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Whey Protein: Isolate, Concentrate or Hydrolysed?

Friday, June 14th, 2013

I often get asked about the key differences between using whey isolate or whey concentrate, or is there something even better? So I thought a short article on the subject may be useful to you guys out there.  So here it is:-

 

Whey Concentrate

Whey concentrate is one of the most basic forms of protein, and tends to be a cheaper method of supplementing protein into your diet.  It can be used both pre and post workout, as well as to supplement protein intake throughout the day.  Due to the lower cost of whey concentrate it tends to work out cheaper per serving.  However some people tend to have more of a difficult time digesting the stuff and can end up feeling bloated and gassy.

Whey concentrate tends to be anywhere between 34-80% protein (even if the label says 100% whey protein), so make sure you have a good read of that nutritional information on the back of the packet and make sure that percentage figure is talking about the contents not just the source of the protein used.

Whey Isolate

Whey isolate tends to be purer, as such also a little more expensive.  As the molecules tend to be a little bit smaller these products tend to mix a little better.  With very low levels of fat and lactose they also tend to be good for those who are watching fat intake, also for those who are lactose sensitive.  They also tend to be absorbed very quickly making them perfect for pre and post workout.  Whey Protein Isolate contains 87% to 95% protein.

 

Hydrolysed Whey

This is protein that has been  hydrolyzed, producing small chains of amino acids called peptides. Several studies have shown that protein hydrolysates containing mostly dipeptides and tripeptides.  These are absorbed very rapidly than free amino acids.  These whey hydrolystate’s tend to be the most expensive but due to the fast absorption rates  and the growing evidence that they have a greater anabolic effect, they really are the best of the best.

Please feel free to comment, and ask questions below!

 

 

 

 

Review: Multipower Professional Whey Isolate

Friday, June 7th, 2013

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A few weeks ago the guys at Mutipower Professional sent me a tub of their chocolate flavoured whey isolate, so over the last few weeks I have been using it to see how it stacked up against other proteins I have used in the past.

But before I start looking at this particular product I thought it might be useful to have a quick look at the theory behind the use of whey protein for increased performance, speedy recovery and to aid hypertrophy.

Whey protein is derived from milk and is a commonly used to increase protein intake.  Whey due to its high concentration of essential amino acids and it’s easy absorption by the body makes it useful as an aid to reduce muscle breakdown post exercise and encourage muscle growth.  It is recommended that strength athletes take on board 1.4 to 1.8g of protein per kg of body weight, whey supplementation can be used to make sure that individuals meet their desired protein levels and keep intake regular when eating full meals is not available.

The fact that this product is an isolate over a concentrate means that the body will be able to absorb the protein much more rapidly and therefore much-needed amino acids will make it to the muscles faster (aiding recovery  post workout.  Look out for my article next week identifying the key differences between concentrate and isolate.

The Multipower Professional brand is one that I had not previously used, but after trying this product I will be looking in more Multipower Professional range.

I used the whey isolate powder over the course of a week, to see what I thought of it.  I found the protein itself was a really good product, it was packaged well in a super bright bottle (easier to find in the gym bag).  The powder stood up to my pet hate test and mixed really well with both water and milk.  The powder was a tick mix (just as I like it) and also and probably most importantly tasted great!  I am not normally a chocolate fan, but the Multipower Whey Isolate was good, not to choclatey…. if that makes any sense at all!

I would strongly recommend the Multipower whey isolate, so have a good look at their site and see what jumps out at you.

As usual any questions please do ask away in the comments box below.

TOM

Review: Pro-10 Whey Protein

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Hi All,

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A few weeks ago the guys at Pro-10 sports nutrition sent me a load of samples of their different flavours of whey protein. Over the last few weeks I have been trying them out to see how they stack up to other brands of whey that I have used in the past.

But before I start looking at this particular product I thought it might be useful to have a brief, and I mean brief look at the theory behind the use of whey protein for improved performance, recovery and to aid increased lean mass.

Whey protein is derived from milk and is a commonly used to increase protein intake.  Whey due to its high concentration of essential amino acids and it’s easy absorption by the body makes it useful as an aid to reduce muscle breakdown post exercise and encourage muscle growth.  It is recommended that strength athletes take on board 1.4 to 1.8g of protein per kg of body weight, whey supplementation can be used to make sure that individuals meet their desired protein levels and keep intake regular when eating full meals is not available.

Pro-10 is a brand that previously I had not heard much about and had not tried one of their shakes… but after trying the whey I will definitely be exploring using some more of their products in the near future!

I used the Pro-10 whey protein over the course of a week, to see what I thought of it.  The protein itself was a really good product, I found the protein itself to mix well with both water and milk.  One of my pet hates are those powders that you need to shake for what seem like hours or even worse is lumpy.  I am very happy to report that the pro-10 whey protein was neither of these and best of all it tasted good!

Looking at the Pro-10 site it looks awesome and has a massive range of supplements at a reasonable price, but the ke point is that the supplements are quality and as we all know it can often be worth those few extra pennies to get a supplement that does what it says on the tin.

If you want to know a little more about whey and other protein blends look out for the up coming series of articles.

As usual any questions please do ask away in the comments box below.

TOM