List of Pros and Cons of Whey Protein
Whey protein was once something used mainly by professional athletes, but in the last fifteen years or so it has become something used by the masses. There has been a lot of debate over the benefits and negative effects of consuming whey protein.
Keep in mind there are actually different types of whey protein. Hydrolyzed Whey Protein is easy to absorb, but there is much debate over its actual effectiveness. Whey Protein Concentrate is one of the least expensive types, but it has more lactose and fat in it. Whey Protein Isolate is usually the most expensive type, but it is also the most pure and easiest to absorb.
There are many success stories, but just as many failed attempts at building muscle. Below is a compiled list of the pros and cons of using whey protein, so you can decide for yourself!
List of Pros of Whey Protein
1. For the most part, liquids are digested more easily than solid food. So drinking a protein shake or putting whey protein into a smoothie will allow your body to absorb the protein that much more quickly. With this shorter absorption time you will rebuild muscle better after a workout!
2. It’s very easy to carry around with you! It’s much less complicated to carry around a shake or a baggie/carton of protein powder than a lunchbox or Tupperware with carbs and lean meat.
3. If you want to gain muscle and weight fast, protein is an excellent source of added calories. It’s much more pleasant to consume some whey protein than try to force yourself to eat all day.
4. There have been numerous studies conducted that show whey protein may actually improve your immunity, lower cortisol levels, reduce stress and reduce your likelihood of getting cancer.
List of Cons of Whey Protein
1. This is certainly one of the more expensive routes to go to build muscle and weight. Whey protein can range from $15 to $35 a pound.
2. Particularly for women and people who are actually trying to lose weight (as well as gain muscle) whey protein may not be your best choice. Like it was sad in the “Pros” section, whey protein has a lot of added calories. This could make weight loss that much more difficult.
3. There can be a lot of additives and chemicals in whey protein. Some brands may include artificial sweeteners and flavors, sugar and xantham gum, among some other unpleasant ingredients. Be sure to read the ingredients label. The most optimum list would include only two ingredients: some type of an enzyme blend and whey protein isolate.
4. Many people have a milk allergy or are lactose intolerant. In this case, whey wouldn’t be a helpful supplement because whey is a byproduct of milk. This could make an allergic person ill and detract from their overall health. BUT if you are careful to purchase whey protein isolate, which has had the lactose removed, then an allergic person should be okay.