What is the best protein?
A lot of people ask me this question. I get it emailed to me, left in comments, and dropped into conversations. Its generally asked by people who are unsure what type and how much protein to take. After all there is a lot of information out there that is incorrect, and its tough to know what the best supplement for you is. There are a ton of products that while being helpful to some, could be the totally wrong choice for your health or fitness goals. Luckily for you, this site is here to help. Some of the major questions you may have:
- Isolate, Hydrosylsate or Concentrate?
- Best Protein Powder for Muscle Building?
- Best Protein for Weight Loss?
- Whey or Soy?
In a future article i’ll delve into each of these more, but for now i can provide a general overview over the best protein to take.
To the first question whey or soy, bluntly, the answer is whey. Despite sharing some benefits, and soy providing essential amino acids like whey, soy protein has shown itself to have some side effects that one should be wary of (like increases in levels of estrogen linked to soy intake). I’m not saying one will develop breasts simply from taking soy protein, but ideally whey protein is a better choice.
Secondly, with whey you have 3 types of protein, Isolate, Hydrolysate and Concentrate. Which type is the best? Interestingly enough, all three. Ideally a whey protein powder that contains all 3 forms of whey protein powder is the best. The reason? Each type is digested and used by the body at a different rate, meaning that absorption lasts longer, and that the benefits of the whey protein powder last longer, and peak at the ideal time.
For muscle growth, one can’t get much better than Optimum Nutrition’s Pure Whey powder. It tastes great, and contains all three types of whey protein powder. On top of that it contains almost 0 additives, tastes great, and includes a special formula created by Optimum Nutrition to delay the absorption rate of the essential amino acids present in whey to provide the greatest benefits before, during and after a workout.
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For weight loss, the question becomes a bit more tricky and is one we will leave to a future post. The reason for that is that with weight loss you are looking for a few things that are outside the realm of normal whey protein supplementation. For one, Isolate is the protein type of choice, as it contains the highest protein by weight, meaning the lowest amount of fat and carbohydrates present. Secondly it will ideally use a natural sweetener such as Stevia instead of sugar to keep the caloric density low. Lastly you would want a slow release formula to take full advantage of the natural appetite suppressing ability that whey protein powder offers on its own.
A lot of the questions i touched on above are explored in other posts on this site, but I’ll leave you to discover them for yourself. Whey protein powder is a fantastic daily supplement that offers numerous health benefits beyond simple muscle building and weight loss.