If you’ve been working out or trying to eat healthy, you’ve probably come across whey protein. In fact, whey protein is something we often get asked about during nutritional counseling. If you’ve been thinking about supplementing with whey protein, or if you have any questions about it, we’re here to help. Here’s the skinny on whey protein and how it relates to a healthy body.
What is whey protein?
Whey protein is the protein contained within whey, which is the watery portion of milk that separates from the curds in cheesemaking.
How is it different from other proteins?
Unlike other forms of protein that come from meat, whey protein comes from milk, so it’s vegetarian friendly. If you’re vegan or have a lactose allergy, we recommend trying pea protein instead.
What does whey protein do?
Whey protein can be added to your diet in the form of a supplement, shake, or powder to up your protein intake. More protein means more potential for muscle building, so whey protein is pretty popular for boosting athletic performance or muscle. If you’re doing a lot of strength training, whey protein is a good supplement to have on hand. In fact, some research has shown that taking whey protein in combination with strength training can increase overall lean body mass, strength, and muscle size.
Where can I get whey protein?
Whey protein is available in a wide variety of types and flavors (usually in a powdered form) and can be easily added to shakes, smoothies, or other liquids for upping your protein intake. Some of our favorite whey protein supplements include Thorne Research Whey Protein Isolate, Vital Nutrients Whey Protein Powder, DaVinci Laboratories Right Whey, NanoPro, Designs for Health Whey Cool, and Perque Whey Guard.
Have more questions about whey protein? Give us a call and we’d be happy to help!