Protein shake in the micro-wave?

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    Jan 31, 2013 10:23 AM GMT
    Hello, I have a silly question.

    I have those chocolate flavour protein powder and I figured out it was tasting better in milk than in water. As it tastes like hot chocolate, I tried to put it in the micro wave to warm it and it was super good.
    But now I wonder, maybe it is bad for the proteins? Does someone know something about it?
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    Jan 31, 2013 10:33 AM GMT
    Based on my limited knowledge of biochemistry, I would say that you're probably doing no harm to the protein. Proteins are chains of amino acids. Heating them might change the structure of the overall protein, but it's not going to change the specific amino acids.

    When the protein hits your stomach, it gets broken down into amino acids, which your body then uses to synthesis muscle.

    Think about a bunch of Lego building blocks, you break them up, and then your body rebuilds the Legos into something new (muscle). The heating that you are doing is just messing with the way the Legos combine, but it's not destroying the individual Lego pieces.

    Also, you can think of the example of eggs. We eat eggs after cooking. The raw egg and cooked egg have protein. The heat changes the protein structure (this is why it turns white instead of semi-translucent), but it doesn't stop the protein from being nutritious.

    So heat away I say! Sounds much tastier then cold chocolate-water. icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 31, 2013 10:44 AM GMT
    Thank you for your reply! I think I will do that again then
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    Jan 31, 2013 6:57 PM GMT
    I use the surplus protein powders (the ones that taste nasty) and bake them in muffins and breads or put them in homemade oatmeal raisin protein bars.
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    Jan 31, 2013 9:57 PM GMT
    This is possible?

    Can I cook it in food?
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    Jan 31, 2013 11:33 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidSo you're having protein rich hot chocolate and you didn't offer any to us?

    It's only bad if you don't share with the rest of the class, m'kay? icon_wink.gif



    I don't share my candies!!
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    Jan 31, 2013 11:36 PM GMT
    If you heat it too much, you'll denature the protein and you'll end up with protein curds. Don't ask me how I know...
  • mz29xy

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    Jan 31, 2013 11:44 PM GMT
    Anything "cooked" in a microwave, to include water is attacked by the immune system in something called leukocytosis because of the molecular alteration. I have one that came over the stove and is just used to store extra dishes.

    Try warming the milk on the stove under 118 degrees to protect the protein powder and for complementary living enzymes (most pasteurized milk doesn't have any living enzymes though).

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    Jan 31, 2013 11:46 PM GMT
    redox87 saidIf you heat it too much, you'll denature the protein and you'll end up with protein curds. Don't ask me how I know...
    Little Miss Muffet
    Sat on a tuffet
    Eating her denatured protein curds and whey...
    Then she got really big muscles and scared the spider away.
  • Kairr

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    Feb 01, 2013 12:28 AM GMT
    ya know you could have easily googled this... :3 just saying
  • calibro

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    Feb 01, 2013 2:02 AM GMT
    one, heat can denature protein.
    two, a microwave isn't the same as baking. a microwave functions by causing the electrons in hydrogen to spin faster. i have no definitive answer, but considering protein is made up of hydrogen, i wouldn't be surprised if it denatures it too.
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    Feb 01, 2013 3:48 AM GMT
    mz29xy saidAnything "cooked" in a microwave, to include water is attacked by the immune system in something called leukocytosis because of the molecular alteration. I have one that came over the stove and is just used to store extra dishes.

    Try warming the milk on the stove under 118 degrees to protect the protein powder and for complementary living enzymes (most pasteurized milk doesn't have any living enzymes though).



    This is interesting. Where can I read more about food being attacked due to microwaving? I microwave everything!icon_cry.gif
  • mz29xy

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    Feb 05, 2013 4:27 AM GMT
    I have a few scientific articles that go into a lot of detail, but Dr. Mercola is a great source for anything nutrition related.

    Here is a link to an article he posted about microwave hazards:

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/05/18/microwave-hazards.aspx