Ask Alfonso: Should I Switch Protein Powders?
Hi there Alfonso, I hope all is well:)
Love your blog, btw!
So here is my dilemma: About a month ago I started taking whey protein after my workouts. Recently though, I’ve started to experience what might be symptoms of whey intolerance (I don’t think it is really an allergy hence the effects were rather slow to appear).
I started searching for options to Whey Protein Powders out there and Egg Protein appears to be the best one. What do you think? I’ve read it takes longer than whey to digest (but not as long as casein) so that would be my main concern, if it would affect negatively the repair of my muscle fibers after a workout…
I don’t live in the US and I’ve searched everywhere for Soy Protein but it doesn’t seem to be an option.
Thanks so much for taking the time man, you rock:)
Hey Lyvia, you’re not alone.
Many people have trouble finding the right protein powder to use. The first thing I’ll ask you is which type of Whey were you taking? Was it the Isolate or Concentrate variety? It’s even possible that you were using the lower quality Hydrolysate. The real differences here are how available the whey is and the amount of lactose found in each powder. In many cases, when people switch to the isolate variety they don’t experience any side effects as it contains the least amount of fat and lactose. Unless you have a true allergy, usually the culprit behind stomach issues or other symptoms is from cheaply produced and low grade powders. So perhaps check what you were using and if it wasn’t isolate, try it out.
It IS true that egg protein digests more slowly and while it’s a great addition to your nutrition plan, it doesn’t pack the same muscle building punch – at least not on paper. Are the differences going to be extremely noticeable? Honestly no. When you use supplements like protein powders, vitamins and other exercise aids, they give you a slight edge, but nothing is going to work miracles if your program isn’t on par or your diet is lackluster. Sure egg protein may digest a bit slower, but what you’re worrying about is so minuscule when you compared to how ‘tight’ the rest of your program is. That said the great thing about whey protein is that it digests very quickly, so taking a shake right after your workout can jump start the repair and recovery process. So I’d definitely give the Isolate a try. But keep in mind – there are plenty of people who exercise and don’t even drink shakes. You know that of course I do!
Which brings me to my next question – can’t you order different varieties of powders to try from the web and have them shipped to you? Obviously you have access to the web so I suggest you perform a quick search. You’ll find all varieties of powders including Soy, which by the way would be your last choice. Of all the powders available, I’d stick with Whey first, then Egg, followed by Casein (or a blend of all 3) and use Soy only as a last resort as I feel it’s not really a quality protein source.
So Lyvia try my suggestions and see what happens. Good luck!
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