What if I told you that protein powders like JYM Supplement Science’s deliver proteins that are commonly used as food sources of protein? Many people like to argue this point, as if protein powders are some form of synthetic protein, but the truth is these powders are derived from food sources, and as such constitute food themselves. Here’s how.
There are many types of foods that are used to make protein powder. The most popular, and effective, based on research with active people and elite athletes come from milk. These foods are the source materials for powdered versions of Whey Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Isolate, and Micellar Casein.
In fact, a popular choice for advanced athletes, who want to maximize muscle gain and fat loss, is to combine these animal proteins into a blend. That’s because there is a growing body of research that now confirms that combining fast-digesting whey with at least casein protein, a slow-digesting source, is more effective for muscle growth than chugging whey protein alone, Stoppani says.
On the other hand, when looking for maximizing protein quality, while minimizing carbohydrate and fat intake, many fitness enthusiasts choose whey protein isolate, because they can get 20 grams of high-quality protein into their diet for roughly 90 calories.
Stoppani says. “Whey protein isolate, which is extremely easy to digest, contains no lactose and keeps calories low per gram of protein, has been a boon for women who realize the need to meet protein and calorie targets to build and maintain a lean body.”
Finally, fit minded people today can also meet their protein requirements with protein powders derived from real vegetable sources, such as pea, rice and soy. These whole food plant sources are then isolated to remove excess carbohydrates and deliver a cleaner tasting, easy to mix powdered product.
As you can see, by taking whole food sources of animal and plant proteins and isolating them into the proteins themselves — common challenges to maintaining a healthy high-protein diet can be avoided — namely the coincidental intake of excess fats and cholesterol.
But…make no mistake, isolating these proteins from real foods doesn't change the fact that these are the same proteins you’d be getting if you ate the foods themselves. What’s more, these powdered forms of protein are more easily digested and absorbed by the body, meaning ultimately they’re more easily utilized. In general, this isn’t so important for your daily diet, but when it comes to getting protein around your workouts it’s crucial for maximizing results. So while a varied diet is important, there are arguably times when protein powder is a better source of protein than whole foods, especially as part of a high-protein diet.
Bottom line, at the end of the day protein is protein, and protein powders are made from food sources of protein.