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protein suppliments safe for teenagers?(7 posts)

protein suppliments safe for teenagers?rrjc5488
Jun 1, 2003 9:10 AM
Would a whey protein suppliment be safe for a 15 year old male, 145 lbs, in good shape? And does it really make a difference, does anyone use protein suppliments? If so, any other types of suppliments. Should i just stick to cans of tuna?
Don't eat too much tuna!KG 361
Jun 1, 2003 9:33 AM
1 can a day can lead to mercury poisoning! Whey is good and a fairly complete protien as well. I use soy, also (before rides). Instead of tuna all of the time, you may want to try those. Also, cottage cheese is good protien, if you like it (low fat). I often have cottage cheese with fruit as a snack. Non of these supplements should be harmful to you-it's just protien, which your body needs.
re: protein suppliments safe for teenagers?kjr39
Jun 1, 2003 9:58 AM
Yeah, I drink protein shake everyday. It's the GNC brand whey protein.
re: protein suppliments safe for teenagers?skvarken
Jun 1, 2003 10:17 AM
Shouldnt be a problem. One thing my doctor mentioned to me was that protien loading can be taxing on the kidney if you arent exercising regularly and drinking plenty of water. I like "Designer Protien" by next nutrition. Best price i found was at
Don't worry about the tuna fishKerry
Jun 1, 2003 4:03 PM
Canned tuna is fine (it's tuna steaks that may contain higher levels mercury, not the canned tuna) plus it contains omega 3 fatty acids - good for you. Whey is fine too. Powdered skim milk works as well, and is easy to mix with a lot of foods. You only need 0.7 gm/day/lb of body weight so you quite possibly don't need any supplements anyway. There is lots of dietary analysis info on the web so you can Google to find the protein content of the stuff in your diet, and likely find that you're already getting plenty of protein. Supplements are, at best, a high priced version of tuna fish and powdered milk (or beans, or meat, or chicken, etc.).
Yeah, but tuna makes a real nasty orange smoothie! ;-)KG 361
Jun 1, 2003 5:28 PM
Thanks for the info on the tuna. The article that I read, albiet a few years ago, linked canned tuna to mercury poisoning. They were testing body builders who ate large amts of canned tuna. Where did you get your info?
Short-term probably won't hurt, but do you NEED it?cory
Jun 2, 2003 7:41 AM
Slamming down more protein than your body can use has exactly the same effect as throwing the money directly into the toilet. Before you start fooling with any dietary supplement, do some research (posting a question here may not qualify) into what your body requires and can make use of. Taking four times what you need won't make your muscles grow four times as fast, and in many cases it can have negative effects.