But what exactly is whey protein? It is a dietary supplement created by filtering milk protein (it’s a dairy protein that is a byproduct of the cheese-making process). Milk protein is 20 percent whey, and whey actually contains significant amounts of fat and lactose, but these components are filtered and processed in order to remove them. Those processes are called microfiltration or “ion exchange.” The end result is a more concentrated protein concentrate, isolate or hydrolysates.
Whey is by far the most popular protein choice and is my favorite because it tastes good and it’s easy to carry and prepare in the office, gym, etc. Whey protein contains large amounts of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) and it is one of the fastest digesting proteins compared with other proteins in the market (hydrolyzed = fastest; isolate = faster; concentrate = fast).
Isolate is the purest form of protein. This is the next step up in purification! Whey is purified again using more filtration or a technique called ion exchange or cross-flow microfiltration. The result is that this type of whey has very low levels of carbohydrates and fat and is almost exclusively pure protein. Usually people who are lactose intolerant don’t have trouble with whey protein isolates.
Fitness and General Benefits
Many athletes, fitness professionals and bodybuilders use whey Isolate to improve athletic performance and gain muscle. Whey protein is an essential supplement if your goal is to build muscle, lose fat or enhance overall health and wellness. One benefit is the rapid rate of digestion, and whey is also an extremely rich source of leucine, isoleucine and valine (BCAAs), which are necessary to build muscle, as previously mentioned. In addition, some clinical research shows that taking whey protein supplementation in combination with an intense workout increases lean body mass, strength, muscle repair and muscle growth, and improves athletic performance.
Recommendations for Use
Use as a pre-workout and as a post-workout to help build muscle or lose fat. Before weight training you can drink 15 to 20 grams of whey to enhance muscle strength, increase endurance, and decrease muscle breakdown. After your workouts, go with 20-30 grams of whey to enhance muscle recovery/reparation.
FAT-FREE SALPICON FRUIT WHEY
20 grams mango
20 grams banana
20 grams apple
20 grams watermelon
20 grams pineapple
20 grams strawberries
30 grams MHP IsoFast whey protein powder, vanilla flavored
1/2 cup of water
Blend the ice cubes with the protein powder, strawberries and water (add stevia if you wish) and serve in a glass. Add the other ingredients diced after blending. Enjoy this delicious and easy recipe!