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Is it necessary to take Protein Shakes?

Updated on January 30, 2014

There are a lot of different supplements out there that is being advertised saying " you should take this, you should take that" to get muscular. And most people immediately believe what they see. Supplements such as pre workout, intra workout and post work outs supplements are advertised almost everyday. The sad thing about it is people keeps on buying it even if they are on a tight budget expecting good results from it.

There are a lot of protein supplements such as whey, casein, egg whites and etc. but in this article I will be talking about one supplement which is whey protein that is one of the mostly talked about supplements today.

What is Whey?

Whey is a protein that is derived in dairy products and are a by product of cheese production. Back in the days, whey is just a waste product and they simply throw these products out in the rubbish bin. Now, because of some genius who discovered the usage of whey, it has been in most market sold as a dietary suppleme

Types of Whey Protein

There are 3 different types of whey protein currently in the market today: Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC), Whey Protein Isolate (WPI), and Whey Protein Hydrolysate (WPH).

  • Whey protein concentrate is a typically product being filtered once which means there is still some form of fat and carbohydrates ( in the form of lactose) left in it. It is not as pure as the other products but it still gives a good amount of protein supplement in it. Generally, they are 80% protein and 20% fats and carbohydrates.

  • Whey Protein Isolate is similar to that of WPC but is a more pure product with regards to the protein content. This type of whey has been filtered again to remove excess fats and carbohydrates in it. Basically, this product does not contain lactose on it anymore, so for people who are lactose intolerant this would be the best source of whey for you. This would generally be 90% protein content on it. This is also more expensive than WPC due to its pure form.

  • Whey Protein Hydrolysate this type of whey is the purest of all. It is mainly protein on it and has been hydrolyzed for easy metabolism in the body. This protein is quite expensive due to its higher quality production. This is also a less allergic compared to other forms of whey.

Here is an example Optimum Nutrition's Whey product comparison
Here is an example Optimum Nutrition's Whey product comparison

Is it necessary?

Back to the question, is it necessary to take these product?

This will depend on what your aiming for. For people who go to the gym, they need a moderate amount of protein for example 1 gram of protein per body weight. This would be quite difficult to achieve when you simply consume whole foods. That is why they take these shakes for them to get the right amount of protein to build muscle. But don't get me wrong, whole foods such as chicken, beef, and pork are still the best sources of protein.

If you are not working out, going to the gym and stuff, then there is no need for you to take these products. Also if you can reach the amount of protein you need by eating whole foods then there is no reason for you to take this product as well.

Are they safe to take?

Whey protein is 100% safe to take since it comes from dairy products.

All you need to know about Whey Protein by Fusaro Fitness

Is it necessary to take why protein shakes when going to the gym?

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