How is whey protein made?
The process begins with the use of enzymes being added to milk to form solid curds and liquid whey. The liquid whey is removed and then undergoes micro filtration for more purification and a portion of fats, carbs and water are removed to improve the protein concentration. At this point you have the liquid whey that can be used to create whey protein concentrate, known as WPC.
To get to whey protein isolate(WPI), the WPC then goes through ultrafiltration. The ultrafiltration process takes away much of the remaining fat and lactose leaving only trace amounts of each within the WPI product. This creates a very pure protein with a complete amino acid profile.
The liquid whey created is then evaporated and dried to powder form, packed into our bags and sent to us inPort Melbourne.
What is the difference between WPI and WPC?
WPI and WPC are both derived from milk. Milk consists of whey and casein, roughly 20% and 80% respectively. As you read above, both WPI and WPC have the same starting point with the major difference being the extra filtration step the WPI goes through.
In regards to the final product:
● WPI finishes with a higher protein concentration relative to WPC due to WPI having less carbs and fat. The absolute protein amount per serve is quite similar between both WPI and WPC. The lower fat and carb content may make WPI slightly more suitable for those looking to lose fat.
● The purity and low lactose content in the WPI makes this product more suitable for those that experience digestive distress. During our first release, we surveyed those who have experienced digestive issues with proteins in the past and 100% reported no adverse effects from our WPI and were ecstatic they had a product they could now use in confidence. With that being said, we make no guarantees the product is suitable if you are lactose intolerant or won’t cause digestive distress. We have simply given it the best chance not to and its use is at your own discretion.
● The manufacturing process of WPI is why the cost is slightly higher than the WPC product. They are both still high-quality supplements and great choices either way. In regards to taste and texture, WPI will generally have a thin, smooth blend. WPC will have a creamier but still smooth blend.
● WPI will generally be digested and absorbed faster than the WPC due to the trace amounts of fats, carbs and lactose it contains.
Will WPI help me gain muscle?
By itself WPI will not do much. Where it will help you gain muscle is if it is used in conjunction with a well balanced diet accompanied by resistance training. Muscle growth is firstly stimulated by resistance training. We then optimise this process by eating in a calorie surplus with adequate amounts of protein. WPI can therefore be incorporated into our diet to help us consume that adequate amount of protein and increase our calorie intake.
For muscle gain we recommend eating 1.6-2g per kg of bodyweight of protein spread evenly across 3-4 meals i.e If you are a 100kg male (let’s use 1.6g) then you could consume 160g of protein with 40g each meal over 4 meals or 53g each meal over 3 meals.
Please note that these are only general recommendations and for more specific and advanced nutrition coaching you can visit our nutritional coaching page (coming soon).
Will WPI help with my fat loss goal?
WPI by itself won’t be the magic pill for fat loss. However, WPI is definitely a suitable supplement to incorporate in a well-balanced diet, along with a resistance training program to support fat loss.
The only way to lose fat is by being in a calorie deficit. A calorie deficit means that we are consuming less energy than our body needs to function and therefore it will obtain energy by breaking down tissue in the body. Where protein intake comes in is when we look at the difference between ‘weight loss’ and ‘fat loss’. If we go into a deficit without resistance training, we will lose weight (muscle and fat). If we go into a deficit but continue to resistance train and keep our protein intake high we will give our body every reason to retain the muscle we have previously built and focus its attention on fat tissue.
For fat loss we recommend eating roughly 1.8-2.4g per kg of bodyweight of protein spread evenly across 3-4 meals. i.e If you are a 100kg male (let’s use 2g) then you could consume 200g of protein with 50g each meal over 4 meals or 67g each meal over 3 meals.
Please note that these are only general recommendations and for more specific and advanced nutrition coaching you can visit our coaching page (coming soon).
Why do I need protein powder?
Adequate protein intake regardless of your goal is important. Whether it be serious physique goals or just general health, protein has a role to play. What you first need to know is that our WPI has a complete amino acid profile meaning it contains all essential amino acids. This means that it can act as a direct substitute to other protein sources (mainly meat) that are also complete proteins. So when might we recommend our WPI as part of a well balance diet?
If you struggle to hit protein targets:
Our WPI is a very pure protein. As coaches we find that many people will come to us unknowingly eating very little protein. The beauty of our WPI is that you are getting a good hit of protein with hardly anything else! So if you think you could be low on protein or you’re struggling to find ways to hit your protein targets then this could before you.
We are all subject to busy times in our lives, these situations require us to sometimes grab food on the go. Unfortunately, we are usually surrounded by low quality, calorie dense foods which are hard to resist. Having a protein shake with you will mean you have a quick and easy protein source you can have by itself or to compliment another meal.
For those that don’t like to eat much meat:
As mentioned above, meat is predominately the other main source that we can get a complete amino acid profile from. For some, the thought of eating meat for most of the week to hit their protein targets is off putting and this is where a protein shake can come in handy.
Can I use protein powder while pregnant or breastfeeding?
The consumption of our protein during pregnancy is not a recommendation we are willing to make. We ask that you consult with your general practitioner prior to consuming any of our products while pregnant or breastfeeding.
There is limited evidence in the area, however protein remains an important macronutrient for both mother and baby during pregnancy and breastfeeding. In terms of the recommended amount of protein to consume, this will vary between stages of your pregnancy and again we ask that you consult you GP.
In regards to the consumption of our protein during pregnancy. There are many whole food sources in which you can obtain protein. With that being said, the main concern around supplements is the extra ingredients and additives not necessarily the protein. We have taken every precaution necessary in providing a product that is all natural and with minimal ingredients.
Will our WPI cause any digestive stress or bloating?
A very common complaint amongst protein powders is the digestive distress they cause to the consumer. For that reason we wanted to create a product that addressed this issue as best we can. The best way we could think of doing so was to use the least amount of ingredients possible, with all these ingredients being natural.
From our first run of product we surveyed those who have experienced digestive distress from protein powders in the past.We had an overwhelmingly positive response with all of these individuals turning into repeat buyers due to the protein NOT causing any digestive issues.
Whilst we can’t make an absolute promise that this will be the same experience for you, we have done everything we canto give our products the best possible chance of sitting well with the consumer.