With the amount of marketing in the supplement industry it is often easy to get confused when making a purchase. This is especially try when it comes to buying a protein powder!
With so many different types of protein all with individual benefits, what is going to work best for you? The Spartans Team is Whey'ing in on protein powders with some of the popular types of protein on the market to give you the inside scoop.
An Isolate protein is a very popular protein choice. What makes an Isolate so popular is its high protein content and fast absorbing nature, with typically ranges from 85-95% protein per serve and absorption within the first 60mins post ingestion. Aside from this high percentage of protein, Isolates are considered to be a higher quality of protein. Containing very minimal fats, carbohydrates & lactose per serve.
This makes a WPI a great option when you are restricting your caloric intake on a diet. As you can rest assured that you are getting in just protein with minimal additional calories.
Some great options for WPI's are UPS ISO85+ & Cyborg Sports WPI.
Hydrolyzed Whey Protein:
Hydrolyzed Whey Proteins have been on the market for quite a while now, and offer some unique benefits. The main reason for purchasing a Hydrolyzed protein is for its super-fast absorption.
Basically, whey protein is put through a process called enzymatic hydrolysis. Which essentially breaks down the protein into smaller chains, allowing for rapid uptake by the muscles.
A great option for a Hydrolyzed Whey Protein is APTech Hydro-Pep.
Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC):
Whey concentrate is the cost effective protein of choice. Comprising of anywhere from 50-75% protein per serve, with some added carbohydrates, fats & lactose. Concentrate is an ideal protein source for everyday use such as making smoothies or using in cooking.
A blended protein is just that, a blend. Quite often these are a blend on just two protein types (WPI & WPC). However some blends incorporate some sustained release proteins as well.
Blended proteins are the personal choice of the Spartansuppz team, as they are a reliable, diverse, everyday protein choice. Comprised of roughly 65-80% protein per serve these are a great option for post training, smoothies or baking.
Some great blended protein options are MTS Machine Whey & O.N Gold Standard.
If you have been actively searching for protein powders, chances are you have come across the phrase 'casein'. Casein proteins are still a milk derived protein, which come specifically from milk curd.
Caseins are popular due to there substantially slower rate of digestion compared to their whey based counterparts. Relative to 5 hours compared to 90 minutes.
Some great casein supplements are Max's Nite Time & O.N Casein.
Beef Protein supplementation has grown significantly over the last few years. Particularly due to Kai Green & MuscleMeds. So what exactly separates a beef protein from a whey protein you ask? Beef protein contains significantly more amino acids per serve, as well as 20x the amount of creatine!
Beef Protein is a great whey alternative for those looking to change up their protein source. We recommend this highly over other non-dairy options.
A great choice for a beef protein is MuscleMeds Carnivor Isolate
Egg Albumen may not be as popular as its whey based counterparts, but it is just as beneficial. As you may have guessed, this is a egg derived protein source, more specifically egg white.
Albumen is has a great amino acid complex, making it a complete protein source, and has a medium digestion rate making it a very sustainable meal replacement or mid meal snack.
Soy based proteins are often the first choice for many who are either have an intolerance to dairy protein, or who have ethical reasons for not consuming dairy.
Soy based proteins have a bioavailablity of around 80% meaning that they aren't quite as well digested as whey or egg based proteins. However they can make a great substitute.
A great Soy based protein is O.N Soy Isolate.
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