Whey is found in the watery portion of milk. When cheese is produced, the fatty parts of the milk coagulates and the whey is separated from it as a byproduct. It goes through a number of processes to turn into whey protein powder that we consume in protein shakes, bars and food replacements.
Whey protein is a good source of the amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine. Together these amino acids make up the BCAAs (branched chain amino acids) that are important in building muscle. There are nine essential amino acids that humans must get from food to survive and thrive. In addition to BCAAs, whey protein also contains all the essential amino acids.
Whey protein supplementation along with resistance exercise can help improve muscle protein synthesis and promote the growth of lean tissue mass.
There are three primary types of whey protein:-
1) Whey protein concentrate – It contains low levels of fat and low levels of carbohydrates. The percentage of protein in WPC depends on how concentrated it is. Lower end concentrates tend to have 30 percent protein and higher end up to 90 percent
2) Whey protein isolates – It is further processed to remove all the fat and lactose. WPI is usually at least 90 percent protein.
3) Whey protein hydrolysate – WPH is considered to be the “predigested” form of whey protein as it has already undergone partial hydrolysis – a process necessary for the body to absorb protein. WPH doesn’t require as much digestion as the other two forms of whey protein.
Optimum Nutrition (ON) Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein Powder:-
1) Contains 24 grams of whey protein per serving.
3) Has whey protein micro-fractions from whey protein isolate and ultrafiltered whey protein concentrate.
4) Mixes with water easily and effectively. Instantized to mix easily using just a glass & spoon.
5) Optimum Nutrition is the world’s most trusted sports nutrition brand.
6) There are a number of flavours to choose from.
7) If you are Lactose Intolerant (Allergic to milk) please refrain from Whey Protein. Rather go for soy, egg or plant-based protein supplements.
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Fake Protein Powder – Test:-
1) Solubility – You won’t be able to mix fake protein powder in water with a spoon. There would be residue left at the bottom which would not dissolve.
2) Texture – If you’ve ever seen a protein supplement before this point, you know the powder has a constant texture. This might not be the case with fake supplements.
3) Packaging – See the product authentication tips here.