You are trying to lose weight, you work out and want to bulk up, or perhaps you just eat a diet that is low in protein and you have heard that a whey protein powder would do you some good. So which whey protein powder is best for you? They are all the same, right? Wrong.
There are four main forms of whey protein powder and they are not ALL created equal.
- Whey Protein: This is the least purified and processed. In other words, it is ‘closest to the cow’. And while it is the sweetest form it is also most likely to cause an issue with dairy sensitive individuals since there are a lot of milk sugars present. It also does not contain the concentrations of immunoglobins (health supporting proteins) that other forms have.
- Whey Protein CONCENTRATE: This form is exactly what it sounds like- concentrated whey protein powder. In this form the amounts of protein and immunoglobins are concentrated somewhat, so you end up with more protein per gram over the non-concentrated whey protein. However, if you are dairy-sensitive you have about a 50% chance of reacting to it since there are still milk sugars present in this type of formulation.
- Whey Protein ISOLATE: This is the purest type of whey protein that we have discussed. And dairy-sensitive individuals readily tolerate this form of whey protein since the overwhelming majority of milk sugars have been removed. In a whey protein isolate, it ISOLATES the protein and the immunoglobulin portion- thus you get your best ‘bang for your buck’.
- Whey Protein Hydrolosate: This protein is the most refined of all, however since all of the milk sugars have been removed the taste is quite nasty and generally this form of protein powder is reserved for those with special needs such as in baby formulas.