7 Factors in Choosing the Best Whey Protein Part
There are many brands of whey protein available and you could find yourself in overwhelm trying to identify which is the best whey protein to get. I would suggest that as you set out to select a whey protein, that you consider these seven factors to help you make your decision.
1. Overall Quality
Whey Protein powders are not all the same. The quality of the whey protein in the end product can be affected by factors such as the source of the milk (the diet and care of the cows producing the milk), the type of cheese from which the whey is derived, the manufacturer’s processing method and individual specifications, which include the nature of any additional ingredients, such as vitamins, making up the final formula. It is particularly important to avoid buying a brand that uses high temperatures in processing and manufacturing the whey protein. This denatures the protein and it cannot then provide the benefits you are looking for. The better processes for capturing whey protein include micro-filtration and ion-exchange.
2. Price Range and Value for Money
To determine a realistic price and value comparison you need to look at several factors, such as the amount of protein and the number of serves in the product. The old adage, ‘you get what you pay for’, can apply with finding the best whey protein. The way the protein has been processed is important and will affect the price. A superior manufacturing process that preserves the quality of the whey protein may cost more in equipment or labour or both.
3. Grams of Protein per Serving
Check how many grams of protein are in a serve. Be alert in comparing serving sizes. A serving size may appear to promote high protein content, but if the serving size is say, twice as big as comparison products, you are not going to get good value for your money. Best protein cookies, for example can contain up to 10g of protein per serving while protein shakes can contain 30g of protein per serving.
4. Carb Grams Per Serving
You will also want to check out the type and quantity of carbohydrates in the product. The carb serving size you will want depends on the type of results you want to achieve. If you are trying to build muscle whilst maintaining your weight/fat percentage, then you should look for a medium serve of carbs. If your goal is to build muscle and lose fat, then you will want a low carb serve. You will have to read labels and do some comparisons in making your selection.
5. Sweetening Agent
Remember that sugar is a carb, and you want to see a breakdown on the nutrition label to see how much of the carb serving is sugar. Remember sugar goes by different names depending on its source. Sucrose is sugar from sugar cane. Fructose is sugar from fruit, and lactose is sugar from milk. Often nutrition labels will use these names, rather than say the word ‘Sugar’.
6. Fat Grams and Cholesterol Component Per Serving
Generally whey protein powders are low in fat, but it something worthwhile considering when choosing the best whey protein for you. Also look at the cholesterol component of the total fat score. Cholesterol, a type of fat, is something you may want to look at if you are aware that you already have a high cholesterol reading. You may want to minimise the sources of cholesterol in the food you eat if you are on a reduced fat diet.
7. The Sensory Factors
These may be hard to judge until after you have purchased a product, unless you can get a free sample. Your personal sensory values will influence whether you continue to use a whey protein powder after you have bought it — factors such as mixability, taste and texture.
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