Are you thinking about adding whey protein to your diet but wondering, “What is all this debate about whey protein isolate vs concentrate?” Is there a difference? Which one will be better for you?
Whey is a really good means of getting high quality amino acids. It is a by-product of the cheese making process. When the liquid is removed from the whey, the dry powder that remains is whey protein concentrate – a superb source of calcium and of several essential amino acids such as glutathione and cysteine. It is very important to manage the water removal process very carefully in order to not damage these nutrients. For example, heat will destroy a lot of these nutrients.
More processing will be required if one is to isolate the protein, and more processing equals a probability of destroying the protein molecule. Whey protein isolate is up to or more than 90% protein. The other nutrients have been removed.
Advantages of whey protein concentrate
Whey protein concentrate, when carefully processed, retains the very nutritious enzymes, vitamins, minerals and proteins that were naturally present in the original whey. Glutathione is essential in maintaining robust health. It is present in every cell in your body. It is a potent antioxidant, and research indicates that whey protein concentrate is very beneficial in assisting our bodies to make glutathione. However it has been found that it is very difficult to raise glutathione levels using supplements. 1) By the way, vitamin D is also a catalyst for glutathione production. (2) Cysteine, a component of glutathione, is an amino acid that the body uses for detoxification. Collagen production also requires cysteine.
Choose a whey protein concentrate that has been cold processed to retain these valuable nutrients. Your best whey comes from grass-fed cows and is made from milk that is free of pesticides.
Breakfast smoothie recipe
Try this great breakfast drink:
- 1 Cup unsweetened organic yogurt
- 1 Cup frozen berries of your choice
- 1 scoop Whey protein concentrate
The frozen berries make the smoothie a little thicker. Also, I find they are more economical to use since they keep well in your freezer and you don’t have to worry about them spoiling before you get a chance to use them.
This nutritious smoothie provides 25 grams of protein for about 250 calories. Any meal should include a good source of lean protein; “good” fat such as olive oil, fish oil, avocado, flaxseed oil, nuts; and vegetables or fruit. Choose organic whenever possible. This smoothie provides a good serving of protein and the antioxidant benefits of a few berries, but to make it a balanced meal you might add your choice of an omega 3 oil such as flaxseed or fish oil.
Blend all the ingredients in your blender and enjoy!!!
The whey protein isolate vs concentrate debate warrants your attention, but I do believe you will find that the concentrate form contributes more to your over-all health.