Protein Powder - which one to choose?

It’s important to realise that not all protein is created equal; there are different types of protein and different levels of quality.

Protein products fall into three categories: Isolate, hydrolysate and concentrate. Isolate is a high level protein low on allergenic, good option for lactose intolerant. Hydrolysate is pre-digested so is absorbed into the body and muscles at a super-fast rate. Concentrate the most common and popular, the effects of protein are offset by significant cholesterol and fat levels.

Vegetarian options such as Pea are naturally low in fat and cholesterol, gluten free and appropriate for lactose intolerant. While pea protein is affordable and has similar levels of protein to whey, it is deficient in one amino acid and does not mean it is perfect for everyone.

Soy protein contains all amino acids and performs comparably to whey protein in terms of stimulating muscle growth however downside is the isoflavones can interact with hormones like oestrogen and could reduce testosterone levels in men.

Hemp is known as a superfood due to its high content of omega 3 and 6. Down side, it has a high calorie count which wouldn’t be a good choice if you were looking at weight loss and one of the more expensive options.

Brown rice is almost on a par with whey however tends to be low in certain amino acids. It is gluten free so a good choice for those with gluten allergies.

Vegan protein powder blends nutritionally stand up to against animal based products without having to worry about amino acid deficiencies. Plant based blends can be a bit more expensive than whey powders and then it is down to a matter of taste and agreeability.

Also when choosing protein powder look on the back of tub and read ingredients, you want to avoid any unnecessary ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, E numbers, MSG and trans-fat.

Finally, Protein Shake products are intended to help with different objectives so this is important to bear in mind when selecting them. So if you are working towards weight loss, pick a powder that is for that purpose the same with meal replacement or building muscle.

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