as a supplement is because of how much food you need to eat to get your 5g, here’s a rundown:

  • Pork = 5g per Kilo
  • Red meat = 4.5g per Kilo
  • Herring = 6.5g per Kilo
  • Salmon = 4.5g per Kilo
  • Tuna = 4g per Kilo
  • Cod = 3g per Kilo

So as you can see you need to eat a LOT of food to get that Creatine intake from food alone.

Cons

As with everything on this list a supplement doesn’t carry the nutrients of real food, but in this situation, the amount of food you would need to eat may mean it isn’t realistic!

I think though the biggest con for people is some of the negative impacts it can have.

The biggest thing to remember with Creatine is it makes you hold more water, which in turns means you put on weight (I tend to put on about 1.5 kilos in the space of two weeks when I start Creatine).

Another thing it’s known for is making you feel and appear bloated (this isn’t for everyone, however) but this should clear once you stop taking it.

On that subject, when you stop taking it – it usually states on the supplement to cycle Creatine but I don’t believe it’s necessary – you tend to lose all of the water weight very quickly and it can make your muscles look flat.

Which is better?

As with everything here, food is always going to contain more nutrients and other benefits than just taking a small scoop of powder every morning, in this case.

However, I will hold my hands up and say I would prefer to take the powder instead of eating a kilo of Herring every day!

My advice, choose a supplement which allows you to take in 3g Creatine per serving instead of the full 5g, then your daily protein intake should allow you to get the additional 2g you need. Best of both worlds really.

4. Calorie Supplements

Calorie supplements, also called weight gainers, are notable for their benefits of giving a person the ability to increase his lean muscle mass and increase the strength of his muscles as well. These are the supplements commonly used by most bodybuilders to help them build their great physiques. Although these products are proven to be effective, they are not without side effects.

Pros:

  • These supplements can help a person gain muscle mass quickly. They contain a high amount of carbs and proteins that are essential to gaining weight. These supplements contain low amounts of fat so you can rest assured that your weight gain is muscle instead of fat.
  • They also contain amino acids that help you acquire lean muscle mass. Calorie supplements contain arginine, which helps the body produce more nitric oxide, which improves the flow of blood to growing muscles.
  • These supplements can also give a person energy and stamina to last him through all his training and workouts.

Cons:

  • One common side effect of using these supplements is insomnia. These supplements contain caffeine to give you energy.
  • Too much caffeine, however, can keep you up all night.
  • These supplements are also shown to cause damage to the kidneys, especially after long-term use.

5.Omega 3/fish oil tablets vs Food

Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are not produced naturally by the body so you must get them in another form, supplements are by far the easiest way to get these into your daily diet.

There isn’t a set guideline on how much you should consume on a daily basis but as a general guideline, the average person needs around 500mg per day.

Pros

Despite the fact that this supplement is commonly known with keeping the elderly mobile it also is fantastic for athletic performance, as it is one of the healthy fats it has great fat burning qualities to keep you leaner.

Along with other benefits like healthier hair, skin, brain, heart and joints – basically, it’s pretty good stuff!

Most supplements contain between 500mg – 1000mg a day so you get your whole allowance in one instant hit.

Cons

It isn’t fish (or seeds, or nuts, or really any other fatty foods).

You can actually get around 500mg of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids per 100g of oily fish like mackerel, not only do you get the fatty acids but plenty of protein as well.

Other foods you get plenty of omegas from are:

  • Pork = 5g per Kilo
  • Red meat = 4.5g per Kilo
  • Herring = 6.5g per Kilo
  • Salmon = 4.5g per Kilo
  • Tuna = 4g per Kilo
  • Cod = 3g per Kilo

All of these foods will help to build up to your daily intake but you will get plenty of other nutrients with these as well.

Which is better?

If you are eating plenty of oily fish and other foods listed above I would imagine you are getting your daily intake of Omega 3 and 6 so don’t need the supplement, but if you’re like me and don’t eat these foods every day then the supplement is a good idea.

The biggest thing to remember is that diets rich in omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to help to reduce inflammation and lower blood pressure, all of which will keep you healthier for longer, and isn’t that the aim with it all?

To Sum Up

The biggest thing to remember with dietary supplements is that they are just that, there to supplement your daily diet.

If your diet sucks, no amount of supplements is going to give you the results you want. Focus on real food as much as you can, then use supplements to fill in the gaps.

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