What about protein powders?
Lots of people take them.
What do we know about them?
Milk from a cow breaks down into two parts.
Curds and Whey.
And of course, it pays to remember that
Protein is made up of Amino Acids.
There are 9 essential Amino Acids.
22 total for humans.
Or 20 - no one agrees 100%, all the time.
The rest of the Amino Acids are made as they body sees fit...
from the first nine... in different combinations.
And for different purposes.
WHAT are BCAA's?
Branched Chain Amino acids are simply three amino acids:
Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine.
That is all they are.
They are found in abundance in the body.
And make up 40% of the needed Amino Acids.
I personally use Whey Protein every day!
I use a mix of half Concentrated Whey
and half Isolated Whey.
The Isolated Whey is scored at 82.
This is Now Brand. (link)
The Concentrated Whey score is 61.
This in MRM Brand. (link)
Both have 28 grams of protein per scoop.
Together they make up a more complete protein.
More complete! Still not a complete protein
or total meal replacement - for long term use.
Concentrated Whey is usually cheaper.
And more filling.
Isolated Whey is just that...
Certain aspects of the whey have been isolated.
Each blend depends on the company that made it.
This is Jay Robb Isolated Whey ...
25 grams of protein per 30 gram scoop
This is Body Fortress Concentrated Whey.
The kind from WalMart.
Note that it scored higher than my concentrated whey!
For less than half the price per serving.
26 grams of protein per 34 gram scoop
This is Body Fortess Isolated Whey
Also from WalMart.
30 grams of protein per 36 gram scoop.
UNJURY gets a score of 100. (link)
Just for fun
I tried to input the numbers to MediFast and Shakeology...
Also Ensure, Peptamin, Boost and Instant Breakfast.
But had no luck finding the data online!
I took the raw data, and painstakingly and carefully entered
each variable into a spreadsheet at Nutrition Data.com (link)
So if a company doesn't list the Amino Acid breakdown,
I can't input the numbers!
This is Nectar... a true medical grade product...
For tube feedings. Or post-op.
Even pretty good to have for every day protein use!
I got mine at Netrition.
Hope this helps!
I scrapped the Concentrated Whey
And just use Isolated Whey.
The cheaper stuff has too many fillers.
I like the "cleaner" Isolated Whey.
But that is just me.