I remember the first time I decided to take some supplements to improve my performances and to gain more muscle fast.
I asked around and basically everybody told me that I should have started taking protein, whey protein to be precise.
So I did, I bought my first whey protein container and I remember asking myself...what is whey protein?
Why don't they just call it protein?
What is Whey Protein Made From?
I believe that many people talk about whey protein but if we ask them what it means they don't know the answer.
- Whey is a derived by-product of cheese production
- When cheese is produced, a thin liquid is left over, and that is called whey
- Whey is composed of something like 1% protein
- The liquid (whey) is dried and filtered, and the remains is concentrated whey protein powder
That's the powder that you find in the container you buy at the supplements store.
Whey Protein Also Known As Fast Protein
I am sure you heard this before, whey protein is good because it's a fast type of protein, but again, what does that mean?
Whey protein is called fast because of the time that it takes to be fully absorbed by your body.
When you take a whey protein shake, it is proven that the full absorption happens 20 to 40 minutes after consumption.
When is it Better to Take Whey Protein?
Due to the short time that it takes to be absorbed, it is better to take whey protein pre-workout, during workout or immediately post-workout.
If you don't know whether to take it with milk or water, read the article on the blog that explains the difference between whey protein with water vs. milk.
Personally, I believe that the best time to take whey protein is immediately after workout, when the body needs quick protein and amino acids to start recovering from the workout.
I take it with water because milk takes longer to be processed. If you read the article I mentioned above you understand why.
Whey Protein Isolate
I want to give you a quick overview on whey protein isolate.
Whey protein isolate is the purest and most concentrated form of whey protein, let's say it's even the best quality.
It's something around 95% pure whey protein and good brands even provide it fat free.
In conclusion, whey protein is essential for muscle growth as it provides you with the basic building "bricks" for your muscles.
That being said, I think that you should try to get the most of your daily proteins from good quality food, but hey...if you need extra, whey protein is your best option!
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