PROTEIN

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WPC, WPI AND HYDROLYSED WPI?

All of WPC, WPI and Hydrolysed WPI come from the same starting point - whey. Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) is produced by pushing milk through an extremely small filter which separates the proteins from water, lactose, fat and other materials. WPC is a great-tasting source of protein which is easily absorbed into the body, delivered to muscles and is low in fat and carbohydrates (lactose). The key difference between these types of protein is the level of filtration. WPI takes WPC and puts it through another level of filtration which makes it even higher in protein content and lower in fat and lactose. Hydrolysed WPI is WPI that has been further broken down, producing even smaller protein molecules that are more rapidly absorbed into the blood stream for quicker delivery to muscles. Choosing the right whey protein requires you to take into consideration your goals, budget, and any allergies you may have. For example, since WPC containsrelatively higher amounts of lactose, anyone who is lactose intolerant should avoid it, however for those with no such issues, WPC represents an extremely cost effective, great-tasting, complete source of protein. Since WPIs undergo more processing, they tend to be more expensive and taste a little thinner,however they mix extremely easily and contain a higher amount of protein per serving which is important for people trying to build lean muscle. WPIs, and particularly hydrolysed proteins, are more rapidly absorbed than concentrates so tend to be more popular as a post-training supplement to slow muscle catabolism (breakdown) and aid recovery. A popular choice for those looking for a good quality protein blend is ND Total Whey which is a WPC/WPI blend with a great tasteand fast absorption rate. All of WPC, WPI and Hydrolysed WPI come from the same starting point - whey. Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) is produced by pushing milk through an extremely small filter which separates the proteins from water, lactose, fat and other materials. WPC is a great-tasting source of protein which is easily absorbed into the body, delivered to muscles and is low in fat and carbohydrates (lactose). The key difference between these types of protein is the level of filtration. WPI takes WPC and puts it through another level of filtration which makes it even higher in protein content and lower in fat and lactose. Hydrolysed WPI is WPI that has been further broken down, producing even smaller protein molecules that are more rapidly absorbed into the blood stream for quicker delivery to muscles. Choosing the right whey protein requires you to take into consideration your goals, budget, and any allergies you may have. For example, since WPC containsrelatively higher amounts of lactose, anyone who is lactose intolerant should avoid it, however for those with no such issues, WPC represents an extremely cost effective, great-tasting, complete source of protein. Since WPIs undergo more processing, they tend to be more expensive and taste a little thinner,however they mix extremely easily and contain a higher amount of protein per serving which is important for people trying to build lean muscle. WPIs, and particularly hydrolysed proteins, are more rapidly absorbed than concentrates so tend to be more popular as a post-training supplement to slow muscle catabolism (breakdown) and aid recovery. A popular choice for those looking for a good quality protein blend is ND Total Whey which is a WPC/WPI blend with a great tasteand fast absorption rate.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHEY, MICELLAR CASEIN AND CALCIUM CASEINATE?

Whey and Casein are dairy proteins found in milk. Casein is made from curds as in 'curds and whey'. Whey is considered a fast protein, because it is rapidly digested in as little as an hour, whereas casein is a slow protein that is digested over several hours. The differences between Micellar Casein and Calcium Caseinate can at a basic level be compared with the differences between WPC and WPI. MicellarCasein is less denatured, or processed, and has lower levels of protein. Calcium Caseinate on the other hand has been refined to a higher level of purity making it popular with people who wish to minimise fats and carbs in their diet. As a slower release protein, Casein proteins are popular as a night-time pre-sleep supplement which will reduce muscle breakdown and promote growth whilst sleeping.

WHAT IF I AM LACTOSE INTOLERANT OR LACTOSE SENSITIVE?

As Whey Protein is a dairy product, all whey products contain some lactose. WPC contains the most and should therefore be avoided by anyone who is lactose intolerant. WPI and Hydrolysed WPI have been ultra-filtered to the extent that lactose levels are extremely low and many lactose sensitive people find they have no trouble processing these forms of whey. If you are unable to consume any lactose at all, alternative protein sources such as our soy, rice and pea protein powders are recommended.

WHICH PROTEIN TASTES THE BEST?

Naturally this is a subjective question as everyone has different tastes. Having said that, we have thoroughly taste-tested our products to deliver a range of great tasting proteins for you as we only want to sell products that we enjoy in the hope that you do too. The caveat to this is that some sources of protein mix better, have nicer consistency and tend to taste better than others. In our opinion, the less refined whey products taste the best withhigher levels of carbohydrates tending to make them creamier (e.g. Mass Gainers, WPCs, WPC/WPI Blends and Meal Replacements). The other proteins can be more of an acquired taste as either the source product (i.e. rice, soy, pea) has a distinct aftertaste that may take some getting used to if you have never tried them before (but will be familiar to regular consumers), or the level of filtration/purity/refinement can result in a thinner, more watery taste.

The challenge for anyone making protein powders is finding the balance between flavour and purity. Generally, the more natural a product, the less tasty it becomes. The more flavour or sweetener you add, the better the taste profile, but the lower percentage of protein in a given serve. We have tried our best to strike a balance between taste and the nutritional composition in formulating our range of supplements.

Whilst we love the taste of our products, we have tried not to go too far with flavour manipulation. We have also provided a range of 'Naturals' products which have been formulated with only natural flavours and sweeteners. We even have unflavoured options for the total purists out there. If flavour is your priority, then stick with our core range of products. If you are after maximum quality and purity, then consider the unflavoured or 'Naturals' range and remember that you can add these to fruit/vegetable shakes by blending them in with berries, bananas, plain yogurt, nut butters and greens (e.g. chlorella, spirulina, spinach, kale or celery) for an amazing tasting and nutrient-packed 'super shake'.

Whilst we all have differing opinions about flavour, we do care about what you think. We want to keep making our products better and better for you, so if you have any feedback on any of our products, send us an email as weÕd love to hear from you at info@nutrientsdirect.com.

WHICH PROTEIN IS BEST?

There is no single answer to this question. The protein that is best for you may not be for someone else. To make the best choice you will need to consider your particular circumstances, your training goals, any allergies, your taste, your budget, your lifestyle and your training experience level. Review our site and read up as much as you can about our products and educate yourself by doing your own research and study. We will highlight various products in detail in our blogs and regular newsletters to help with your decision. In the meantime, here are some guidelines to make your choice a bit easier:

I'm new to supplementing and/or training

Keep things simple. Start off with a good, pleasant tasting protein. Start with WPC or WPI or even our ND Total Whey to get the best of both. Choose a flavour you know you like, because if you don't like the taste, you'll avoid taking it and miss out on the gains you're looking for.

I'm trying to put on weight and muscle mass is my priority

Our ND Mass Muscleproducts are specifically designed to do this. It includes a large serve of protein and complex carbs to give your muscles all the nutrients and energy they need to grow big.

I'm trying to lose weight

Consider a low carb option like WPC, WPI, HWPI and best of all, ND Hydroxyshred with built in fat metabolisers to help you blast away unwanted fat. I feel sore for days after I train Consider ND Total Whey, with added recovery agents like L-Glutamine and other amino acids to help you recover faster.

I'm Lactose Intolerant or Lactose Sensitive

As whey protein is a dairy product, all whey products contain some lactose. WPC contains the most and should therefore be avoided by anyone with problems associated with lactose digestion. WPI and Hydrolysed WPI have been ultra-filtered to the extent that lactose levels are extremely low and many lactose sensitive people find they have no trouble processing these forms of whey. If you are unable to consume any lactose at all, alternative protein sources such as our soy, rice and pea protein powders are recommended.

I've heard you can lose muscle at night when sleeping. How do I stop this happening?

As a slower release protein, casein proteins are popular as a night-time pre-sleep supplement which will reduce muscle breakdown and promote growth whilst sleeping. I don't want to consume anything artificial Try our range of 'Naturals' products which have been formulated with only natural flavours and sweeteners. You may notice that these products are a little dearer due to the higher cost of all-natural ingredients however we didn't want to compromise on taste for this great tasting range.

When should I take my protein?

This really depends on what you want your protein to do for you. Protein has been shown to be beneficial both before and after training. Consuming before training can reduce protein breakdown, improve protein balance and spare muscle glycogen. It is generally considered most beneficial however, to take faster acting proteins like WPC, WPI, HWPI, ND Total Whey & Mass Muscle within 30 mins of completing your workout for maximum benefit. Taken post-workout it has been shown to stimulate protein synthesis and assist in restoring muscle glycogen when consumed together with carbohydrates. For general muscle maintenance and keeping blood sugar levels steady, proteins can be consumed at any time of day.

How much should I consume in a day?

How much protein you need depends on a few factors, but one of the most important is your activity level. The International Society of Sports Nutrition has set the following recommendations for protein intake:

Important: The body can only absorb so much protein in a given amount of time, so exceeding the recommended amounts can be both a waste of money and unhealthy. When amino acids are catabolised (broken down), it results in a build-up of ammonia which needs to be turned into urea to be excreted. So it is important not to exceed these recommended amounts and drink plenty of clean, filtered water to support your body and help process the protein.