Here at Women’s Health, we know all
about the benefits of protein powder.
It can help you lose weight and build muscle, while also being a
great way to add protein to nearly every meal (even dessert!).
But US WH beauty director Maura Lynch recently learnt a
surprising downside of the stuff from dermatologist Dr Mona Gohara.
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“Dr Gohara and her colleagues are anecdotally seeing an uptick
in acne among women who drink shakes and smoothies spiked with whey
“There is some research to back it up; one study followed 30
participants on a daily whey regimen for two months and found that female
subjects were most susceptible to breakouts. The thinking is that whey
upregulates our androgenic hormones, such as testosterone, more than men’s,
spurring excess sebum production.
“It also causes an increase in the amount of insulin growth
factor our bodies produce, triggering more oil production.
“So what’s the solution? Easy. Switch to a pea protein
powder in your drink, like Health Connection Pea Protien Isolate
and you’ll pack the same punch, minus the inflammatory reaction.”
This article was originally featured on www.womenshealth.co.za
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