Protein is very vital in our nutrition no matter what your fitness level or goal. They help stay strong and fill full. You can get them through various sources like greek yoghurt, egg whites and so on, however Protein powders can come in very handle to meet your daily protein goals.
They come in various types and we will go over them right now! The main difference between them is if they are fast or slow digesting which will then tell you the best times to take them.
- Whey protein
It is fast digesting. This is a milk protein and a cheaper alternative to keep your wallet healthy. However some people experience bloating and feel some gas with it. It digests fat and can be used for pre and post workout. It comes in two forms:
Whey Concentrate: Whey concentrate is more economical per gram of protein. It also has a low lactose level which helps for lactose-sensitive people. It has little amount of fats and carbs.
Whey Isolate: Whey isolate is usually fat-free and is lactose free if you cant handle the whey concentrate form. Whey isolate also tends to taste slightly better than whey concentrate too and has a thinner consistency and very little fat
- Casein protein/ milk protein
This is a slow digesting protein thus you can use it as a meal or before bedtime. It keeps you fuller longer and keeps a constant supply of protein in your body to supply the muscles with proper nutrition for hours after drinking it
- Plant based like Soy protein, hemp or rice powder.
This is a good source of protein for those looking for a vegetarian source of protein. It also provides provide antioxidant benefits, and heart health benefits. This type of protein can be used both pre and post workout or anytime throughout the day
- Egg white protein
It is slow digesting so you feel full longer and ideal at night to keep yourself full and fueled during sleep.
Like milk proteins, egg white is also naturally very low in fat and carbs. Egg white protein is cholesterol-free and an excellent choice for those who wish to avoid dairy products.
- Blends Egg and casein are often combined with whey protein into ‘blend’ proteins. These proteins mix fast and slow digesting proteins so you get a controlled release effect.
There you go! So just make sure they have no artificial sweeteners and are natural ingredients!!!