Whey protein is without a doubt the most important form of protein to supplement with. That's because science has shown that whey is a superior protein when it comes to stimulating muscle protein synthesis - the process that leads to muscle growth and strength gains.

There are basically 2 major types of whey protein protein companies opt for when formulating their PROTEIN POWDER!

  1. Whey protein concentrate – goes through the least amount of processing of the whey proteins. The filtration processes involved to create whey protein concentrate are usually gentle forms of filtration, known as microfiltration and ultrafiltration. This leaves a protein powder that is around 70-80% protein, with the rest being carbs and fat. Due to the limited processing, whey protein concentrate is often much cheaper than other forms of whey.
  2. Whey protein isolate– is a purer form of whey protein than whey protein concentrate due to additional processing that involves either longer filtration times or additional steps in the manufacturing process, such as cross flow microfiltration or ion-exchange chromatography. The further processing can create a whey protein powder with a protein concentration higher than 95%. Due to the lower carb and fat content, it's a great whey protein to use when dieting and is also great around workouts because it is digested and absorbed quickly.

Many protein manufacturers today combine these two whey proteins into one protein powder so that you get the benefits that each form offers, but truly it’s more economical for the manufacture. So before buying a whey protein powder, be sure to check the ingredients list to determine the forms of whey protein that it contains. For me personally, I will ALWAYS use Whey Protein Isolate when it comes to my protein powder PRO JYM, and stay away from Whey Protein Concentrates

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