What Everyone Ought To Know About The Types of Protein

STOP! Don’t drink that protein shake! What kind of protein are you consuming and what purpose is it fulfilling? There are many types of protein and our bodies interpret and use them differently. Here’s the Saiyan roadmap to protein.

Animal Protein

Sources: Anything you may consume that is made of up of animals such as eggs, chicken, beef, pork, fish, etc.

Key Point: Animal proteins contains all essential and non-essential amino acids. Our bodies love this as a protein source. Try to eat most of your protein by eating meat.

Whey Protein

Sources: Whey protein powder in all forms (whey isolate, whey protein, etc.), dairy products

Key Point: Whey is the fastest absorbing protein in our body. When our body lacks protein (right after a work-out), this protein is often consumed to propel muscle recovery. It’s rate of absorption is only 10 gram per hour, though, so anything in excess won’t be absorbed.

Casein Protein

Sources: Dairy products such as yogurt, milk, ice cream, casein protein powder

Key Point: Our bodies absorb casein extremely slowly because it thickens. Therefore casein is best taken as a last meal or prior to sleep so that your body can absorb it over the course of the night. You can opt for casein if you don’t need to think about digestion/absorption of protein.

Soy Protein

Source: Soy beans and soy products such as beansprouts, tofu, etc.

Key points: Soy protein is often considered inferior to the bodybuilding and fitness industry due to its high content of isoflavone, a compound that is close to estrogen. Some studies have claimed that high consumption of soy protein reduces testosterone; however, many studies show that there is NO link between testosterone and soy protein. Soy protein does contain a wealth of health benefits due to its high amount of antioxidants. Bottom line? Unless you’re competing in a body building competition, soy protein can be an excellent source of lean protein.

Rice Protein

Source: Rice and Wheat

Key Points: A vegetarian protein that can be used for protein source. However, due to the large amount of carbohydrate in rice, it is often not used as a significant protein source unless isolated (vegetarian protein powder).


The Take Away

Just make sure you fit your macronutrient requirements. Try to consume your protein from whole foods and meat sources. I would also suggest that you take whey protein after workouts and a casein protein before bedtime; however, it really does not matter all too much. There’s no need to be neurotic about what you’re taking.

There you have it.


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