I know that eating real food (protein) is supposed to be much better than drinking down a protein shake, but how much better/different are the effects. Real food takes longer to digest, which I guess can be better/worse depending on how fast you want it to reach your system (after a workout you probably want faster absorbtion). Also, with shakes you can mix carbs into it making for a quick increase in blood sugar and insulin rush that can halt some of the catabolic processes after an intense workout. I guess I'm wondering what the max amount of protein/meals can be shakes without it being detrimental to growth. What would happen if almost all of your protein came in the form of shakes? Has anyone experimented to see if there truly is a difference?