Nutrition

All About Whey Protein Powder

Whether you’re just getting started with FizzUp or are already a seasoned expert, you’ve probably already heard of whey. It’s a protein powder that’s known to play a role in supercharging your fitness results. But do you know how and why? The FizzUp trainer reveals all the secrets about this mysterious supplement.

WHAT’S WHEY?

Did you know that whey is a powder that comes from milk protein? It starts as a greenish yellow liquid that’s left over from making cheese and mostly contains water, along with lactose and protein. For years, cheesemakers didn’t know what to do with whey… not until they found an amazing use for it. Once it has gone through several different processes, it turns into protein powder.

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There are the three common types of whey protein: whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate and hydrolyzed whey protein. So which one should you use?

  • Whey protein concentrate goes through an ultrafiltration process. This filters the whey components in order to make a concentrated protein powder (about 80%), removing water, lactose, mineral salts and fat. This is also the least expensive kind of whey.
  • Whey protein isolate is either made using microfiltration or an ion exchange technique. It contains 90% to 95% protein, creating a higher protein concentration than ultrafiltration. This process is more expensive than ultrafiltration, which means that it costs more than whey protein concentrate.
  • Hydrolyzed whey protein is made from whey protein concentrate or whey protein isolate and then goes through hydrolysis. This breaks protein down into peptides (smaller protein components) when it’s digested. This kind of powder is the easier for your body to absorb.

WHAT DOES WHEY DO?

Many people who take their fitness and strength training to the next level drink protein shakes. So what does whey actually do for your body? Protein is one of the macronutrients that you have to consume in order for your body to work properly. It plays a key role in growing and regenerating your muscle fibers. Protein needs to come from your diet because your body can’t produce parts of it on its own, such as essential amino acids.

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If you’re physically active, consuming whey before or after your workout helps your muscle fibers reconstruct faster after they’ve been affected by microlesions, getting you faster results.

WHAT THE FIZZUP TRAINER THINKS ABOUT WHEY

If you want to gain muscle mass, it’s best to consume between 1.6 g and 1.8 g of protein per kilogram of body weight per day. For instance, if you weigh 70 kg, then you need to consume 110 g to 125 g of protein per day. Remember, when you eat a healthy and balanced diet, it’s easy to get all the protein you need.

The ingredients in these powders aren’t always clear. They can contain additives that are hazardous for your health. The FizzUp trainer prefers sticking with a healthy diet rather than getting his protein from supplement powders. Whether it’s animal or plant-based, protein is everywhere you look.

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If you still want to drink protein powders, then drink no more than 2 g per kilogram of body weight per day. Any more than that and your body will stop digesting it. Make sure to read the list of ingredients carefully and don’t be fooled by crafty advertising.

Now you’re in the know when it comes to whey protein powder! Sometimes things aren’t what they seem, so to get the results you crave, the FizzUp trainer recommends just eating a healthy and balanced diet, along with getting plenty of exercise. It’s as simple as that!

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