When going to buy whey protein you need to first determine why you are purchasing whey protein. Is it primarily for diet, fitness, health benefits, or something else entirely? Are you primarily concerned with the flavor of the whey protein you are buying, or are sugar, fat and carb content of extreme importance to you. Determining the answer to each of these is a big first step in finding what product is going to fit you and your lifestyle the best.
As noted in a previous post, there are 3 types of whey protein: isolate, concentrate and hydrolysate. Isolate and hydrolysate are the most pure; that is containing the most protein by weight and the least fat, however they also cost the most and generally the worst
tasting, unless they contain sweetener and other addititves. Concentrate is the cheapest, however contains the highest amount of fat and carbohydrates. Many of the products offered on the market today are blends, a combination of isolate and concentrate generally, to keep the protein by weight high, while keeping costs reasonable for regular daily use.
Make no mistake though, despite the relative similarities between whey protein types, and even brands, there is a noticeable difference depending on what you are targeting. Some protein is designed to target increased bulk and muscle mass, while others are targeted at reducing fat and improved toning.
On this site we only review the highest quality protein powders, and always ones we’ve used ourselves. If you are going to be taking whey protein as a regular daily supplement, you need to ensure that the product you have settled on is both healthy andsafe.A great starting protein powder is Optimum Nutritions 100% Whey Gold Standard. We have a review here, and also offer it in our store. It is a high quality brand for all around use, and is a great place to start before determining if you need a more specialized form of whey protein.Even if you aren’t ready to buy whey protein yet, you can learn more about whey protein benefits beyond muscle building, by checking our whey protein benefits overview post,which details the many ways in which whey protein improves your health.