Myth 4 Cooking protein changes its biological value
Thank goodness this one doesn’t have any truth to it. Otherwise, you’d see lifter after lifter downing raw burger patties post-workout. Thankfully, you can cook your protein and still reap all the benefits of it.
You can’t cook the protein out of your meats; a well-done burger has just as much protein as a rare steak. Eating your meat raw will most likely just increase your risk of food poisoning.
More often, this notion comes up in regard to protein powders, which people say become “denatured” through cooking. This doesn’t damage the protein though. Our bodies will still absorb the exact same amount of amino acids from the protein whether cooked or not.
Protein powders can even be baked. I’m always looking for ways to add a little extra protein into my diet, which has led to protein-packed oatmeal, muffins, and even pizza-crust recipes!