In Types of Whey Protein Part 1 we looked at what the different types of whey protein are. In Part 2 we are going to look at how to choose which whey protein you should buy.
The majority of the whey protein products you will see in store or advertised online will be a whey protein blend made up of mainly Whey Protein Concentrate. These are a great starting point for beginners who are just beginning to exercise, or someone who isn’t exercising yet but wants to try and lose weight with the help of protein shakes. Whey protein blends usually have the lowest price tags and are often on special, so great if you don’t want to spend a lot of money.
Whey protein blends can be used before or after workouts and/or between meals as a snack. Whey protein can help you feel fuller for longer so are a great snack idea for people looking to lose weight and/or fat.
Some people may find they have a hard time digesting whey protein concentrates, this is usually due to the lactose content, and may feel bloated or gassy.
Popular products containing whey protein blends are Clean Nutrition Whey Protein, Optimum Gold Standard 100% Whey, Musclepharm Combat 100% Whey, BSN Syntha 6, Balance 100% Whey.
Another positive to this source of protein is its high glutamine content. Glutamine helps boost the immune system and speed up recovery. This is the preferred source of protein to use at night before bed.
Whey Protein Isolates are one of the fastest absorbing proteins. As discussed in part one, Whey Protein Isolates go through a further processing step which means the product is higher in protein and lower in fat, carbohydrates, and lactose. This also means that they are more expensive than the Whey Protein Blends.
This type of protein is perfect for athletes and bodybuilders who need to watch their carbohydrate and sugar intakes. It is also a great option for people who have trouble digesting Whey Protein Concentrates or Blends (symptoms like bloating and gas etc) as isolates usually have low or zero lactose content.
Because Whey Protein Isolates are fast absorbing and easily digested, they are a great option of pre and post workout shakes. The fast absorption means nutrients are quickly delivered to the muscles to help muscle recovery, repair, and growth.
Whey Protein Isolates include Musclepharm Combat 100% Isolate, Balance WPI Protein, BSN Syntha 6 Isolate, and Horleys Ice Protein.
Whey Hydrolysate Protein
Whey Hydrolysate Protein is the highest quality protein that you will find on the market currently. It is also the most expensive type of whey protein as it requires further processing.
As the protein has been partially broken down by digestive enzymes, it is very quickly absorbed, even quicker than Whey Protein Isolates.
Hydrolysate proteins are very easy to digest and can be used pre or post workout.
Compared to Whey Protein Blends and Whey Protein Isolates, there are not as many Whey Hydrolysate Proteins to choose from. If you want to try a Whey Hydrolysate Protein we suggest Gaspari Precision Protein which uses first of it’s kind Embedded Enzyme Technology, or Optimum Nutrition Platinum Hydro Whey which contains 30g of protein and almost 9g of BCAAs!
Within these categories there are also many differences between products such as the amount of protein, sugar, carbs, or fat per serve as well as whether the manufacturer has used natural or artificial flavours. Some products will have added BCAA’s where as others will have naturally occuring BCAAs and so on.
We recommend starting with a whey protein blend as they generally provide great results for beginners and are good value for money. If the whey protein blend causes digestion problems such as gas or bloating, then it may be time to try a whey protein isolate.
Whatever whey protein type you choose, give it some time to give you results. Protein isn’t a supplement that you will feel or see results from overnight. Give it at least 4-6 weeks then evaluate your results and go from there.