Probably one of the most common known health and fitness supplements, whey protein is found in gyms and nutrition stores around the world. But do you know exactly what whey is? Where it comes from? What it does?
“Whey” and “Casein” are the two types of protein found in milk. Whey is the water-soluble part of milk while casein is the curd that forms in the cheese making process. Besides being used for performance and diet supplementation in athletes, whey is also used as an alternative to milk for those who are lactose-intolerant and used in infant-formulas as a milk replacement due to its low lactose content. It is valued in diet supplementation as it is a complete protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids.
Whey is valued by athletes due to having faster absorption than other proteins. This allows for it to more quickly aid in muscle protein synthesis. And being highly concentrated, it helps anyone with a higher protein diet reach their daily protein goals more easily (typically 20-40 grams of protein per serving!)
There are 3 types of whey protein:
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