Now that we have a bit of background on protein powders, let’s dive a little deeper and break down the various different types. Hopefully you will soon be well-equipped with knowledge to hit your health food store or purchase online from Dr. Restivo. Used to improve overall body composition, increase muscle mass, and assist with meeting your protein needs, powders are available in a variety of different formulations and come in many different sources.
Egg protein. As you know, eggs are one of the best sources of high-quality protein, so it’s no surprise that egg protein is on this list. Known for having quality digestibility and for keeping you full for long periods of time, egg proteins contain top-notch properties. The only downside to having egg protein is that it may not keep you quite as full as a whole egg, simply because the high fat yokes are removed. Egg protein has the second highest source of leucine, the branched-chain amino acids (BCAA’s) that enhances muscle health. Whey comes in as number one in this department. Egg protein is the go-to choose for those who have dairy allergies and want a supplement that has animal protein as its base.
Whey protein. You’ve likely heard about whey protein when it comes to muscle-building and that is because it is known as the leader of BCAA’s, promoting recovery and muscle growth after strength training and endurance exercise. When these amino acids are ingested, they are absorbed in the bloodstream and are quickly available for use during muscle protein synthesis, which is known as the development of new muscle. This type of protein hails from milk and is the resulting liquid that separates from curds during the cheesemaking process. If you have any type of lactose deficiency, it may cause a disruptive digestive system, however; the isolate version of whey actually contains far less lactose because the milk sugar is lost during the conversion.
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