Nutrition fact of the week – what is whey protein?
Whey is acquired through the process of cheesemaking when we combine a coagulant with the acidified milk which then separates into a watery substance (whey) and curds (casein). In simple terms, the watery byproduct which is the whey can be dried and sold as powder which is what we find in whey protein supplements!
Whey is a high-quality protein meaning it contains all the amino acids. It is quickly absorbed due to its high amino acid content – this is why it is a protein recommended to be consumed post-exercise!
In terms of a plant-based protein soy is the most effective protein that has been tested so far! (It’s even suggested it is more effective than casein for protein synthesis).
So, a practical application when it comes to protein consumption is including whey protein in your post-training snack!