Whey protein has been one of the most popular supplements around for years. You’ll always see someone in the gym drinking a protein shake from their shaker bottle, but what is it exactly?
Whey is a by-product of cheese and yoghurt production. Once processed, whey is usually sold as a powder, and can also be bought as pre-made drinks and bars.
Whey protein comes in two forms; concentrate and isolate. Whey concentrate is less filtered than whey isolate, and therefore isolate whey is generally better quality. If you can, always try and use whey isolate.
Whey protein has a very high protein content, so it can help you reach your recommended protein intake levels, hence why it’s so popular in the fitness and wellbeing industry. It is a source of all nine essential amino acids, which your body cannot produce naturally. If you can hit your daily protein target with whole foods such as meat and fish, you may not need to supplement your diet with whey protein powder. It should ‘supplement’ your diet and help you reach your macronutrient goals.
We recommend you have no more than 2 servings of whey protein per day, and that you try some before buying as sometimes it can cause stomach upsets. It can be used at anytime.