Our expert says:
Firstly you only need to take supplemental protein via shakes if you intend to do serious body building or if your basic diet is deficient in protein. Most people in SA who eat a western diet eat more than enough high quality protein (meat, eggs, milk, yoghurt, cheese, fish, etc) to sustain the 1 g of protein per kg body weight that you require for building muscle tissue (if you weigh 60 kg then you only need 60 g of protein/day). Because soy products contain some oestrogen-like compounds, the American Dietetic Association has warned that women who have a family or personal history of oestrogen-sensitive breast cancer, should not eat large quantities of soy products. However, if you have only one serving of the soy shake a day, this should not be a problem. If there is any history of breast cancer, rather stick to they whey shake if you decide to use a shake.
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