Alright now before we dive into all this information, “Ay yo Dre, I got something to say….” [clears throat]
Now of course funds are needed to keep the lights on, and as a result, we may receive compensation for items you may purchase through the affiliate links, but let’s be very clear, I do not accept paid reviews or fake reviews claiming to be something they are not. Also, the medical and/or nutritional information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read on this Web site.
Whey protein, soy protein, rice protein, casein protein…there are many different protein powders on the market, and of course, with the advancement of technology, we now have so much access to all this information; all at once, and it can get very confusing. If you’re in the market for protein powder, whether it’s to supplement, increase your caloric intake, or even for a meal replacement; all the different kinds of proteins that you may encounter are easily explained below. Keep in mind that some of the things you may want to avoid in your protein powders are gluten if you are sensitive, dextrin, glucose, artificial sweeteners, skim milk, vegetable oils, thickeners, gums, fillers such as flours. Unfortunately, you will find most of these items in whey protein and it may be hard to avoid if you choose to go that route.
Milk proteins are a blend of casein and whey protein. As a result, some people are allergic, however, they are the most available of all the proteins
Whey protein is the most popular, most commercialized, and most marketed type of protein on the market for a lot of reasons. This protein is a milk derivative. Whey protein is best absorbed and easily used by the body, so of course, it’s highly recommended for people who are looking to build muscle as well as supplement different meals for weight loss. It’s a great go-to for your smoothies, protein shakes, pre- or post-workout, or just a simple snack if get hungry before your next meal.
Casein protein is whey proteins, little brother. Casein is also a milk protein, similar to whey. Casein is often referred to as the “slow digesting protein” because of the composition of the protein. It’s the “curd” of milk. A good visual example of this cottage cheese. Those little curds are high in casein, which is why cottage cheese is a recommendation for people who don’t want to supplement. Casein helps you feel more satiated during the day, so it’s definitely beneficial for people who may be trying to curb appetite for weight loss. Most times you will see people have it before bed as a way to keep protein flowing around the clock. Casein is not ideal as a post-workout supplement because it’s absorbed so slowly.
Plant-based proteins have been on the rise since milk allergies and sensitivities continue to be a problem for some people. There are many plant-based options on the market, but it’s good to keep in mind that most are not complete proteins and often have to be combined in order to get all nine essential amino acids needed.
Let’s talk about soy soy soy. Soy isn’t the best options for young, active women due to the nature of the phytoestrogen content that can mimic the estrogen hormone for good but mostly bad. However, there are some women who take it and don’t have any issues. Me personally, I try to stay away from anything that contains soy because of the phytoestrogen content, and what it does to my body, so this definitely wouldn’t be my first choice, however, it doesn’t make it any less valuable than any of the other proteins that are on the market. Soy protein is a complete plant-based protein derived from the soybean, and it’s definitely has been shown to help lower cholesterol and also offer bone health benefits for active aging women. Soy protein is not recommended if you do have any hormonal issues or if you have had hormone-sensitive cancer. This is one protein you don’t want to go cheap on. ALWAYS BUY ORGANIC SOY!
Who would have ever thought that they can take a protein from Rice? I thought it was the craziest thing ever as well, but it does in fact exist. When you’re looking for an option with rice, make sure the listed ingredients is sprouted brown rice, and not just “rice protein.” Sprouting the rice has been shown to reduce the number of carbs and increases the amount of protein, which has been shown to lower the glycemic effect and increases the nutritional profile. There is a genetic makeup change in sprouted rice to make its nutrients more available to the body. Rice protein has been shown to have a good source of complex carbs, different B vitamins, and great fiber content, which eases digestion. Some rice protein brands have also been shown to be hypoallergenic, so if you do have any food sensitive allergies, then this would definitely be a great source of protein for you to give a try.
Hemp is also another plant-based protein that is on the market. It is quite expensive, and not readily available due to the association with marijuana plants. Some of the added benefits of hemp protein are the omega-3 fatty acids, which has been shown to lower inflammation. The protein content of hemp protein is lower than others, so a hemp protein blend is definitely the better option than hemp protein alone.
Pea protein is a derivative from yellow split peas. Pea protein is a great protein option for people who have food allergies, sensitivities, and digestion issues. Research has been shown that pea protein is very easy to digest, which is why it’s a better-recommended option than some of the milk-based proteins that are on the market. Just like hemp protein and rice protein, pea protein is not a complete protein.
Egg white protein is not something that’s relatively new to the market, however, it isn’t as commercialized as whey. Egg white protein is definitely helpful for those who either have a dairy allergy or on the paleo diet. The absorption speed is a little bit faster than casein, but also a little bit slower than whey. It’s definitely a good option for a post-workout shake or you can add it to your smoothies for breakfast if you decide to do that in the mornings. If you’re bold enough, go ahead and take it Rocky Balboa style and take it straight to the head.
With all that you know about protein, head to your nearest supplement store or get your protein from the comfort of your own home, or work office space via Amazon, and get that body and health you’ve been wanting. If you’re curious about a particular brand of protein, and you want my opinion, shoot me an email and I can grant that wish.