While whole-food protein is best, it’s just not always possible to get all the protein you need from whole foods. (Approx 1g Protein per 1kg Bodyweight per day - ie if you weight 70kg you need 70g+ per day) Ultimately, there are two big reasons you might want to consider adding protein powder to your diet.
Reason #1: Convenience: In some cases, people just don’t have time to (or simply don’t want to) sit down and eat a whole-food meal. This might happen when a person is:
Very busy with work, caregiving, or other responsibilities
Aiming for a very high protein requirement and doesn’t have time/desire to eat that much whole-food protein
Transitioning to a plant-based diet and still figuring out their preferred whole-food protein sources
Trying to meet protein goals while traveling or with limited food options
Reason #2: Appetite: Other times, people don’t feel hungry enough to eat the amount of protein they need. This might happen when a person is:
Trying to gain weight and is struggling to increase their intake
Sick and has lost their desire to eat
Aiming to improve athletic performance and recovery, but doesn’t feel hungry enough to meet their nutrient needs
These reasons are all completely legitimate.
But you don’t NEED protein powder to be healthy. It’s a supplement, not an essential food group.
DETAILED ARTICLE: https://www.precisionnutrition.com/how-to-choose-protein-powder