What is the Best Protein Powder?
Almost everyone who works out dabbles with protein powder from time to time. There are so many brands, so many different types, and so many that promise amazing results. So the question remains: What is the best protein powder?
The answer is going to be very specific based on your goals, needs and income. Before I begin this breakdown, I want to stress two points.
The first being that protein powder is a supplement. It is used to supplement what you are already consuming. It is not some kind of magic potion that will get you jacked, ripped and lean.
The second point is that no one needs protein powder. If your diet is well balanced and you are consuming enough protein you never need to purchase protein powder. Protein powder should be used to add additional protein to your diet or for a quick protein fix when it is inconvenient to consume a meal.
With that said let’s break down the different forms of protein.
Whey protein is the most common protein powder. Whey is a byproduct of the production of cheese. Before cheese manufacturers began manufacturing protein powder, they used to trash all the extra whey that was left over. Sounds crazy right! All of those gains down the drain.
There are multiple different forms of whey protein.
Concentrate: Whey concentrate is the cheapest and rawest form of whey. This type of protein contains the most fat, cholesterol, carbohydrates and calories. It has less protein by percentage compared to it’s counter parts. Also, because it is higher in fats and cholesterol, some people have a difficult time digesting this form of protein powder.
Isolate: Whey protein isolate is a more refined version of concentrate. To be consider an isolate, the product has to be 90% protein. To reach this benchmark manufacturers strip the product of some of the fat, carbohydrates, and cholesterol to increase the percentage of protein within the product. This form of protein is usually a bit more expensive and has been show to absorb a bit faster than whey concentrate.
Hydrolyzed: Hydrolyzed protein is a form of whey protein powder that is broken down even more so than isolate. The proteins are broken down into their basic amino acid form for super fast absorption. This protein is also a bit easier on the digestive system because the proteins are already broken down. This is the most expensive type of whey protein you can purchase.
Soy protein is protein derived from soy beans. Soy has been linked to having positive cardiovascular benefits and it has a great amino acid profile. This will be the protein source of choice for most vegans.
Casein is a milk protein. This protein is broken down a bit slower than the rest of the protein powders. Bodybuilders often use this type of protein before bed to keep a constant feed of amino acids going over night. Since it digests slower, casein is also a great choice between meals because you will stay fuller longer.
Now that you are informed you can make a decision on which protein is best for you. Check out this complementary video I made on this very topic. The video touches on a few things not mentioned in the article and also discusses hybrid, or blended protein powders.
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