Difference between Whey Protein Concentrate, Isolate and Hydrolyzed!
Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC)
The amount of protein in whey protein concentrate can vary between 25-89%. The whey protein powder supplements that you find in health and nutrition stores often list whey protein concentrate on the label. This type of whey protein is usually 80% protein. The rest of the product consists of lactose (4-8%), fat, minerals, and moisture.
Whey Protein Isolate (WPI)
WPI is the purest form of whey protein available and contains between 90-95% proteins. It is a good protein source for individuals with lactose intolerance as it contains little or no lactose. WPIs are also very low in fat. The cost of a WPI will be slightly higher than WPC due to the purity and higher protein content of the product.
Hydrolyzed Whey Protein
The long protein chains in the whey protein have been broken down into shorter chains called peptides. This makes this type of whey protein more easily absorbed by the body and may reduce the potential for allergic reactions. Hydrolyzed whey protein is often used in infant formulas and sports and medical nutrition products. Hydrolysis does not reduce the nutritional quality of the whey protein.
|Whey Protein Concentrate 1||25-89%||4-52%||1-9%||Protein beverages and bars, confectionery and bakery products, infant formula and other nutritional food products|
|Whey Protein Isolate||90-95%||0.5-1%||0.5-1%||Protein supplementation products, protein beverages, protein bars and other nutritional food products|
|Hydrolyzed Whey Protein||80-90%||0.5-10%||0.5-8%||Infant formula and sports and medical nutrition products|
What Type Of Protein Is Best For You?
Whey concentrate is one of the most basic forms of protein that is found in many protein tubs on the shelves of supplement stores. People who are looking for an inexpensive protein source will find tubs of strictly whey protein concentrate with a lower price tag.
This is a great starting point for beginners and those looking to add protein to their diet without making your wallet lighter. Some people will find though that they have a hard time digesting the concentrates and will end up feeling a little gassy and bloated.
Whey concentrate can be used both pre and post workout and can also be used as a snack in between meals. This is not a preferred source of protein to be used at night.
Isolates are one of the quickest absorbing proteins (but not the quickest-we will get to that soon enough). People will find this source of protein to be a bit on the expensive side (more-so than whey concentrates), but not near as expensive as the protein we will be touching on next.
These proteins are perfect for those with low carb diets. Many of the protein tubs on the market these days that are strictly whey isolates have very low if any carbs/sugars. Isolates are great pre and post workout as they are absorbed quickly and can supply the muscle the nutrients needed to help recover and grow.
Hydrolysate protein is the most expensive source of protein you will find on the markets these days and is the highest quality of protein available. They provide highly absorbable peptides that can have a great anabolic effect (highest absorption rate of the proteins available).
Hydrolysate protein is also much better on the digestive system compared to whey concentrates. This protein can be used both pre and post workout.