Types of Protein Powders… which to choose?
When it comes to protein powders, there’s certainly no shortage of choice. In fact, when you usually enter a health store, you’re greeted by rows upon rows upon rows of different types and brands of protein powders. While having choices is always a good thing, the sheer number of protein powders out there can be slightly intimidating; especially for a first time buyer! It is with this in mind that we have put together the following information… look on it as your introduction guide to the different types of protein powders. Of course, there’s plenty more that you can learn in your quest to decide which protein shake is best for you; but the below information should give you enough ammo to begin your own educated start.
First, it’s important to realise that the major difference between most protein powders, and the factor that should most influence your choice, is the product on which the powder is based. Put simply, generally speaking the four main types of protein that are used in protein powders are soy, rice, egg and whey. We’ll discuss each one below; but, for those of you who are simply after a quick answer: our protein of choice is whey protein. Having said that, each protein has its pros and cons, and each will do something different for each person… so it would be well worth your while to read through the descriptions below.
Soy protein is derived from soy powder. Of all the vegetable proteins, soy is the most complete source of protein. Soy protein comes in two forms: Soy protein concentrate, and soy protein isolate, which “isolate” being the more pure of the two… and, obviously the more expensive. Soy protein is often the best choice for those who suffer from dairy allergies, and is obviously suitable for vegans. Another con of Soy Protein is that it is very quickly digested.
Interested in learning more about Soy Protein? Then read more on our Soy Protein page.
Rice protein is obtained from a careful distillation of the protein from brown rice. Rice protein is a complete protein, which means that it includes both essential amino acids and non essential amino acids. Also, being hypoallergenic, it is suitable for anyone. Again, rice protein is a suitable option for vegans.
Interested in learning more about Rice Protein? Then read more on our Rice Protein page.
Egg protein enjoys a long history of usage amongst those looking to increase their protein intake; even before the popularity of protein powders. Egg protein powder itself is made from egg white, and is thus fat free and high in protein. In fact, egg in itself is considered to be one of the most perfect sources of protein available, as it is complete with essential amino acids, branch chain amino acids and glutamic acid. It is the protein powder highest in amino acids alanine, arginine, glycine and methane. Obviously (we really shouldn’t have to tell you this) egg protein powder should not be taken by anyone with an egg allergy.
Interested in learning more about Egg Protein? Then read more on our Egg Protein page.
Whey protein is derived from milk, and is possibly the most widely-used of all protein powders. Containing both essential and non essential amino acids, and also branch chain amino acids, it is a complete source of protein. Amino Acids are important to your workout, as they are the very building blocks of protein… it is important to remember that the body does not make essential amino acids (although it can synthesize non essential amino acids), and they must therefore be obtained from diet. Whey protein is an easily digestable source of protein. As with soy protein, it comes in two forms: Whey Protein Concentrate, and Whey Protein Isolate. Again, Isolate is the more pure form, containing less fat and lactose. Obviously, Whey Protein is not suitable for those who are lactose intolerant. So, why is whey protein the best bet, in our eyes? Well, Whey Protein:
- Helps boost immunity
- Optimal source of amino acids
- Enhances muscle recovery after workouts and helps prevent muscle breakdown
Interested in learning more about Whey Protein? Then read more on our Whey Protein page.
Oh, and by the way… we know a lot of people are visiting our site by searching for such things as “protien powders”, or “proteen powders”. Rest assured, we know what you mean… but really, it’s spelled “protein powders”. Ok guys?