Here are answers to 5 of the most common questions we get about whey protein. Understanding your supplements will help you make the best choices for your goals. Perhaps you’ve had these questions before as well!
Q: Is this the best protein for gaining weight?
All proteins are good for gaining muscle. Choosing the right one will depend on your goals. Post workout, a concentrate or blend will work perfectly; containing whey isolate, concentrate and sometimes other protein sources, including egg albumin and/ or colostrum.
Q: How often should I be taking whey protein?
Whey protein is ideal for immediately after a workout. Whey isolate and concentrate are both absorbed quickly in the digestive tract, making them perfect for a recovery protein. Protein intake in general (regardless of supplementation) should be steady and continuous throughout the day. Use the supplement post workout, and between meal or before bed, whenever your intake is low.
Q: Is it okay for women to take?
Absolutely! Protein is a macronutrient essential for all people, men and women. Not only is it “okay”, it is necessary for healthy body function! Whey is a pure form of milk protein, and with the exception of those with dairy allergies, it is recommended for all people. It has no negative effect on hormones or healthy body function.
Q: What is the difference between isolate and concentrate ?
Both of these proteins are derived from the same form of milk. They are very low in lactose, making them options for people who are lactose- intolerant. The main difference is the quality, or purity of the protein.
Isolate is a more refined, yielding a lower fat version. It is more expensive to produce, and the most expensive protein you can buy.
Concentrate is slightly higher in fat, 10 to 15% less “refined” and usually tastes better (due to fat content).
Q: How can I tell if it is a good quality and worth the price?
Check the label and read the reviews!
Look for words like “100% whey protein isolate/ concentrate”
Check the ingredients, compare the prices, and avoid artificial sweeteners. Avoid extra calories from carbs if you are cutting, or look for a recovery blend with some carbs to help with refueling.
Check out the amino acid profile and compare numbers and variation. More variety is better, but you’ll also need plenty of BCAA’s, leucine, Isoleucine, and valine!