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Protein Packed Treats

Fran Costigan & Vesanto Melina - Protein Packed Treats

This event was on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 1:00 pm Pacific, 4:00 pm Eastern

Explore the world of protein-enriched treats with Chef Fran Costigan and Registered Dietitian Vesanto Melina in an insightful discussion that strikes a harmonious balance between fla… Read More.



It is safe to add protein powder to home made flour mixture?

— Ruth Avila


I don't use protein powder, and I'd like to know what you think about that. DeSanto. Okay, I don't use it either. Um, but I've seen places where it can be helpful. For example, if you had a senior with muscle wasting or sarcopenia and who wanted to add muscle mass, but was hardly eating anything, you know, just very limited diet or had dental challenges, things like that. Like you could put a protein powder in her smoothie in her, you know, in her baking, in her pancakes, and it would actually help in those kind of situations. Now, athletes use protein powders, mostly they don't need to because they so many calories that they easily get enough protein from whole plant foods. But we're finding from research that the soy proteins are equally good to the whey protein. You, you see all in the sports stores on shelves, it's whey protein that are touted as muscle builders, but soy protein works perfectly well. And there are some new protein powders that are based on mixes like pea protein. And to my surprise, potato protein seems to potato protein. Yeah, it has some of the branch chain amino acids that are good for muscle building. I would've thought you'd take an awful lot of potatoes to get that protein, but I guess that's what they do. So well, you know, there is some kind of potato protein that people are using to make vegan macaroni, but I don't think it's the same thing. Well, thank you for that.
Vesanto Melina

Vesanto Melina

Dietitian, Author