100% Natural Whey Protein Powder
For any weight lifter or body builder, their protein intake is a crucial aspect on their training, since after a heavy workout, the body needs to repair the micro tears in the muscle that have already taken place. Since muscles are by and large comprised of protein, it makes sense that by taking in protein in your diet, this will help to repair and therefore build your muscles.
Whilst it's more than possible to get all your protein needs from a good balanced diet, many people simply don't have the time to prepare all the meals needed with the specific level of protein in each meal. Due to this situation, protein powders are a great alternative. Or at least, some of them are...
Natural vs. Unnatural:
Of course, using a natural whey protein powder is always the best option. It has no additives to it, meaning you're only getting good nutritious protein, without any side effects. However, the downside of this is that the natural protein powders are more expensive than those that aren't natural. However, I would strongly suggest staying away from unnatural whey protein powder.
The reason behind this is that they always contain artifical sweeteners, such as sucralose and also aspartame. These chemicals have been linked to casuing cancer for years when taking in excess. However, it's never been disclosed just exactly what excess is. It may be the thing that in the case of protein powder, you'd be taking it at least once daily, thus ingesting these nasty chemicals.
Also, with the unnatural protein powders, they have a nasty after taste, and it's not uncommon for them to cause bloating, stomach cramps and extreme flatulence. When you way up these side effects, I'm sure you'd agree that the natural option is the better choice.
I would strongly suggest that if you're not already doing so, you start using Optimum Nutritions 100% Oats and Whey. This amazing whey protein and oat blend is fully free from artificial flavours and chemicals, and is completely natural.
Happy weight lifting!