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Whey Protein at Legendary Supplements

Whey Protein at Legendary Supplements

Posted by Ally on 21st Sep 2015


Whey Protein

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:

  • Whey Concentrate – This is the cheapest and easiest to flavor type of whey which makes it the most common in protein shake mixes. It is typically 70-80% protein and can contain some lactose and fat.
  • Whey Isolate – This is whey concentrate that has been further processed to be 90% protein or higher, containing less fat and whey. Although it lacks some of the nutrients of whey concentrate, it is valued for the higher protein content and quicker absorption.
  • Whey Hydrolysate – This is a “pre-digested” whey and thus has the fastest absorption rate. This form causes a higher increase in insulin without spiking blood glucose. The downside to this type is that due to having much less fat and sugar, the flavor is not as palatable.
  • It is typically recommended to take 1-2 scoops (20-50 grams) of whey protein per day to supplement the diet. The majority of people take whey following a workout to quickly aid in muscle repair.

    There are dozens of brands that make whey protein with a variety of flavors. Click here to explore all the options!