There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different Whey Protein powders and supplements on the market today. Many people think that the only differences are in the added ingredients such as sugars, flavourings, vitamins, minerals and other blended together supplements.
But there are also different types of Whey Protein which have different effects on the body, which need to be taken into consideration when selecting the right Whey Protein for your needs. This article will show you some of the different types of Whey Proteins used, plus the pros and cons of each and what I consider to be the king of them all.
Whey Protein Concentrate
The most common one used in supplement powders is Whey Protein Concentrate.
This concentrated supplement is the cheapest of them all and is also the most popular on the market today. Let us weigh up some of the pros and cons.
• It is the cheapest on the market and easy to buy.
• Most people find it really hard to digest and end up feeling bloated and having really bad gas.
• Bottle shakers used to mix this protein will start to smell bad if not washed adequately.
The next form of Whey Protein that’s on the market is known as Casein.
Casein is different from Whey Concentrate as it is a slow releasing form of protein and is more suited to be taken before bed instead of after a workout.
• Can be used during the day to help people feel full and curve hunger cravings.
• It is not as good to take for post workouts as it doesn’t absorb fast enough to get to the body in time for repair.
Whey Protein Isolates
This is one of the quickest absorbing on the market.
• It is a better option than the Whey Concentrate for post workout recovery as it absorbs faster and can also be used as a pre-workout too.
• More expensive than Casein and Concentrates plus it is harder to find in stores.
Whey Protein Hydrolysate
This is what I consider to be the king of all of them. I recommend that you get a supplement that uses a Hydrolysate form as the base ingredient. Here are the pros and cons so you can see why I label this one as the king.
• Highest quality available.
• Highest absorption rate of all that’s available.
• Much better on the digestive system compared to other forms such as Concentrates.
• Can be used both pre and post workout.
• Most expensive source of protein you will find.
• Comes with a really bitter taste.
These are the four most common Whey Proteins on the market. Depending on what your goals are will depend on which one you choose to supplement with. I always choose a Whey Protein Hydrolysate as it doesn’t give me gas nor leaves me feeling bloated and I can use it before and after workouts for performance and recovery.
I always recommend that you do your own diligent research first before buying any supplement.