Whey protein concentrate is a type of dietary supplement derived from whey, the liquid portion of milk that separates during cheese production. It is a popular source of protein and is used by many individuals, including athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and those looking to increase their protein intake.
- Protein Content: Typically contains between 70% to 80% protein, but this can vary depending on the specific product. The rest consists of naturally occurring fats and carbohydrates.
- Other Nutrients: Contains more of the beneficial nutrients found naturally in whole whey protein. This includes lactose, fats, and various immunoglobulins (antibodies) which can have their own health benefits.
- Digestibility: Generally easy to digest unless one is lactose intolerant. The lactose content in WPC can sometimes cause digestive issues for those who are sensitive.
- Taste & Texture: It tends to have a creamier texture and more neutral taste due to its fat and lactose content.
- Complete Protein: Both WPC and WPI are considered complete proteins, meaning they contain all nine essential amino acids.
- BCAAs: WPC is rich in branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) which are crucial for muscle growth and recovery.