Whey Protein powders are all the rage these days. There are so many types on the market, how do you know which type is right for you? Let’s break down the differences, to help you decide.
Each type of Whey protein powder can help you build muscle and lose fat and weight. They are also known to increase your athletic abilities and improve overall health. These powders also contain ingredients that help with recovery after tough workouts, and can boost your immune system.
Powders are convenient and easy to use, and also contain less calories and carbohydrates and fats than whole foods. It is a great way to make sure you are getting enough protein in your diet. You can quickly add a packet of protein powder to a fruit smoothie, or a bottle of water.
Whey Protein Concentrate is most similar to consuming whole foods. It contains egg albumen, which is well tolerated by most people, and helps hormone production as well as the muscle building process. It is processed in a manner that removes such things as most lactose and fats, and is known to be easily and quickly digested. Concentrate has between 60-80% proteins depending on what brand you buy. Whey Concentrate is a bit less expensive than Whey Protein Isolate because of how it is processed and how much protein is retained.
Whey Protein Isolate is processed in a manner that keeps about 90-95% of the protein. It is processed through an ionization process technique. Isolate as compared to Concentrate, has approximately 95% as compared to 80% protein. Whey Protein Isolate has no carbohydrates, fat, or lactose. This is a good choice if you are on a low-carbohydrate diet and/or are lactose intolerant.
Whey Protein Hydrolysate (hydrolyzed protein) contains broken down proteins, so your body can absorb the protein more quickly. It is less expensive than Protein Concentrates and Isolates.
Still confused? Here’s a quick synopsis:
Whey Protein Isolates have higher protein amounts; have no lactose, low or no carbohydrates and fats. They are a bit more expensive than other types.
Whey Protein Concentrates are more easily mixed into liquids and digested easily. Most lactose and fats are removed, and it is most like whole foods.
Hydrolysates (hydrolyzed) Protein Powders are even more quickly absorbed than Isolates and Concentrates. If quick recovery is your goal, this may be the one for you.