# How the hell can i convince someone that supplements ARENT useless?

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1. ### ThothOT Supporter

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my mum went to see a 'nutritionist' today about her own health due to upcoming surgery. however, she mentioned that i was into weightlifting and spend money buying protein powder (ON choc). nutritionist told my mum that 6 teaspoons of skim milk powder gives the same amount of protein as my serving of ON whey. lets break it down.

1 serving ON = 30.4g, of which 24g is protein (straight from the tubs label)

6 teaspoons SMP (approx 3 servings apparently) = 24g protein apparently.

right, lets have a closer look at this. 1 teaspoon is approx. 3 grams (according to my tub of creatine) but grams is a weight measurement, teaspoons being a volume. i would guess that skim milk powder is lighter if not the same weight as my creatine, so working off 3 grams per teaspoon, the actually weight of SMP from that 6 teaspoons is 24 grams.

hold on, does that mean that SMP is 100% protein? because thats what this nutritionalist is apparently saying.

so what if SMP is actually lighter than my creatine, and therefore maybe 2.5g in weight per teaspoon? well, 6x2.5=15 grams, so 15 grams of SMP giving 24 grams of protein is ridiculous.

heres an article i found comparing the protein contents of various milk products:

http://www.cpdmp.cornell.edu/CPDMP/Pages/Publications/Pubs/Milk_Protein_Products.pdf

from this article, page 3 gives a rundown of protein content of different milk and whey products. and i quote:

so skim milk in powdered form is approx. 34-36% protein per gram, whereas the whey im 'wasting my money on' is 80% protein per gram.

so getting back to the original statement from this nutritionist, 6 teaspoons of SMP being 24grams of protein-actually, thats closer too 8.64 grams of protein (36% of 24 grams).

how can someone who calls themselves a nutritionist make completely rubbish claims which defy simple mathematics? not only that, but how can someone see all the math right in front of them and still believe i am wasting my money? skim milk powder is completely useless in relation too protein supplementation. and heres the proof, straight from a powdered milk product i can buy at my local supermarket:

SUNSHINE Milk Powder
by Nestle

Ave Qty Protein per 100mL of reconstituted milk powder made up as directed:

3.4g

and per 250mL serving:

6.9g

2. ### Filmboy44New Member

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how about stop caring what other people think.

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4. ### Uglybob69I miss beer.

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She's wrong. Protein powder is pretty much the cheapest per gram protein source out there.

5. ### Uglybob69I miss beer.

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I almost want to become a nutritionist myself

6. ### GTLifterBanned

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iirc the powdered milk is cheaper

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oh, for sure its cheaper. but it has less protein per gram (36% compared with 80% for WPC) also tastes a damn sight more attrocious.

its not the stats that gets me going. its the fact that someone with a university degree can make baseless claims, which can easily be proved wrong. and that someone with even less knowledge than the first idiot can suddenly be a faithful convert, and ignore all scientific and mathematical proof when presented with the facts.

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when you have to hear constantly how your wasting your money, after a while it starts to piss you off. its not like anyone else here can be bothered to get off their ass and hit the gym, but sure theyll tell me what im doing 'wrong'

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whoa did i catch the troll bait

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You will never be able to change their mind. Just ignore it.

10. ### ThothOT Supporter

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the math is so god damn simple, a primary school kid could figure this shit out

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just let them do what they want

12. ### 4cd-AirRape seemed like the next logical step

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more than you'll ever know

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filmy knows his shit

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Show your mom the evidence and hopefully she'll find a new nutritionist.

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my protein powder is 22g protein a serving and works out to be able 50cents per serving. I can get a gallon of skim milk at samsclub for 2 dollars. 3-8oz glasses of skim milk is 24g protein. there are 16-8oz servings in a gallon of milk and it works out to be a little less than 40cents for 3-8oz servings.
more protein and cheaper.

but... you have to drink a lot more fluid for the protein and take down the extra calories, carbs, etc. with it.

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i tried before, couldnt get a word in edgeways. seriously, fuck nutritionists.

heres another gem i heard tonight. this woman my mum works with, apparently her husband is/was a bodybuilder and personal trainer. rofl apparently he uses skim milk powder and not whey. saving shitloads of money too

skim milk powder isnt even that cheap. last time i saw in the supermarket, it was about 12 dollars for 500 grams. my ON is 2,341 grams. so almost 5 skim milks per ON container. 5x12=60 dollars and my whey cost me 115 dollars. ill pay the extra 55 dollars for my delicious double choc and 80% protein by weight thanks

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How much did your whey cost? I'm paying like 25 dollars for 5 pounds of it

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remember, we are talking about skim milk powder, not skim milk. you mix it with water. compared to normal milk, its shit. i wouldnt dream of saying that milk was useless because i drink a shitload of the stuff.

i mix my whey with real milk half the time, so im getting 10grams+ more protein per shake than the whey alone.

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i pay a fair bit here in australia. the online shops run in australia do give discount, but ive found that with shipping its not THAT much cheaper than buying it from a vitamin store.

20. ### Uglybob69I miss beer.

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Milk @ 2 dollars a gallon = 64G protein/dollar

All the whey protein blend @ 25 dollars per tub = 70.4G protein/dollar

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OMG HE'S A PERSONAL TRAINER WHAT AN IDIOT HAHAHAHAAHAHAH

22. ### Uglybob69I miss beer.

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No NSCA cert no care

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it was more like "my co-workers husband is a personal trainer and he doesnt buy whey therefore you are are wrong"

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