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Whey protein is a staple in most athletes’ diets for a good reason: it’s digested quickly, absorbed efficiently, and easy on the tastebuds.

Prices are all over the place, however, ranging from less than $10 per pound, to over $20 per pound, and marketing claims used to justify various price points range from sensible to ludicrous.

So what gives? Does whey live up to the hype? Are all types of whey equal?

Let’s lift the veil of mystery on whey protein, so you can make an informed choice, and get the right product for the right price.

WHAT IS WHEY PROTEIN, ANYWAY, AND WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?

Whey is a byproduct of cheese production. It’s a relatively clear liquid left over after milk has been curdled and strained, and it used to be disposed of as waste.

It was later discovered that it contains an impressive array of complete proteins necessary for protein synthesis and hypertrophy, and thus, the whey protein supplement was born.

But why is whey protein so big in the health and fitness world.

Well, whey protein is especially popular with athletes and bodybuilders because of its amino profile, which is high in leucine.[1][2][3] Leucine is an essential amino acid that plays a key role in initiating protein synthesis.[4]

Due to its rapid digestion and abundance of leucine, whey protein is a particularly good for post-workout nutrition. Several studies have shown that whey protein following weightlifting can stimulate more muscle growth that other options such as casein or soy protein.[5][6][7]

So yes, there’s a good reason why whey protein is so popular. But not all whey products are equal.

CONCENTRATES, ISOLATES, HYDROLYSATES, OH MY!
WHICH SHOULD YOU BUY?

The three forms of whey protein sold are whey concentrate, isolate, and hydrolysate.

Whey concentrate is the least processed form and cheapest to manufacture, and it contains some fat and lactose. Whey concentrates range from 35 – 80% protein by weight, depending on quality.[8]

Whey isolate is a form of whey protein processed to remove the fat and lactose. Isolates are 90%+ protein by weight.[9] As it’s more expensive to manufacture than whey concentrate, it’s more expensive for consumers too.

Whey hydrolysate is a predigested form of whey protein that’s very easily absorbed by the body, and free of allergenic substances found in milk products.[10][11] Due to high manufacturing costs, whey hydrolysate is the most expensive of the three options.

So which should you buy?

Well, when choosing a whey, you have a few things to consider.

While isolates and hydrolysates are pushed as superior to concentrates due to purity and higher protein concentrations per scoop, there’s insufficient evidence to support claims that they are superior to concentrates when used as a part of a mixed diet.

That said, choosing the cheapest whey you can find, which will always be a concentrate, isn’t always a good idea, either.

A quality whey concentrate is somewhere around 80% protein by weight, but inferior concentrates can have as little as 30% protein by weight. What else is in there, then? Unfortunately we can only wonder, as adulteration (the addition of fillers like maltodextrin and flour) is startlingly rampant in this industry.[12]

In many cases, you’ll get what you pay for. If the product is priced far below the average, it’s probably because it’s made with inferior ingredients.

High prices aren’t always indicative of high-quality, though. Disreputable supplement companies pull other tricks, such as starting with a low-quality concentrate, adding small amounts of isolate and hydrolysate to create a “blend,” and then calling attention to the isolate and hydrolysate in their marketing and packaging.

To protect yourself as a consumer, always check ingredient lists and serving sizes and amounts of protein per serving before buying protein powder.

Specifically, you’re going to want to look at the order in which the ingredients are listed (ingredients are listed in descending order according to predominance by weight), and the amount of protein per scoop relative to the scoop size.

For instance:

A high-quality whey protein is easy to spot:

INTRODUCING LEGION WHEY+
100% WHEY ISOLATE, ADDED LEUCINE, AND NO ARTIFICIAL JUNK

WHEY+ contains 100% whey isolate, and little else.

We decided to use 100% whey isolate in WHEY+ for a few reasons:

  1. 100% isolate means you’re getting a high-quality protein powder, period. When you buy a whey concentrate, you don’t really know what you’re getting in terms of protein by weight. Not so with isolate–you’re getting the purest whey protein you can buy.
  2. Many people are lactose intolerant to some degree, and whey isolates contain practically no lactose. That means better digestability, and less upset stomachs.
  3. Whey isolate tastes and mixes better than whey concentrate.

We chose not to use whey hydrolysate because the research available isn’t conclusive enough to warrant your spending the extra money on it (and it’s very  expensive).

But there are many 100% isolates out there, you might be thinking. What makes WHEY+ worth trying?

ADDITIONAL LEUCINE IN EVERY SERVING

As you know, leucine is the essential amino acid primarily responsible for activating protein synthesis. Research indicates that adding additional leucine to whey. can help further stimulate muscle growth.

One study conducted by Maastricht University with 8 men showed that whey protein and carbohydrates with additional leucine (8 grams) consumed after resistance training stimulated more muscle growth than whey protein and carbohydrates alone.[13]

The reason we’ve chosen to add 4 grams per serving, and not 8, is because most guys consume 40-50 grams of protein in their post-workout shake, which would be about 2 servings of WHEY+.

DELICIOUS FLAVOR, AND NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, DYES, OR FILLERS

WHEY+ tastes great, and is naturally sweetened. While artificial sweeteners may not be as dangerous as some people claim, studies suggest that regular consumption of these chemicals may indeed be harmful to our health, and that more research is needed.[14][15][16][17][18][19]

We’ve chosen to stay on the safe side and use the natural sweetener stevia, instead.

Stevia is a plant with sweet leaves, and research has shown that it increases insulin sensitivity, helps regulate blood glucose levels, has anti-carcinogenic properties, decreases oxidative stress associated with eating large amounts of carbohydrates, possibly reduces blood pressure and inflammation in the body, lowers LDL-C levels, and protects the kidneys.[20][21][22][23]

And in case you’re worried that naturally sweetened means “horrible tasting,” that isn’t the case here. We’ve taken special care to ensure that WHEY+ tastes delicious mixed in water, milk, and dairy substitutes like rice, oat, and almond milk.

We don’t use monosodium glutamate (MSG) in any of our products. Yet another chemical often found in commercial whey proteins is MSG, which is used to hide the natural bitter flavor of whey.[24]

The safety MSG is the subject of ongoing scientific discussion, but research has shown that some people experience uncomfortable symptoms upon eating it, and that it can be neuroactive in the brain when consumed in high dosages.[25][26]

Due to the potential risks and unknowns, we chose to leave it out of WHEY+.

GREAT VALUE

Let’s start with what you’re getting in every serving of WHEY+. Each serving contains:

This is the beauty of a high-quality isolate. You get a ton of protein in every serving, with little-to-no carbohydrates or fats.

Every bottle of WHEY+ contains # servings, which means no running out of protein every 2 weeks.

THE BOTTOM LINE

If you’re looking for a high-quality, healthy whey isolate, WHEY+ is hard to beat:

 

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[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12832028

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17367997

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22818257

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17478528

[5] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19589961

[6] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15570142

[7] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21045172

[8] http://naldc.nal.usda.gov/download/10270/PDF

[9]http://naldc.nal.usda.gov/download/10270/PDF

[10] http://www.jssm.org/vol3/n2/1/v3n2-1abst.php

[11] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18727562

[12] http://www.fda.gov/downloads/NewsEvents/MeetingsConferencesWorkshops/UCM163645.ppt

[13] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15562251

[14] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18800291

[15] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3202359/

[16] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23097267

[17] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18535548

[18] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3220878/

[19] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2892765/

[20] http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2006/9241660546_eng.pdf

[21] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23140911/

[22] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22823347

[23]http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21663490

[24] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22809256

[25] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9215242

[26] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12160896

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