For a long time, the health industry has come to know whey protein as an essential superfood and a useful companion to any active gym-goer. Whether it be for the person who wants to pack on some serious muscle in the gym, or somebody looking to tone up their body, or, and perhaps more importantly whether it just be for the fact that its a convenient fast hit of protein essential for recovery after a hard work out.
While it is all that and much more, to someone who isn’t so familiar about protein powder, many may wonder why is there so many? Why does this little category of health supplements seem like a foreign language? Whey is one of the most experimental dietary supplements in the world. We don’t just have whey protein, we have different types of whey. So what’s different about these types of whey? And why does it matter which one you get? Well, whey, unlike most other foods isn’t classified by flavour, colour or style, whey is categorised by blend.
One of the most important thing to understand about whey is that there is much involved in its production, which is why when it comes to a smart customer, the sale isn’t necessarily made as much as it is on the front of the tub, but by reading the nutritional table on the back. Yeah, when it come to whey, there are levels to this game.
Typically, when looking at purchasing a whey protein you are hit with two to three choices of blends while also a choice to by a complex blend consisting of the two of the blends forementioned in the one shake. I dig deep into why people use two or more blends in the one shake in a separate article. Learn more about complex blends here. Moving on from complex blends there are two common blending types and one which is quite as necessary. But for that, here’s my entry on hydrolysed whey protein.
When we talk about the two commonly bought blends by consumers, we are left with one blend called a concentrate, and another blend called an isolate. You’re probably wondering what’s the difference and what exactly does it matter which one consume for the best results. When it comes to exactly that, results, there a few key reasons why a concentrate gets crushed every time.
When matching Whey Protein Concentrate with Whey Protein Isolate we have to understand the processing methods between the two. Essentially a concentrate is for lack of a better term “the cheaper method”. It involves passing the whey between a small filter and not quite going that extra level to filter out the typical contents you’d find. Concentrates typically contain around 5% lactose and have a protein yield of 70-80% which means that 70-80% of the blend’s make up is protein.
Now what takes an isolate to that extra level when it comes to protein supplements. Well, an isolate is ultrafiltered which cleans the blend of everything, leaving a finished product with almost zero fats and carbs in its contents, whilst also containing almost zero lactose. Essentially an isolate is the next process in protein purification. A good isolate blend will hold an upwards of 90% yield, anything boasting anything less is something you should be concerned about. In Part 2, I cover the many benefits of using an isolate an and why this blend is much more essential for any athlete.