Whey Vs. Casein

When choosing which type of protein you wish to be supplementing with, it’s important to know the difference between Whey Protein Powder vs. Casein Protein Powder.

They both have different properties and have different roles in all muscle building and recovery routines.

The two most popular types of Whey Protein are isolate and concentrate.

Whey Protein Concentrate:

Generally the cheapest form of protein supplement available and most popular.

It has higher calories and higher fat content than whey protein isolate as it does not go through such a vigorous filtration process.

Still low in carbohydrates and fats and high in protein (About 80% of total macronutrients).

Keeps it silky, smooth texture when mixed with milk or water and widely available in lots of different flavours.

Give her a good shake mixed with some milk or water!

Whey Protein Isolate:

Compared to Whey Protein concentrate, Isolated Whey has a higher protein content of 90%, compared to the 80% of concentrated whey.

Although often more expensive than whey concentrate, it has the least amount of carbohydrates, fat and calories in comparison to the others available.

It has a very low lactose content which means that those who do not like or respond well to dairy products would be more suited to this type of whey protein.

Best suited to weight loss goals.

The two different types of Whey Protein are therefore very similar, but your decision can be specialised and tweaked to suit your preference of either weight loss or muscle mass improvements.

This leads us onto Casein Protein and how this differs from the two different types of Whey Protein available.

Casein Protein:

More of a slow release protein, that is often taken before bed to release protein into the body with muscle breakdown repair and recovery during sleep.

With the body usually in a catabolic state during sleep, the body uses up amino acids and breaks down muscle to feed itself to survive.

This is why casein is a popular product amongst bodybuilders before bed, and in the morning for those who are very active.

Casein Protein can be released into the body for up to 4 hours as opposed to Whey which is more of a quick shot into the system.

When Should You Consume Each One?

Each protein can have a role to play in your nutrition. Ideally, you could fit both into your personal nutritional plan.

It is recommended that Whey Protein should be consumed before, during or after a workout for the faster rate of absorption into the muscles.

Casein which will be absorbed by the body whilst you sleep, is best taken before you go to sleep which was earlier mentioned.

Therefore, muscle breakdown isn’t as active when supplementing Casein during the night and you can maintain hard earned muscle mass much more effectively.

Whey – Before, During, After Workout

Casein – Before Bed

Easy to remember. Hard to forget. Choose and spend your money wisely.

Published by Thomas Jackson Smith

Personal Trainer. Qualified Strength and Conditioning Coach, Exercise Referral specialist, Football coach and entrepreneur. Interested in health and fitness, exercise prescription, football, nutrition, injury prevention, recovery and mindset improvement. Any views are my own and from my own experience. Looking to build links within the blog community, replying to feedback and offering support so we can learn and grow together!

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