Did you know that there are many different types of protein available in the market? One protein tub may look similar to another but once you read its nutrition facts, the difference will shock you. So what are the different types of protein? There are mainly four different types of protein readily available in the market: Protein Isolate, Whey Protein, Casein and Protein Blend. In this article, we will be going through each type of protein and provide you with the breakdown and most importantly who should consume what type of protein.
Before that! Let us delve into the process of how protein powders are made.
- Fresh cow’s milk is obtained.
- Enzymes are used to curdle the milk to separate solid curds and liquid whey
- Curds are used to make cheese
- The liquid whey is pasteurized to kill bacteria. It is then dried out to make whey protein.
Whey Protein is perfect for muscle growth, recovery and weight loss. Protein shakes are the most effective, cost-effective & convenient way to boost protein intake. It is a known fact that protein is key in muscle building. With readily available protein in your body, muscle protein synthesis can perform at its optimum level.
Excellent for those looking to maintain and/or grow muscles.
Whey Protein Isolate is the purest, fastest-digesting form of protein as the whey protein is further filtered down, reducing the fat and lactose content. This results to a Low to no sugars or carbs, high protein count product. Perfect for muscle growth and weight loss.
Most Isolate formulas have lower calories per serving, and lower fats, carbohydrates & sugar which is good for those who are on diet or competing as those few grams lesser may give you better results in your physique.
Excellent for those looking to lose weight and those who are lactose intolerant.
Casein takes longer to digest, also known as sustain release. This is due to the fact that casein 'clots' the stomach during digestion. This is at the expense of higher calories. The amino acids found in caseins reach the bloodstream slowly and more consistently. Casein has also been found to reduce muscle loss (catabolism) while sleeping & speed up recovery overnight if taken before sleep. This is critical because it helps to maintain the positive muscle protein turnover required for muscular growth.
Excellent for those looking to reduce muscle breakdown and increase muscle growth and recovery overnight.
Protein blends contain several protein sources that digest at different speeds, providing a sustained supply of protein for hours. It is important for you to know what your fitness goals are so that you are able to pinpoint which blend of proteins is most effective for you. Whey for the high leucine content and quick digestion, casein for the extended effect of muscle protein synthesis, and soy for the added glutamine and arginine may make up the ideal blend.
Excellent for endurance athletes and those looking to lose weight (sustain-release proteins) and/or for those looking for quick absorption.
We have gone through the types of protein commonly found in the market but if you are still unsure, come on down to our store [694 Geylang Rd, #01-01 S(389614)] and we will provide you with a personalised consultation. Or you can call us at 67440600 for any further queries.