Protein powders are widely sold and used in the United States however there are different kinds and they can have different affects on our exercise routines. The two most common types of protein that companies manufacture are whey or casein powders. The difference between the two can make all the difference in your workout, but keep in mind that these powders are only necessary if you are not getting enough protein from dietary sources.
Whey is an extremely fast digesting protein that is also complete and high quality. This protein is about 20-25% of the protein found in milk.
Casein is also a high quality complete protein but is about 75-80% of the protein found in milk. This protein digests more slowly than whey.
Overall, both are high quality protein powders but their effects are very different. Researching the different types along with the safety of them will be greatly helpful in determining which is best for you. Always keep in mind these supplements are completely unnecessary when getting a balanced diet and can be dangerous.
Drinking a beverage, such as chocolate milk, contains both!
Guest Blogger: Alyssa Gehle, USD Dietetic Intern