Protein powder supplements are among the most popular on the market today. They are a great way to expedite recovery from workouts, increase dietary protein intake, increase daily caloric intake and provide a sense of satiety for those looking to lose weight.
There are many different types of protein. First are the dairy based ones: whey and casein. Whey is the most common of all the proteins and is the fastest digesting available. Casein is the other milk derived protein and is on the other side of the spectrum, being one of the slowest digesting sources, making it desirable for situations in which you want a more slowly absorbed source such as extended periods in which you can't consume a meal or pre-bed.
Some additional options include powdered animal sources such as beef and egg proteins as well as plant based ones such as soy, brown rice and hemp. These sources are especially helpful for those who have milk allergies or are vegetarian/vegan or looking to stray away from traditional animal based sources.
Most have heard the stories of the 'chalky' and undesirable taste of protein powders in the past. Rest assured, this is truly a thing of the past. Protein powders these days come in a wide array of flavors that won't make you bat an eye when you enjoy them. From chocolate to peanut butter, you'll be sure to find something that you enjoy drinking on a regular basis. Another negative connotation that has been previously associated with protein supplementation is that they can cause bloating. This is also something that has been completely eradicated as this was attributed to having large amounts of lactose in the old versions of protein. These days, if there are any indigestion issues, it is because of food allergies or a lower grade of protein that might not digest as well.
One important aspect to remember is that you should never rely on any supplement as a sole source of nutrition. Whole food should always be the first option when it comes to increasing your protein and calorie intake as a whole. Protein supplements are intended to be just that: A supplement to what you are already doing.