Protein is an important nutrient needed by everyone on a daily basis. Protein is made up of essential and non-essential amino acids, which are the "building blocks" for healthy bodies. Protein has a number of different roles in the body including the following:
All Protein foods are not created equal and can vary in a number of ways including the following:
But, for the Doubting Thomases reading this, you are probably asking "What is Whey Protein? Is it just a new fad?" Whey protein is not something new and has been available for hundreds of years. Doctors and nutrionists have singled out whey protein as a super-star ingredient for weight loss, infant nutrition, immune support, and especially in the area of sports nutrition.
Little Miss Muffet ate it. Remember the nursery rhyme - "eating her curds and whey"? Curds and Whey are the two products formed while making cheese from cow's milk. Although we're much more familiar with cheese, whey protein turns out to be a much better protein for you, your body and your health. It's more soluble which means you can absorb more if and it doesn't stick to your arteries and veins and is easy to disgest. That's one of the reasons it's the best type of protein for infants and children.
Healthy diets should regularly include high quality, low fat sources of protein, like whey protein. Calories do count and you want to make sure that you are getting the most benefit from the calories you consume. Compared to other proteins, on a gram-to-gram basis, whey protein isolate delivers the most essential amino acids to the body but without the fat or cholesterol. Nutrition experts recommend a diet with a variety of protein foods but for optimal results make sure that one of them is whey protein.
Protein needs vary by person depending upon age, weight, sex, activity level and overall health. Athletes and people on healthy lifestyle programs like EnergyFirst often need more protein than the recommended dietary allowance, or RDA. That's because Whey protein is the richest known source of naturally occurring branched chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine). The body requires higher amounts of branched chain amino acids during and following exercise as they are absorbed directly by the skeletal muscles versus first being metabolized through the liver, like other amino acids. Low BCAA levels contribute to fatigue and they should be replaced in one-hour or less following exercise or participation in a competitive event. Many athletes consume a whey protein shake or drink both before and immediately after exercise or an event to help repair and rebuild lean muscle tissue.
You’ll find that there are two main kinds of whey protein sold today - whey protein concentrate and isolate. The isolate is the most pure and concentrated form of protein available. It contains 90% or more protein and very little (if any) fat and lactose. The concentrate form has anywhere between 29% and 80% protein depending upon the product. As the protein level in whey protein concentrate decreases the amounts of fat and/or lactose usually increase.
Whey isolate is ideal everyone, not just professional athletes and body builders. It is a particularly good source of protein for people with special dietary needs like:
As you can see, whey protein has a lot of benefits for you. We, at EnergyFirst, go the extra step and only use the highest quality whey protein in our products. Our whey protein isolate has the highest protein scores available on the market today. There is no better source available today than our EnergyFirst ProEnergy 100% Natural Whey Protein Isolate.
Let us help you reach your goals by making our Whey Protein Powder the cornerstone of your healthy lifestyle. Enjoy the benefits and the great taste of EnergyFirst ProEnergy (available in Vanilla or Chocolate)!
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