• What Type of Protein Powder is Best For You?

If I had a dollar every time I walked into my local GNC store and saw a promotion for the latest groundbreaking protein supplement ... I’d actually be able to afford to shop there.

With so many different types available, how do we know what’s right for us?

Read on and I’ll tell you.

Whey Protein Isolate (WPI)

With a protein content of 90% (or higher), isolates are a high-protein, low-fat, low-carb and quick-absorbing source of protein - making it ideal for dieting and consuming post-workout.

Its low levels of lactose also suit those with digestive issues.

Whey protein isolate is often processed via ion exchange – a method using hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide to separate the protein.

A 30g serving of isolate has 28.3g of protein with 0.3g of both carbohydrates and fats.

Whey Protein Concentrates (WPC)

The most basic of whey proteins, concentrates provide a good alternative for those on a budget and can be found for 80% of the price of isolates.

Coincidently, concentrates generally contain 80% protein.

Whey protein concentrated can be processed via ultrafiltration and microfiltration, which helps separate protein from fat and lactose.

Those who are lactose intolerant may have trouble consuming large amounts of concentrate.

A 30g serving of concentrate has 24.2g of protein, 2.6g of carbohydrates and 1.8g of fat.

Whey Protein Hydrolysate (WPH)

Produced when whey is taken through an extra step – hydrolysis.

Hydrolysis breaks some of the amino-acid bonds in the protein chain, allowing them to be digested and absorbed a lot quicker, making it perfect for consumption during and post-workout.

Unfortunately due to the extra processing WPH comes with a bitter taste (both in your mouth and wallet). Unless you’re a professional athlete, it’s best to go with another option.

A 30g serving of hydrolysate has 24g of protein, 1.2g of carbohydrates and 1.9g of fat.

Micellar Casein (MC)

Micellar Casein is a dairy protein, which makes up about 80% of the protein we consume in milk. It’s made when the casein portion of milk is separated from the lactose, whey and fat (by microfiltration).

Casein is an extremely slow digesting protein, making it perfect to take before bed as it will continue feeding your muscles while you sleep.

A 30g serving of casein has 23g of protein, 1.5g of carbohydrates and 0.5g of fat.

There isn’t one single type that’s best for you – it depends on your needs, but concentrate presents itself as a good all-round protein powder due to its relatively high level of protein and low cost ... assuming you don’t have any issues with digestion.

If you do, try an isolate.

Boring disclaimer warning

This article was written by a Muscle Mayhem staff member. The information on this site is provided in good faith. Consult with your doctor before starting any exercise program. All opinions expressed on this site are our own. Always seek professional advice before engaging in any physical activity or diet.