What Is Whey Protein?
Protein powder comes in various blends, but the most widely consumed is Whey Protein. Whey Protein starts its life as milk, which is then separated into curds and whey. Curds go to the manufacture of cheese, while whey is filtered to remove a majority of the fat and lactose, before being spray dried to create a powder.
Whey Protein is most commonly found as a whey concentrate – meaning it contains around 80% protein with some fats and carbs. Whey isolate goes through an additional filtering process to remove more fats and carbs and comes in at 90% protein.
- Whey is higher in all the essential amino acids – those your body doesn’t make itself and need from your diet, than other protein powders
- Whey protein is higher in BCAAs
- Creamier, smoother texture than a vegan protein
- Absorbed by the body more quickly
Protein is an organic compound made up of amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of our bodies: creating tissue in the body to build and repair muscles. It doesn’t stop there though, hair, skin, nails – these are all built from protein, even your body’s immune system!