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.
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.
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.