Whey better: Whey Protein Powder
Whey is considered the King of Protein supplements and it’s certainly the most popular! Packed full of essential amino acids, with benefits ranging from muscle gain to fat and weight loss, we ask what is whey protein and take a look at why Whey Protein is a favourite of Mr Protein.
What is Whey Protein?
Whey is a component of cow’s milk, which is made up of the following proteins: Beta-lactoglobulin, Alpha-lactalbumin, Bovine serum albumin and Immunoglobins.
It is packed full of essential amino acids and has the highest biological value of all proteins.
What is the biological value?
A protein’s biological value is determined by how much of the protein is used by the muscles. Whey protein powder even beats eggs, meat and other organic products in this score.
What is Whey Protein made of and how’s it made?
In order to make whey protein powder, milk is left to curdle and then strained and filtered to separate it from the casein and other leftover ingredients. Once only the pure Whey remains, the water is removed to turn it into a powder.
What is the difference between Whey Concentrate and Whey Isolate?
Whey Concentrate contains around 80% protein, is dense in calories and is rich in the naturally occurring macro and micro nutrients.
Whey Isolate contains more protein; around 85%-90% and less calories/carbohydrates. The downside is many of the micronutrients are removed when processing.
Is Whey Protein plant or animal based?
It is an animal based protein because it comes from cow’s milk. Even though a lot of the lactose is removed during the purification process, whey protein isn’t suitable for lactose-free or vegan diets.
Are all Whey Protein Powders gluten free?
It’s complicated, but the short answer is no. Naturally occurring Whey does not contain gluten, and there are many gluten-free Whey Protein products on the market. However, for coeliacs and those intolerant/sensitive to gluten, there are plenty to avoid. Many of the whey protein powders have additional ingredients such as oats and wheat protein peptides which should be avoided. Rest assured, all products shown on the Mr Protein site are completely gluten free.
What are the benefits of Whey?
Whey protein is excellent, and almost unrivalled for muscle growth at the same time as promoting fat loss. It is also said to reduce your appetite and even fight off certain types of cancer!