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Peanut Butter "O"


What are Net Impact Carbohydrates?

Answer: A net impact carb is the amount of carbohydrates present in a diet after the fiber and sugar alcohol have been subtracted from it. Net carbs are the carbohydrates that will affect your blood sugar levels. Reason why: When you are calculating net impact carbs (the carbohydrates that turn into glucose during digestion), you must subtract the carbohydrates that are not digested by your body or that do not increase blood sugar. Even though fiber is counted and included on food labels as carbohydrate, it is not absorbed, and has no impact on your blood-sugar levels. Sugar alcohols are usually incompletely absorbed into the blood stream from the small intestines which generally results in a smaller change in blood glucose than "regular" sugar (sucrose). Sugar alcohols do not contribute to tooth decay. SOURCE: Health

Is Protein Squared gluten free?

No. The Peanut Butter "O" contains wheat, so it is not gluten free. The other P2 bars do not contain wheat but are not considered gluten-free because they are manufactured in a facility that processes wheat.

I am lactose intolerant. Can I eat Protein Squared?

No. All of the Protein Squared varieties contain milk products (whey protein, milk protein, yogurt powder, nonfat milk solids and/or sweetened condensed milk), so if you are lactose intolerant, you should not eat them.

Why is protein important in my diet?

Short Answer: Protein helps our bodies to build and repair muscle tissue and is used throughout the body, including the skin, bone and blood.

In depth Answer: Protein is a vital part of our bodies. The most obvious proteins most of us would recognize are our muscles. Muscle tissue consists of two proteins, actin and myosin, that interact with each other to make muscle a tissue which contracts or shortens. Muscles attached to bone allow us to move. Our hearts pump blood by the action of specialized muscles. Other muscles move food through our intestines. Most of our bodies' proteins are structural. Although bone is predominantly calcium, the mineral is held together in a composite made up of protein. Nerves are mostly fatty compounds, but protein is the framework which holds nerves together. Blood vessels, our organs, and our skin all have structural proteins. As we age, collagen (a supporting protein in our skin) breaks down particularly from sun exposure. Lacking the structural support, our skin wrinkles and sags and is more sensitive to trauma. Many of our specialized bodily functions occur because of proteins that interact in chemical reactions in our blood. Blood clotting is dependent on many proteins working together in a complex series of reactions. Our immune systems use sophisticated proteins called antibodies in cooperation with supporting protein agents to keep us safe from harmful infections and to protect us from cancer. Even our DNA uses proteins to reproduce and synthesize more DNA and to carry out the instructions encoded in the DNA to make other cellular materials, including more proteins. An essential protein and a major component of blood is albumin. This critical protein helps us keep just the right amount of water inside our arteries and veins. Without it, we would either swell or shrivel depending on what we have eaten and our environmental conditions. Gravity would cause fluid to pool in our legs, swelling them to many times normal size if it were not for the albumin in our blood.


How much protein do I need?

Research varies on the amount of protein required. For the average sedentary person, the RDA is .8g per 2.2 lbs. of body weight. For weightlifters and athletes, the amount can be 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight to more than 2 grams per pound.

1 The Protein Triangle -- Quality Timing Quantity (post workout) (2x RDA) To get the greatest benefit from protein consumption, three conditions should be met: quality, timing and quantity. As an athlete or bodybuilder, your full day's requirement for protein can be twice the RDA or more, from 1 gram per pound of body weight up to 2 or more.1, 2 To ensure your body is utilizing protein, research recommends consumption of quality protein within 90 minutes after a workout, in order to stimulate muscle protein synthesis. According to his research, Dr. John Berardi of the University of Western Ontario in Canada has concluded that 0.4 grams of protein per kg (2.2 lbs) of body weight will help to stop muscle breakdown and begin the process of muscle repair. The recommended dosage of 0.4g/kg of body weight works out to roughly 35 g protein for a 200-lb. individual.3 The best protein comes from eggs. Egg protein is considered the #1 quality protein and all other proteins from all other food sources are compared against this standard.4 Protein isolates from whey, milk and soy score as high as eggs on quality. 5 According to John Ivy and Robert Portman, authors of "Nutrient Timing," compared with egg protein, whey protein ranks highest among all four measurements. Whey protein has a protein efficiency ratio of 3.9, a biological value of 104, net protein utilization of 92 and a chemical score a bit less than 100. Egg protein has a protein efficiency ratio of 2.2, a biological value of 74, net protein utilization of 61 and a chemical score of 69.6

Protein Squared fits perfectly into the protein triangle. It provides you with 15 grams of quality protein that is just the right size for post-workout consumption.

1Source: How Much Protein Is Required For Endurance Exercise? By Dr. Bill Misner, Ph.D. 2 3Read more: Post Workout Protein Requirements for Bodybuilding | 4Read more: 5The most advanced protein-quality measurement scale is the Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS). The highest PDCAAS score possible is 1.0. Any protein with a score of 1.0 is considered complete for use by the human body. Soy was tested along with egg white, casein (derivative of milk protein), beef, and a variety of beans to determine their PDCAAS rating. Soy-protein isolate, along with egg white, whey, and casein proteins, came back with a perfect 1.0 score. Interestingly enough, beef scored only a .92 while kidney beans came in highest among the beans with a .68 rating. Source: 6Read more:

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