Whey protein is the most commonly used protein powder that is currently available on the market. This is largely due to its incredible digestibility rating in humans, as well as its great taste, superior mixability, and wide range of purchasing options. The most basic form of whey protein powder will be a standard whey protein concentrate, which can range anywhere from 35-80% protein content by volume. As a protein source, whey is considered to be a complete protein, with the highest value awarded on the Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS). Here, we will discuss the methods used in producing whey protein concentrate, along with the various forms of the material that are currently available through True Nutrition!
Whey protein is produced as a byproduct of milk or cheese manufacturing. The material is extracted using a cold-water filtration method to remove excess fat and carbohydrates. At this point, the material may be pasteurized and dried to produce a standard whey protein concentrate powder, which will typically contain about 80% protein by volume in most major retail brands. Some whey protein concentrates will later pass through an additional filtration method in order to further reduce the amount fat and carbohydrate content to create whey protein isolate. After a whey protein concentrate has been pasteurized, many of the resulting powders will be spray-dried using an additional agglomerating agent such as soy lecithin or sunflower lecithin in order to improve the mixability of the finished powder in liquid. These materials are typically included at less than 1% total volume.
True Nutrition currently offers three different types of whey protein concentrate to meet the growing demands of our customers. These include:
- Whey Protein Concentrate – Super Grade (1lb.)
- Grass-Fed Whey Protein (1lb.)
- New Zealand Grass-Fed Whey ProteinÂ (1lb.)
Whey Protein Concentrate: By far the most common form of whey protein concentrate on the market, the Whey Protein Concentrate will contain 80% protein content by volume. It offers a light, milky taste that can easily be added to any flavor type or that can be used in any baked good or smoothie mix. Because it has been spray-dried with sunflower lecithin (at less than 1% total volume), Whey Protein Concentrate mixes evenly in liquid by shaking or stirring to provide a thin, watery shake consistency with no grittiness or mouthfeel. For a low cost, high quality whey protein concentrate, the Whey Protein Concentrate cannot be beat!
Grass-Fed Whey Protein: The ultimate in whey protein concentrate technology, Grass-Fed Whey Protein is completely soy-free and hormone-free, and is derived from the skim milk of grass fed cows that are raised in the pastures of Southern Australia. This material will also retain a total of 80% protein by volume, and mixes great without the need for an added lecithin. As an undenatured protein product, it only passes through a single cold-water filtration method, providing a final product that is naturally higher in active bio-nutrients. Grass-Fed Whey Protein is one of the cleanest-tasting proteins on the market, and mixes great with any of our delicious flavoring options!
New Zealand Grass-Fed Whey Protein: New Zealand Grass-Fed Whey Protein is completely soy-free and hormone-free, and is derived from the skim milk of grass fed cows that are raised in the pastures of New Zealand. This material will also retain a total of 80% protein by volume, and uses sunflower lecithin for increased mixibility. As a byproduct of cheese, it passes through two processing methods, providing a final product that is naturally high in active bio-nutrients. New Zealand Grass-Fed Whey Protein is another of the cleanest-tasting proteins on the market, and mixes great with any of our delicious flavoring options!
While whey protein concentrates contain a considerable amount of protein per serving, it should also be noted that they will typically contain a small amount of fat and milk sugars (in the form of lactose). This is a potential cause for gas, bloating, or irritability in some (but not all) users, particularly for those who experience a mild to severe lactose intolerance. Individuals who have suffered from any or all of these symptoms might consider upgrading to a whey protein isolate, or if the symptoms persist, might consider trying one of the following protein alternatives to whey protein concentrate:
*DISCLAIMER: The above description is provided for information only and does not constitute medical advice. Please consult your physician or the appropriately licensed professional before engaging in a program of exercise or nutritional supplementation. No information in this site has been reviewed by the FDA. No product is intended to treat, diagnose, or cure any disease.