Simple Guide to Whey Protein
What are some of the benefits of increasing your protein intake?
- You feel fuller, which means you’re less inclined to overeat.
- You stay satisfied for longer, which helps avoid food cravings.
- You enjoy a steady release of energy.
- You have more stable blood sugar levels for better appetite control.
- A high protein intake tends to boost metabolism.
- Protein plays an important role in muscle repair and growth.
- Older adults need to increase their protein intake to prevent the loss of bone density and muscle mass.
So what is Whey Protein?
Whey or Sweet Whey is the fluid that remains of the milk of any animal after making cheese. Whey powder is made by drying fresh whey that has been pasteurized. It contains all the same nutritional profile of fresh whey, except the moisture, in the same proportions. Whey powder is typically 10-15 percent protein and 60-75 percent lactose (milk sugar).
Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) is whey that has been filtered and processed to remove most of the lactose and fat. Instantised Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) is spray dried with an additive named lecithin. This process creates a powder that mixes easily in milk or water when stirred with a spoon.
Instantised WPC is always high in protein with large amounts of branched-chain amino acids, as well as the full spectrum of amino acids (which are all the muscle building blocks you need to build muscle). It’s easily digestible and mixes well with milk or water.
Whey Protein Isolate (WPI), or Lean Shake as we call it, is whey that has been further processed, so that it contains much less fat and much less carbohydrate. The result is a powder that’s very high in protein, around 90 percent. Micro filtration, ultra filtration and ion exchange are different methods of separating the fat and lactose from the protein. WPI is lighter in colour than WPC, bland in taste and dissolves easily. Isolate is the best protein powder to consume straight after your workout because it digests very quickly, and is also recommended if weight loss is you main goal.
If you're keen to try a sample of our Whey Protein Concentrate or Isolate, these are available to buy as sample packs. Alternatively, you can request any sample you like when buying anything from us. Just add what you'd like in the Comments area and we'll send it with your order.