What does whey protein concentrate do?
Whey Protein Concentrate is a food supplement with a very high content of
high quality protein. It's protein content is used to:
That's why it's the most widely consumed and perhaps most sought-after product by sportsmen and women.
Differences between concentrated, isolated and hydrolysed, which to choose?
All come from the same source, whey.
The differences lie in their treatment; the order in which they are obtained is:
Concentrated→ Isolated→ Hydrolysed.
Centrifuged whey is ultrafiltered to obtain Concentrate (WPC), the concentrate is microfiltered to obtain Isolate (WPI), the isolate is hydrolysed to obtain Hydrolysed Isolate (WPH).
You can choose any of them. The main differentiating characteristics are the fat and carbohydrate content (including lactose). The following comparison table can help differentiate them:
| Of which saturates
| Of which sugars
Types of Whey Concentrate
Today, concentrated whey proteins are almost entirely produced by mechanical filtration (ultrafiltration) through ceramic membranes with 0.2mcm pores.
There are different types of whey protein concentrate depending on the membrane material used, the size of the filtration pore, and the volume:concentration ratio.
Whey protein concentrates intended for food supplementation always have the same characteristics, with a protein content of more than 65%. They are distinguished by:
Native concentrated proteins are those obtained directly from milk; while "classic" concentrated proteins are obtained from the product (whey) of milk treatment in a cheese factory.
Native proteins undergo one less treatment process ("skipping a step"), which allows us to obtain a raw material with a lower degree of acidity, less heat exposure and greater control of the treatment pH.
How many times a day should you consume whey protein?
Whenever you need it.
There's no limit to the recommended number of times per day, but it will depend on the protein composition of your diet, your body characteristics (weight, % fat), and your goals.
If you eat a lot of meat, fish, eggs and dairy products in your diet, one shake a day may be enough.
If you don't eat much protein from other foods, you can use 3 shakes a day:
Frequent questions about WPC
Whey Protein Concentrate is the most recognised source of protein. Have any doubts? That's normal!
At HSN, we can answer all your questions.
No, except for allergies and/or intolerances.
A person who is allergic to milk or very lactose intolerant may experience adverse effects, as you would with the consumption of any dairy product. If you are allergic to milk, avoid using WPC.
Sometimes slight digestive problems can be experienced at the beginning of consumption, mainly determined by the lack of adaptation of the gastrointestinal system to digest large amounts of protein in one go. These are minor complaints and disappear quickly.
Ultrafiltration is a process that filters whey with insufficient porosity to remove lactose.
A lactose-free whey has to be isolated, normally hydrolysed isolate.
Pregnancy is a very variable physiological state among women, therefore, although in principle there are no specific contraindications to the use of Whey Protein Concentrate during pregnancy, it is important to consult the doctor monitoring the pregnancy to ensure the absence of risks in that particular case.
Yes, unless they have a condition that limits the amount of dietary protein they can consume, in which case they should consult a Dietitian-Nutritionist.
In fact, in healthy elderly people, WPC is a highly recommended food preparation as it contributes to the maintenance of muscle mass, which is normally reduced with age and the loss of which is a risk factor in the elderly.
Getting fat is a process that depends on the amount of calories consumed over several weeks/months.
Protein concentrate is a food preparation that can be used as a substitute for other protein sources with more fat and carbohydrates, in the context of a varied diet, and it provides all the essential nutrients, which is why it's a great option even for definition.
A serving (30g) of protein concentrate contains only 126kcal.
Approximately 3 hours.
After 3 hours from consumption of the shake, the amino acids concentrations in the blood are significantly reduced, a sign of the end of the refractory period of protein consumption indicating that it is time for another intake.
The recommended amount of protein intake in Europe is 50g a day according to Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011.
A WPC serving provides 25g of protein, meaning one shake covers 50% of the daily protein requirements.
However, this has been highly questioned, as athletes and other heavy users have higher requirements.
Currently, the recommended is 1.62g of protein/kg/day to optimise protein synthesis. So an adult of 70kg would need around 113g per day.
A shake in this case would cover about 22% of the daily recommended amount.
Where can I buy whey protein concentrate?
At HSN there is a wide range of Whey Protein Concentrate.
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