Proteins are a part of every single cell, tissue, and organ in our bodies and are constantly being broken down and therefore need to be replaced, daily. The protein in the foods that we consume, is digested into amino acids that are used to replace these proteins in our bodies.
Ultimately most of your daily protein should come from food sources, however, protein powders offer the advantage of a fast absorbing, high quality protein supplement, in the form of a convenient, easy to mix protein shake, making it easy to get all the protein you need to fuel your active lifestyle.
Fuel SVN Victoria carries a number of different types of protein powders, which include, whey protein hydrolysates, whey protein isolates, whey protein isolate/ concentrate blends, egg protein, casein, multi protein source blends (i.e. whey, milk, egg, casein) and plant based proteins for vegans and vegetarians.
Whey Protein Isolates, Concentrates & Hydrolysates
Whey is a by-product of cheese production, and can be processed in three ways to yield highly bioavailabile (easily digested) protein: as whey isolate, whey concentrate, and whey hydrolysate.
Whey proteins are highly bioavailable, are very quickly absorbed into the body, and have a high concentration of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) which are used to fuel working muscles, stimulate protein synthesis and facilitate muscle recovery.
Whey Isolates yield a higher percentage (up to 90% protein by weight) of pure protein and in most cases, by virtue of the fact that the filtering process used to make whey isolates, renders the whey virtually lactose free, carbohydrate free, fat free, and cholesterol free.
Good Whey Concentrates will provide up to 80% protein per gram. To the uninitiated, it may seem that whey isolates are superior to concentrates, however this is not neccesarily true. While concentrates are lower in protein (on a gram for gram basis), as compared to whey isolates, and are slightly (very slightly) higher in lactose, fat and carbs, they also contain compounds not found in isolates, such as the growth factors, IGF-1, TGF-1, and TGF-2. These growth factors have been shown to strengthen immunity and improve intestinal health.
Whey Hydrolysates are enzymatically predigested for maximal speed of absorption. This process is expensive and is often reflected in the retail price, but is considered by some, to be superior for post-workout muscle recovery and growth. Additionally, some individuals with lactose intolerance, allergies or sensitivites, and cannot tolerate WPC or WPI, can in many cases consume a hydrolysate without any problem.
Egg white protein powder is another highly bioavailable protein supplement with a BV (biological value) 100. In fact it is the standard against which all others proteins are measured.
Eggs are naturally lactose free, so they’re a great choice for active individuals who might be sensitive to dairy-based protein powders.
Optimum Nutrition’s 100% Egg Protein is a good quality choice, if you’re in the market for a non-dairy protein supplement.
Casein is dairy protein and accounts for almost 80% of all proteins found in cow’s milk and between 20% and 45% of the proteins in human milk.. It has a very rich pool of amino acids, almost identical to whey protein.
An attractive property of a casein supplement is that once ingested, it forms a gel or clot in the stomach, which makes it very efficient in nutrient supply. The clot is able to provide a sustained slow release of amino acids into the blood stream, sometimes lasting for several hours, in effect, a “time released” protein. Because of its slow digesting properties, casein is widely used between meals and/or before bed.
For any aspiring bodybuilder, or hardgainer, one of the easiest ways to take in enough protein, and calories to spur on muscle growth, is by supplementing with a weight gainer. Generally speaking, most weight gainers on the market, when used as directed, will supply about 1000 calories per serving (drink). So if you’re a hard gainer, adding an extra 1000 – 2000 calories per day to your diet, could be the difference between hardgainer, and gainer.
Vegan/Vegetarian Protein Supplements
With more and more vegetarians and vegans than any other time in history, so has the demand for non animal protein supplements increased. Brands such as Vega, now make it easy to meet your daily protein requirements with plant based protein formulations that include hemp, rice & pea protein, in a convenient and tasty protein powder.
For individuals looking for something a bit more substantial than whey protein, but with much fewer calories than a weight gainer, there are meal replacements, or MRPs for short.
Some MRPs on the market today come in single serving pouches, such as Labrada Nutrtion’s Lean Body Breakfast MRP. These pouches offer portability & convenience allowing you to tuck one away in your gym bag, lunch bag or purse. All you need to do is add water and shake, and you’ve got a high quality, tasty meal, when you’re unable to eat a whole food meal.