Whey is the ideal protein of choice with a 104 biological value (i.e., quality of the protein), which is higher than any other source of protein, including eggs, chicken, beef, fish, soybeans, rice, wheat or beans (link).
Whey is also one of the quickest absorbing proteins, which makes it great to take right when you wake up or after a workout.
Within the whey category, there are two main types: concentrate and isolate.
- Concentrate is the most basic form of whey that is found in most of the protein tubs you see out there. Given that it’s pretty inexpensive, concentrate is often a good go-to for those starting to supplement, but it is only about 80% protein and can be tough for our bodies to digest.
- Isolate is the purest form of whey and is what we use in mēle. Additionally, our whey isolate comes from hormone-free and grass-fed cows! It is made from cold-pressed raw milk, contains 90% protein.
This protein is very similar to whey, but with a different release process – it is slower digesting and best to take at night. Typically early morning, or after work-outs, our bodies need something that will absorb a little quicker, but if you are looking to increase your protein intake this could be a great supplement to add to your evening routine before bed.
PLANT PROTEIN (soy, hemp, rice, pea)
While these proteins are awesome alternatives for lactose-intolerant or vegan-friendly diets, they typically do not offer as high of protein content as whey and casein. While many of these proteins offer great benefits of providing fatty acids, amino acids, and hypoallergenic options, they tend to be pricier can can be deficient in certain amino acids our bodies need. More on the pros and cons here.
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