Bounce Back to School: What is Protein? By Nutritionist Vanessa Clarkson
You might be wondering if ‘high quality protein’ is just another buzz word dreamt up by some trendy marketer somewhere, but does it really mean anything? I’m here to give you the facts straight up.
So here comes the science bit…despite the name, protein is not actually a single nutrient rather it’s a collective term. Protein is made up of 21 amino acids that can be joined together in almost infinitesimal configurations. It’s essential that we get 10 of these 21 amino acids from our diet, as we cannot make them ourselves; five we can make and the remainder are conditionally essential, which means we need them from our diet under certain circumstances.
When a protein is described as high quality what it really means is that it’s easily digested and contains most if not all of the essential amino acids that are fundamental to good health. The whey protein used in Bounce Balls would be one example of a high quality protein, animal-based proteins such as meat, fish and eggs, would be others.
Whey protein is left over from the milk used to make cheese. It’s rapidly digested and absorbed, meaning the amino acids in it are quickly made available for the body to use. All Bounce Balls except the vegan Spirulina and Ginseng and Cashew Pecan Vitality Lift balls, have added whey protein, providing between 9 to 14g of protein each.
Take a look at our leaderboard to see how the Balls fare in the protein stakes:
|Rank||Bounce Ball||Protein Content Per Ball||% Daily Intake*|
|1st||Peanut Protein Blast||14 g||28 %|
|2nd||Almond Protein Hit||12 g||24 %|
|3rd||Cacao Mint Protein Bomb||10 g||20 %|
|4th||Apple & Cinnamon Protein Punch||9 g||18 %|
|–||Cacao Orange Protein Burst||9 g||18 %|
|–||Coconut Lemon Protein Crush||9 g||18 %|
|–||Coconut & Macadamia Protein Bliss||9 g||18 %|
|5th||Spirulina & Ginseng Nutrition Boost||5 g||10 %|
|6th||Cashew & Pecan Vitality Lift||4 g||8 %|
* Adult Daily intake of 50g as defined by the European Food Safety Authority