How to Choose the Best Protein PowderThe Basics
Protein has plenty of uses in the body, including the building blocks for building muscle. When searching for a protein powder, you want to first decide on what your goals are. If you are trying to lose fat, you should go with a protein powder that has very little or no carbohydrates and low in calories such as Dymatize ISO-100, which has zero carbohydrates. If your goal is to gain muscle, pick a powder with a higher protein and calorie content. If your aim is to increase your mass and gain weight, check out our weight gainer category.There are many types of protein.
Whey protein is by far the most common type of protein powder. It is made from milk as a by-product of cheese production and is often regarded as the best type of protein due to its make up of amino acids. While whey protein concentrates are generally 29% to 89% protein by weight, whey protein isolates go through a filtering process that removes most or all of the fat and lactose. Isolates are 90%+ protein by weight. There is also hydrolyzed whey protein powder which for those who want a faster absorption rate.Casein
Casein protein is another protein that is produced by milk. Unlike whey, however, casein is a much slower digesting protein that has more of a time-release effect when being absorbed into your body. Some people prefer this type of protein over whey because it releases into your system for up to 7 hours which is about twice as long as whey. Optimum 100% Casein Protein is a good choice for those looking for a strictly casein protein powder.Soy
Soy protein is extracted from soybeans and is a great choice for those who are vegetarians or vegans because it contains no animal byproducts.Egg
Egg-white protein has a medium absorption rate and is lactose and dairy-free.Blends
Protein blends combine more than one type of protein and are becoming a popular choice. This is because it allows you to get the combined benefits of different type of protein powders such as faster acting whey along with the slower absorption of casein. One of the most highly rated protein powders is Beverly International's Ultimate Muscle Protein because it blends whey concentrate, isolate, casein, and egg-white protein into one product.
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Last updated: October 28, 2011