Are All Whey Protein Powders Equal?

Whey protein is so popular today as a pre- or post-workout drink, as a meal replacement, as a healthy snack, and as an additive when making smoothies that it can be found in your local grocery store, nearly all health-food stores, and all over the internet.  So the question is, “Are they all the same?”

Whey protein comes in different forms. There are three main types of whey protein: (1) Whey Protein Concentrate, (2) Whey Protein Isolate and (3) Whey Protein Hydrolysate.  The Concentrate is the least expensive and has the lowest protein content.  It has more fat, lactose, and peptides. Whey Isolate is about 95% concentrate and is processed a bit differently. Whey Hydrolysate is 99%, the most expensive, and tastes the worst.

Other things of importance to consider include things such as where the protein is derived.  Is it organic and from grass fed cows or another source such as goats (yes, sometimes it is).  Is it cold-filtered? What does it taste like?  (if it tastes bad, you won’t use it anyway) Is the protein sweetened or flavored with artificial ingredients? If you have read any of my posts, you know I am 100% against artificial sweeteners!

The one protein I prefer when I am working out or want to supplement my diet is produced by a company called BioTrust.  In one of their articles they talk about “Whey Protein’s Dark Side” especially as it relates to dieting.  You can read more about why I have chosen this product and why it makes sense to me here.

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