Whey Proteins: Blends vs Isolates — Which is Right for You?

Is a purer, more synthesized protein isolate powder right for you, or could you a protein blend work just as well for you? How about a combination of both to balance cost and benefit? Read on to find out more. Before we talk about that though, note that whey blends (also called whey concentrates) and whey isolates from different brands are not identical in composition, which is why prices can vary so much across brands.

You probably already know that whey isolates contain a higher proportion of protein with hardly any carbs and fats. What is less known (and arguably more important), is that isolates are ~99% lactose free. Lactose intolerance is a common thing among many of us, even though we may have not paid attention to the symptoms enough to realise it. This article in The Times of India earlier this year says that a staggering 60-65% of Indians have some level of lactose intolerance. 

It adds "Milk intolerance can be mild or severe. The symptoms usually begins 30 minutes to two hours after eating or drinking milk or other dairy products. The symptoms also include bloating, pain, cramps, rumbling sound in the belly, gas, vomiting or loose and foamy stools."

If you identify as lactose intolerant, whey isolates might be much better suited to your body, and your decision is made :)

Another approach is to use whey isolates after your workout. The higher BCAA concentrations in isolates means they are absorbed faster by the body. Because whey blends have relatively higher carbs and fats, they are comparatively slower digesting, and generally a bit nicer tasting, making them better for people who have a protein shake in place of a snack or a meal.

Whichever approach is right for you, The NutriHub, as always, will bring you a wide choice of brands and flavours at extremely competitive prices. Happy training! 💪