Whey is a liquid by-product of cheese manufacture. Removing the water, results in Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) powder. WPC is the most efficient protein for the human body. Research has shown that, of all protein sources, WPC is digested and absorbed better than any other protein.
There are 2 major types of whey protein, whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate. Whey protein concentrate is low in fat, has the highest biological value, and is typically about 75% pure protein by weight.
Whey protein isolate is whey in its purest form. Isolates are processed to remove fat and lactose. Typically whey protein isolate is about 90%+ pure protein by weight. Whey protein isolate (WPI) is the holy grail of protein powders, being the most pure form of whey protein available. Whey protein isolate has the highest amount of pure protein, typically containing around 85% to 98% pure protein. Not only is whey protein isolate the most pure form of protein, but it also has the highest biological value (BV). Biological value is a measure of how fast your body can use a fuel source.
Whey protein supplements generally fall into 3 categories. Whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate and whey protein blends. Whey protein concentrate powders are the cheapest, but have the highest levels of fat and lactose. Whey protein isolate powders have the most amount of protein per serving and literally zero carbs, lactose and fat. These are generally priced higher than concentrate.
And finally, whey protein blends are the most popular of the whey protein powders. As the name suggests, these products combine whey protein isolate and concentrate to make a high quality product (with an awesome amino acid profile), at an affordable cost to the consumer.
Effects whey protein has on performance:
» Increased lean muscle mass
» Decreased recovery time and faster muscle repair
» Reduced post-workout muscle breakdown
» Increased metabolic rate
Whey protein is traditionally used amongst bodybuilders and athletes for it's ability to promote muscle growth. But as new scientific studies are conducted, whey is being used in other applications. Some of these include: weight loss, cancer treatment, infant health, wound healing and the elderly. Practically everyone can benefit in some way from whey protein supplementation. People that need increased protein levels will get the most benefit out of supplementing with whey. These include:
» Bodybuilders & strength trainers
» Endurance athletes
» Those on weight loss programs
» New to strength/weight training
» Team sports players
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