The subject of whey protein is a fairly large topic: What is it? How does it work in your body? What are the benefits? What are other types of protein? Are there different types of whey protein? Even though there is a lot of information out there about protein, especially in regards to bodybuilding and keeping a healthy body, we want to provide as much knowledge as possible about protein in general and more specifically, whey protein.
At Clean Break Foods, we are passionate about helping everyone (bodybuilders and couch potatoes alike) to lead the highest quality life possible. And that starts with the foods we are eating each and every day. What are you eating for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between? If you are hesitant to answer because you know that what you’re eating isn’t good for you, it’s OK! We’ve all been there! But now it’s time to start making decisions that will benefit your body and your lifestyle. And the good news is that you don’t have to choose foods that lack flavor. Clean Break offers one of the best protein cookies available and it uses all-natural ingredients, like coconut flour and whey protein, to give your body what it wants and needs.
Let’s Learn About Protein!
What is it?
To answer this, we need to go back to science class and take a look at what makes up our body. Proteins are organic compounds made up of molecules. Each molecule is made up of amino acids, which are a crucial part of living organisms and each part of the organism, such as muscle, hair, collagen, enzymes, and antibodies.
Protein in foods is the same as protein in your body, strings of amino acids that create longer chains. How the amino acids create these chains determines the structure and function of the protein. There are actually 20 amino acids in your body that make up each type. These 20 amino acids fall into two categories:
- Essential Amino Acids: There are nine essential amino acids and these aren’t made by the body, so they must be obtained from the food we eat.
- Nonessential Amino Acids: The other 11 amino acids are made by the body from the essential amino acids, they can be consumed in food, or they are obtained by the body breaking down proteins.
If you’re looking to increase your protein intake, it can be found in a variety of foods, including our healthy protein cookie! Stock up on beans, lead meat, nuts and seeds, seafood, and soy products.
How Does Protein Work in Your Body?
You’ve probably heard the phrase “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” And you’ve probably heard your doctor, friends, or a nutritionist say that a good breakfast contains quality protein to fuel you through the morning. The reasoning behind this is that protein gives your body energy. So when you scramble up an egg for breakfast, each gram of protein turns into four calories. These calories give your body the energy and fuel it needs.
What Are The Benefits?
Having a diet of healthy, quality protein provides your body with energy, but that’s not the only way it benefits your body.
- Children especially need protein to help their bodies grow and develop.
- When you’re working out or if you strain a muscle, protein is part of what helps your body build and repair cells and body tissue.
- Protein makes up a large part of your body, including skin, hair, nails, muscle, bone, organs, and even body fluids!
- Protein helps your body function — blood clotting, immune response, vision, and the production of hormones.
- When you consume protein, you’re also giving your body vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B, D, and E, iron, and zinc.
- Protein helps facilitate weight loss. Some foods require more energy to process, meaning you burn more calories processing the food. Protein is one of them!
Types of Protein?
As we mentioned before, proteins are made up of strings of amino acids that form different types of protein. So what are some of the different types of protein?
- Whey: Think cheese. Whey is the liquid part of milk that is separated during the cheese making process. Whey is then processed to turn it into a protein powder. Depending on how it was processed, there are three types of whey proteins, which we discuss below.
- Plant: Plant protein typically comes from pea or soy products, but can also come from rice or other vegetables. Because plant proteins don’t have as many amino acids, they aren’t considered complete. However, they are easier to digest.
- Casein: This type of protein makes it easier for your body to slowly release the protein. Take this before you go to sleep at night and you’re body will rebuild muscle.
Types of Whey Protein?
- Concentrate: This type is between 70 and 80 percent protein and contains milk, sugar, and fat. Protein concentrate can sometimes be hard to digest.
- Isolate: This type is around 90 percent protein, has very low carbs/sugars, and is quickly absorbed by the body. This is the type of whey used in our protein cookies! Shop for the best protein cookies and try them as a pre or post-workout snack.
- Hydrolysate: This type can be absorbed the fastest, but can cause a greater spike in insulin levels.
So there you have it! Some basic information about protein to help get you started leading a healthy life. The next challenge is finding a delicious snack that is full of beneficial protein. Well, Clean Break thinks we have just the thing.
Our protein cookies are made with only nine all-natural ingredients, including coconut flour, sugar, and oil, dark chocolate chips, sunflower lecithin, vanilla, baking soda, unfiltered water, and of course, our single-source grass-fed whey protein isolate. Our protein blend is lactose-free, easily absorbed, and helps lower your blood pressure. If you’re looking for a healthy and tasty protein cookie, order yourself a package and indulge! No longer do you need to sacrifice flavor to feel good about the foods you’re eating.