There are so many different types of protein powder that are currently available on the supplement market. With such a choice it is often hard to find the best type of protein powder that suits you particular needs or fitness goals. We already know this and have written this article to help you out in the decision process when picking the best type of protein powder.
4 Factors To Consider
There are four factors to consider when picking a protein powder supplement. The first is the source of protein, the second in the protein content, the third is digestion rate and the fourth is your health goal.
Source of Protein
This is only important to people that have specific dietary requirements or eating choice. For people that are sensitive to gluten you are going to want a highly processed protein powder, such as a Whey Protein Isolate or a Hydrolyzed Protein Isolate. For people that have specific eating choices, like a vegan or vegetarian you might want to consider a Soy Protein instead.
The higher the protein content is within your protein powder the better it is as a protein supplement. According to SupplementExpress.com.au the higher protein containing supplements are ones that are made from Hydrolyzed Whey, essentially they contain 90%+ of protein per gram. Other high protein ingredients are Whey Protein Isolate and Soy Protein Isolate, which both contains around 80% to 90% of protein per gram. Lower protein containing ingredients such as; Whey Protein Concentrate, can contain anywhere between 70%-80% of protein per gram. The higher the protein content the more it costs and as you might have already figured out, Hydrolyzed Whey is the most expensive with Whey Protein Isolate, Soy Protein Isolate and Whey Protein Concentrate being substantially cheaper.
Every protein powder is digested and absorbed by the body at a different rate. This is important as the body doesn’t store protein like it does with fat. Simply put, if there is not enough protein available to build muscle then the body doesn’t build muscle. The advantage of having a protein powder that digests and absorbs at a different rate is that you can almost have a constant stream of protein being absorbed and available for use by the body. The faster digesting / absorbing protein powder is Hydrolyzed Protein which take 30 minutes to absorb, followed by Soy Protein Isolate and Whey Protein Isolate which can take 30 Minutes to an hour to absorb. Finally, Whey Protein Concentrate is the slowest absorbing protein powder, taking anywhere between an hour to 4 hours to be digested and absorbed by the body.
Fitness & Health Goal
The best protein powder all depends on your fitness and health goals. If you are looking to lose weight you might want to consider a high protein supplement that has a slower digestion rate like Whey Protein Concentrate. Instead, if you are looking for a protein powder to support your muscle development goals, then you might want to consider a faster absorbing protein powder like Hydrolyzed Whey, Whey Protein Isolate or Soy Protein Isolate.