Last week we discussed when and why we use Protein supplements! So this week, I’m going to help you understand the difference between the types of Whey protein and how they offer varying benefits.
Firstly it’s important to understand that whey is a dairy product that comes from cows milk. Whilst there are many vegan alternatives right now we’ll focus on the difference between the two main types of Whey Protein; Whey Concentrate (WPC) and Whey Isolate(WPI).
Essentially WPC and WPI are the same, the difference between them is the amount of processing the whey goes through. WPC is produced when milk is filtered and the whey protein dried. It usually contains around 80% protein, a small amount of fat and some carbs (https://www.bulk.com/uk/the-core/which-whey-to-gains-concentrate-vs-isolate/) WPC is great for gaining muscle mass, can be used as pre or post-workout nutrition and is great as an additive to your smoothies!
WPI has been filtered further than WPC. Because of this extra filtration there is a higher protein percentage, less fats and less carbs (https://www.bulk.com/uk/the-core/which-whey-to-gains-concentrate-vs-isolate/). This makes WPI a great option for anyone who cannot tolerate dairy, as it is easily digested and absorbed!
So what’s the best for building muscle and aiding in recovery? At Baguio Sports our own brand Provide Nutrition uses an advanced low-carbohydrate formula blend of Whey Protein Isolate and Whey Protein Concentrate that delivers 28g of protein per serve. This amazing combination includes WPC, which contains naturally high levels of BCAAs and has slower digestion time, making it effective for triggering protein synthesis, between or with meals and before and after training. It also includes WPI, which is 99.9% lactose free and contains naturally occurring short chain amino peptides so that it can be quickly absorbed by the body within around 15 minutes of consumption. Check it out at https://baguiosports.com/collections/whey-protein/products/whey-protein-wpi-wpc-100-lean-blend-strawberry-flavour.
So take into consideration your functional and dietary requirements when considering what type of Whey protein supplements to consume. Otherwise if you’re still unsure which type will work best for you, give a combination supplement a go instead.
Cheers, Hannah x