We all have very busy lives these days. When we have so many things on our plate usually the first thing to go is our healthy nutrition. Cooking healthy meals take time, so we usually end up getting fast food or frozen dinners to save us time. It is very hard to have your five or six daily meals you need to get and stay in shape. Protein supplementation can be a part of your program instead of having to get the less healthy food options. Most protein powders these days taste good and are very easy to prepare.
There are different types of protein powders on the market. Which one should you choose? Well it's all based on how you are planning to use the protein powder. Here are a few of the types of protein powders on the market:
Whey protein is probably the most popular protein source for those trying to increase their fitness levels. There are a few reasons for this.
Whey protein reduces cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone that destroys muscle tissue. The lower it is the better. Whey protein can also boost your immune system. Which is important if you are training hard.
A few of the biggest reasons whey protein is popular is that it doesn't taste bad. Some proteins taste bad and are difficult to mask. That is not the case with whey protein. The best tasting protein powders on the market are generally made up of whey protein.
Different types of whey protein
There are several types of whey that are used in supplemental protein powders. You have filtered whey protein. This process is known as micro-filtration and it is done at low temperatures in order to ensure the protein will not be damaged during production. This usually results in lower amounts of fat and cholesterol.
You also have whey concentrate and isolate. Whey concentrate is generally the most basic form of protein and it is in cheaper brands. Whey isolate protein powders are smaller particles of whey that are absorbed quickly into the body. Whey isolate is great for post workout nutrition. The problem is that whey isolate is not good for use throughout the day. The isolate is digested too quickly to give the body the aminos it needs for tissue repair. It will be used as energy instead.
Egg Protein Powder
Egg protein is a very bio-available protein powder next to only whey protein. Eggs themselves are considered "nature's perfect food". Egg proteins are digested slower than whey protein, which makes it suitable for your supplemental protein intake in between meals.
Milk Protein Powder
Milk proteins are also high quality proteins that are a slower release protein powder. Calcium Caseinate and micellar casein are the two main milk proteins that are used in popular protein powders. Calcium caseinate is the most widely used protein, but it is a lower quality. Micellar casein is the natural, undenatured form of casein that is found in our milk. Less chemicals are used in processing the micellar casein.
Micellar casein is a great bedtime protein because it is a very slow released protein. The amino acids into are trickle fed into the bloodstream. This keeps your body anti catabolic while you sleep. That way you won't lose any muscle tissue while you are sleeping.
Beef protein is a slow release protein also. I can only think of one company that produces a beef protein powder. This could be a type of protein powder that could gain in popularity. The problem with this beef protein is that is tastes bad, and it's biological value is a bit lower than the other proteins.
Soy Protein is not a popular protein supplement if you are interested in using protein for muscle mass. You have the estrogen problems for men if high amounts of soy are used. Plus soy is not a complete protein so you need other types of protein for maximum benefit. Don't use soy by itself.