Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a Mr. Olympia, you want the best protein sources to heal your muscles after any workout. That’s why in this article I am going to share my thoughts on Protein Isolate vs Protein Concentrates and which one you should be taking.
All in all, there are a lot of different types of protein sources out there, you have protein isolates, whey protein concentrates, casein protein, egg protein, vegan protein, etc. but in this article, we are just going to talk about the most common two which are Protein Isolates and Protein Concentrates.
Before I get to deep with this post let me just state that protein supplements aren’t the end all be all to muscle gaining and you should only supplement for what you are not getting in your diet.
For example, if I can’t eat 250g of protein per day and that’s how much I need to build muscle, then this is when you should supplement a shake. Shakes are great for convenience sake but whole food is key at the end of the day.
You should always go to whole foods first and foremost.
Protein Isolate Vs. Protein Concentrate
Protein isolates are the most basic and purest form of proteins. They can become isolated by cold filtrated or pressed. They are quickly absorbed and don’t have any fillers. Protein concentrates are concentrated protein sources with added fillers, relatively cheaper, and have a higher macronutrient profile.
The Top 4 Biggest Differences Between Protein Concentrates
The first main difference of the 2 proteins is the cost. Protein Isolate is about 70-100 bucks. Protein Concentrate is about 25-50 bucks depending on the brand and the serving size on the tab.
If you’re a broke college student or if you’re just plain out broke and struggling with money, I’m not going to waste my time with telling you that you need to be taking an Isolate. You need to supplement with whatever suits your financial needs.
All throughout college, I took Whey Protein Concentrates, but if I could’ve afforded an isolate, I would have.
When I’m talk about absorption, I am not talking about the time that it takes for it to be absorbed in the bloodstream. I am talking about what is on the back of the label.
When you look at the label and see that protein concentrates have 25 grams of protein, you’re really not getting 25 grams of protein per scoop. You are probably getting 13 or 17 grams because of the added fillers. This is a huge deciding factor of mine because it messes up your whole macro intake count.
Let me explain, if you’re trying to build muscle you could be taking in a decrease of calories and that just throws everything off of your calorie count.
As for the Protein Isolate, it is usually spot on. If it says 30 gram of protein you are really going to get that 30 grams of protein. If it says 1 gram of fat you really got 1 gram of fat. This leads me to my next point, the macros.
In Whey Concentrates, you have fillers and what are those fillers? They are added sugars so it taste a little bit better and added fats.
You are getting more “added” substances to make up the protein make up which sucks!
In the beginning of my post I mentioned that your protein supplement source should be something as close to whole foods as possible.
In a chicken breast, you do not want extra carbs in it if possible, right?
In a protein concentrate you could also gain 5 to 10 (or worst 20 grams!) of carbohydrates in the protein per scoop.
My last point, the taste absolutely matters. I’ve tried many protein concentrates that shouldn’t be consumable and its no wonder why so many people get turned off by protein shakes, its because they get this cheap protein from Wal-Mart or Walgreens and it taste like complete crap.
Get a higher quality Whey Concentrate from GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, or Bodybuilding.com
The taste from branded Whey Concentrates are much better than non-brands.
Protein Isolates are usually spot on with the taste. If it says chocolate milk, it will taste like chocolate milk or whatever it promised to taste like. It tastes better because it’s more of a quality product, the macro nutrients are truly on point and It’s usually micro-filtered, cold pressed, double filtrated or any of those things to get it to its purest forms.
If I were you, I will go with whatever your wallet is allowing you to go with first. If you can’t afford the Isolate, go get the Concentrate.
You’re still going to get the protein, but you just have to make sure you are spot on with your macronutrients.
If you have a little extra cash, I would highly suggest that you go with the Protein Isolate BUT at the end of the day, ladies and gentlemen, we ONLY supplement for the foods we are not getting in our diet. So if you can eat your foods according to your goal weight, then eat your way to it but if you’re always on the run and have a busy schedule the protein shakes are the way to go.
At the end of the day-> they are pretty convenient. So I always have at least one on hand. :)
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