Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Protein Powders – Who, What, Where, Whey?





Should I have a protein powder? Should I not have protein powder? What is the difference between isolate and concentrate? Do I need to have casein? What about a pea protein? These are questions I get asked on a daily basis so let me break it down and give you the facts on the most common protein powders. 


Whey Protein Concentrate

What is it? 

The material left behind from milk being pushed through a filter, once dried and forms whey protein concentrate. This a fast release protein.

Why would I need it?

  • Help with gaining muscle
  • Help with retaining muscle
  • Weight loss
  • Achieve protein intake
  • Control appetite


When is it best used?

  • Pre – weights based workouts
  • Post – weights based work out


What else can I use it for?

  • Snack
  • Add it to smoothies
  • Use it in cooking/baking


How do I know if it’s a good protein?

  • 100% WPC
  • Grass fed cows on herbicide & pesticide pastures
  • Local (i.e New Zealand)
  • No added sweeteners, preservatives, flavours, cololurings or non-dairy protein filters


Whey Protein Isolate

What is it? 
The material left behind from milk being pushed through a filter, once dried and forms whey protein concentrate. To make whey protein isolate the concentrate is processed and purified to make a higher quality product. This a fast release protein.

Why would I need it?

  • Help with gaining muscle
  • Help with retaining muscle
  • Weight loss
  • Achieve protein intake
  • Control appetite


When is it best used?

  • Pre – weights based workouts
  • Post – weights based work out


What else can I use it for?

  • Snack
  • Add it to smoothies
  • Use it in cooking/baking



How do I know if it’s a good protein?

  • 100% WPI
  • Grass fed cows on herbicide & pesticide pastures
  • Local (i.e New Zealand)
  • No added sweeteners, preservatives, flavours, cololurings or non-dairy protein filters



Casein Protein

What is it?

Casein protein is the slow release protein that is found in 80% of cow’s milk (whey being the other 20%) and contains an abundance of branch chain amino acids. It is the dehydrated form of the solid part of the milk &  is generally in the form calcium caseinate

Why would I need it?

  • Help with gaining mass muscle
  • Help with retaining muscle
  • Avoid your body going into a catabolic state (muscle break down)


When is it best used?

  • At night – 30minutes to 1 hour before bed


What else can I use it for?

  • With whey protein pre-work out
  • In baking
  • In a smoothie


How do I know if it’s a good protein?

  • 100% Calcium Caseinate
  • Grass fed cows on herbicide & pesticide pastures
  • Local (i.e New Zealand)
  • No added sweeteners, preservatives, flavours, cololurings or non-dairy protein filters



Pea Protein

What is it?

Pea protein is a raw,vegan & gluten free form of protein made from extracting the soluble pea protein from yellow split peas.

Why would I need it?

  • Help with gaining muscle
  • Help with retaining muscle
  • Weight loss
  • Achieve protein intake
  • Control appetite


When is it best used?

  • Pre – weights based workouts
  • Post – weights based work out


What else can I use it for?

  • Snack
  • Add it to smoothies
  • Use it in cooking/baking


How do I know if it’s a good protein?

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Free from dairy, gluten, soy and nut
  • Very Fine
  • Over 80% protein bioavailability




Brown Rice Protein

What is it?

Rice bran protein is raw, vegan & gluten free form of protein made from separating the carbohydrate & protein portion of the rice.

Why would I need it?

  • Help with gaining muscle
  • Help with retaining muscle
  • Weight loss
  • Achieve protein intake
  • Control appetite


When is it best used?

  • Pre – weights based workouts
  • Post – weights based work out


What else can I use it for?

  • Snack
  • Add it to smoothies
  • Use it in cooking/baking


How do I know if it’s a good protein?

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Free from dairy, gluten, soy and nut
  • Very Fine
  • Over 80% protein bioavailability





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