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Phoenix, AZ – Tip from a Local Nutrition / Supplement Store: The Protein Showdown: Which Types of pr

When searching for protein your options are endless. I will break down the different types of protein powders so you know the difference and what proteins will work best for you and your health and fitness goals.


Whey Protein is the most popular of the powders. It is fast digesting and ideal for after your workout and in smoothies. Whey is derived from milk. Milk is made up of two types of proteins; Whey and Casein. Whey is separated to make the powders while Casein gets sent off to make cheese. Whey Protein is a complete protein and contains the highest amount of aminos per serving. Aminos are the building blocks of proteins and help aid in muscle recovery. Branch Chain Amino Acids are essential amino acids meaning you have to get them from food or supplements. BCAAs for short are in all proteins with whey containing the most. We recommend 24 grams – 30 grams of whey protein post workout to aid in muscle recovery.


Casein Protein is a slow digesting protein. It expands in your stomach providing a fullness feeling and can take up to 8 hours to digest. Casein is ideal for bedtime. Taking Casein before you sleep gives your body a sustained amino acid release which can prevent muscle break down and aid in recovery. It can also combat those late night cravings or hunger pains some people experience.


Milk Protein is made up of 20% whey and 80% Casein. Milk protein delivers fast and slow digesting proteins which gives your body a sustained release of amino acids. This protein would be a great add-in to smoothies or at bedtime because it will keep you fuller longer compared to whey.


Egg Protein is a great alternative to milk proteins. Most egg proteins our sourced from egg whites which make the powder have very little to no sugar, carbohydrates, and fats. It does not contain lactose so it would be suitable for people who are lactose intolerant. Some egg proteins are derived from the yolk. This makes them high in fat with moderate protein. This would be great for some one doing the Keto Diet.


Protein blends are combinations of different types of protein powders. Most blends will have a combination of fast, medium, and slow digesting proteins. A very popular product from BSN is Syntha-6. Syntha-6 uses 6 different proteins from whey, milk, egg, and casein.

Beef Protein Isolates are a great option for non-dairy uses. It is derived from steak and contains very low sugar, carbs, and fat. Because its high in L-arginine, an amino acid that enhances blood flow, Beef Protein is a great pre-workout supplement.


Plant Proteins are getting very popular. Most plant proteins are sourced from yellow peas and brown rice but can contain a combination of hemp, chia, cranberry, brown rice, and pea. Most plant proteins are naturally sweetened and flavored and certified organic. Nutrasumma, a local company, makes a great fermented Pea Protein that taste great and easy to digest.

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