Whey Protein is a mixture of Globular-Protein or Sphero-Protein particles extracted by isolating Whey, the liquid material produced as a byproduct of cheese manufacturing. Whey Protein is commonly used as a dietary supplement to fulfil the dietary requirements of a body.
Whey Protein is one of the Two Proteins found in milk. The other part is known as Casein. Whey Protein is the water soluble part, whereas Casein is the insoluble one.
Whey is very efficient in hitting the targeted daily protein goals as it is absorbed faster than any other form of protein, therefore increasing the muscle protein synthesis. Whey is rich in amino acids L-Cysteine, which helps fulfilling the deficiencies occurring during aging and diabetes.
It is water soluble, hence it does not harm Liver of Kidney, but can affect any pre-existing condition adversely. Doctor’s advice is mandatory if people with Liver and Kidney problems want to increase their Protein intake.
It is also a well-known muscle builder. Whey is a rich source of Protein which helps in fat loss too. This is due to the fact that, in order to digest Protein the body requires energy which is produced by burning fat stored in body, as a result helping in fat loss.
Whey Protein is chemically not very active, yet is provides energy through caloric consumption and insulin spike due to the presence of Amino acids.
Unflavoured Whey is tend to be bitter in taste, as a result they are often flavoured to improve their taste.
Recommended intake of Whey Protein should be according to the activity level of a person. For example :
|An Athlete with highly active routine wants to lose body fat while preserving Lean Muscle Mass, should intake 1.5-2.25 grams of Whey per Kilograms of his Body Weight daily.|
|An Athlete with highly active routine wants to lose body fat while preserving Lean Mass, should intake 1-1.5 grams of Whey per Kilogram of Body Weight daily.|
|A person with a desk-bound and a physically inactive routine wants to stay healthy, should intake 0.8 grams of whey per Kilogram of Body Weight daily.|
Whey Proteins are of Two types :
Whey Protein Concentrate is a class of Whey Protein that contains around 80% of protein and certain amount of carbohydrates and fats. It is very essential in order to keep a healthy body. As compared to it’s counterpart Whey Protein Isolate, it doesn’t go through many refining processes, thus acts as an Immune-booster due to presence of elements like Lactoglobulins and Lactoferrin, which do not get washed away. As compared to Isolate, Concentrated Whey is about 20-30% cheaper. It is effective in building muscle mass.
Whey Protein Isolate contains around 90% of protein and an almost negligible amount of carbohydrates and fats. This class of protein is extensively refined to increase the protein content, which is made possible after several ion-exchange and micro-filtration processes. No wonder why it’s costlier than it’s counterpart. Due to it’s high Protein content it is very effective in building lean muscle mass and is preferred widely by professional bodybuilders preparing for their upcoming events.
Another advantage of Isolate over Concentrate is that it is best suited for individuals who are Lactose Intolerant and often have gas and bloating issues.