Which Whey Protein Powder Is The Way To Go?

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An Overview Of Whey Protein Powder

Which Whey Protein Powder Is The Way To Go?

Many of my clients ask me what the best protein powders are. Well, it’s not as easy as, “This is good for you and this is bad for you”. It depends on your unique biochemistry, goals, and the quality of the protein. I would like to explain the differences in whey protein powder and provide my favorite brands based on research.

Whey Protein describes a group of milk proteins that are isolated from whey, which is the leftover product of milk after it is coagulated during the cheese-making process. Whey protein is a dairy source that is usually derived from cows. If you are lactose intolerant or sensitive to dairy your choice for protein powder should not be whey.

Common symptoms of a food sensitivity are bloating, cramping, gas, loose stools, aches, and headaches. If you are experiencing these symptoms I invite you to consider testing for food sensitivities.

*If you do have a reaction to dairy, then please read my next blog post about plant based protein powders. Now, if you are okay with whey protein powder, it can be a great way to go (pun intended). It can be particularly food for body-builders and athletes.

Benefits of whey protein powder

  • Contains immune-boosting immunoglobulins
  • Assists in preserving lean body tissue via amino acids and cysteine
  • Is a powerful muscle builder from Leucine (a BCAA )
  • Is a precursor for the powerful antioxidant Glutathione. Antioxidants help fight free-radicals.
  • Increases fat burning from Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), an omega-6 fatty acid

Types of whey protein

  • Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) – Usually 80% protein and the rest is lactose, fat, minerals, and moisture.
  • Whey Protein Isolate (WPI) – Contains between 90-95% protein, and the rest is primarily lactose and fat.
  • Hydrolyzed Whey Protein – The long protein chains in the whey protein have been broken down into shorter peptides chains.
  • Undenatured – This protein has the same structure and proportion as in the original substance with full biological activity.

Quality of whey protein

The quality of the protein powder is of utmost importance. A poor-quality protein will not break down easily and tax your liver and metabolism. A high-quality pure protein powder will fuel your body and assist in building muscle.

I recommend choosing a natural high quality undenatured from pasture-raised grass-fed cows (an excellent source of omega-3’s), that is rBGH-free (hormone-free).


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