Which protein powder is better, whey or casein? This is question is asked every day by supplement experts and consumers. Unfortunately, this isn’t a very easy question to answer. There are so many factors to consider about each and your own health and fitness needs and goals.
In this article I will lay out for you the facts and benefits for each protein powder to help you determine which is better for your own needs. This is what matters most since you’re goals are uniquely your own and different from mine or anyone else.
Okay now that you know what the article is about, it’s time get started so you can learn who should win the Whey vs. Casein when it comes to your health and fitness.
First Up – Whey Protein Powder
Making up about 20% of the protein in milk, the whey you get in your supplements is a byproduct of the cheese making process. If you eat yogurt, then you’ve seen whey in its natural state. It’s the liquid sitting on top of the solid yogurt before you mix it with a spoon.
Whey protein powders became popular about 20 years ago when they were introduced to the bodybuilding market as a high quality source of muscle building amino acids that actually tasted pretty good. Prior to this, the protein powders on the market tasted pretty bad, didn’t digest well, and caused more bloating and gas than anything else.
There are three different types of whey protein powder currently available. Below I will describe each along with their benefits and drawbacks. Knowing a little about each will help you see how they’re different from casein protein powders too.
Types Of Whey Protein
There are 3 types of whey protein: concentrate, hydrolysate, and isolate. Here I’ll explain what makes each type different from the other along with which is the best type to use as a protein supplement.
First off is whey protein concentrate. Whey concentrate is the least processed of the three. Its the closest thing you will get to drinking the whey liquid I mentioned earlier in the article. Since it hasn’t been processed too much, it still has lactose, some fat, and the other components that make up whey in every scoop. It’s the least expensive type of whey protein powder and has the least amount of protein per scoop. Whey concentrate has the least protein per scoop (approximately 15 grams). While it’s inexpensive, I think it is the least desirable type to use.
Next up is whey protein isolate. This type of whey protein is processed to remove lactose and fats from the protein. This is great for anyone who is lactose intolerant as it usually makes it possible for them to drink their shakes without a problem.