Whey protein has been the most popular type of protein powder in the market. Different types of whey protein powder exists and knowing the difference between them can make a huge difference to your results.
When I first got into fitness and nutrition, I knew nothing about protein powders. I just knew that fit people drink protein shakes after their workouts so I wanted to do the same.
I had no idea where to buy protein powders or other supplements. I didn’t even know supplement stores existed. So I went shopping at Costco and purchased my very first tub of whey protein powder.
I kept buying that same protein powder without knowing anything about it. In fact, it took me almost two years to realize that Whey Protein Concentrate and Whey Protein Isolate are two different things!
When I finally realized that whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate were not the same things, I noticed that I was not the only one who didn’t know the difference between the two!
While for most people either protein will work, some people, depending on their lactose tolerance and their goals, may want to choose one over the other.
Being educated on your protein will increase your chances of getting better and faster results!
So let’s jump straight in and compare the two most common forms of Whey Protein.
Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) is currently the least expensive form of protein on the market. The quality of the products ranges on quite a wide spectrum from one brand to another so it’s important to buy your WPC from a trusted source.
WPC is formed by pasteurizing, filtering, and concentrating milk to remove most fats and carbs. The protein usually contains lactose and may contain some additives, sugar, and antibiotics.
When choosing a good WPC powder, its best to go for organic, grass-fed whey protein from a brand who cares about the health of its customers.
Whey Protein Isolate goes through another step that removes lactose and cholesterol, and also additional carbs and fats.
Whey Protein Concentrate also has a wide range of the protein it consists of. It can have as low as about 30% protein, and up to 75% protein. This depends on how much processing the powder goes through, and how many carbs and fats are being eliminated.
Whey Protein Isolate contains 90% protein or more. It is being digested more rapidly, which makes it perfect to take right after your workout.
Which one is better?
Both form of whey protein have their benefits. There has not been a study that would suggest that one is better than the other. It all depends on your budget, how well you can tolerate lactose, and whether you prefer a slow acting protein or one you can take right after your workout.