Shakeology Ingredients: Whey Isolate Protein
If you come here often, you know that Shakeology is a core “go to” meal for both Monica and I. There are SO many reasons, but at the core are the extremely high quality ingredients, including whey isolate protein.
Shakeologyis more than a protein shake. It’s a meal replacement. Here’s a general summary of its ingredients:
● Protein and essential amino acids to help build long, lean muscles and reduce food cravings
● Prebiotics and digestive enzymes to improve digestion, regularity, and nutrient absorption
● Antioxidants and phytonutrients to help counteract free radical damage that can lead to degenerative diseases
● Vitamins and minerals your body needs to function for optimal health
But, what’s really in Shakeology?
This question is why I decided to do a series looking at each individual key ingredient of this powerful nutritional supplement. I want to dissect Shakeology and look at the role each ingredient play in your nutrition.
What is Whey Isolate Protein?
Today we start with the macronutrient known as whey isolate protein.
I know this isn’t major news to you, but Shakeology has protein in it. Greenberry contains 15g of protein and chocolate contains 17g. It’s the form of protein that I’d like to discuss. What’s important is the type of protein.
Shakeology contains whey isolate protein. Whey is a dairy-based form of protein that comes from cheese production. In fact, for many years it was considered a waste product and discarded, but we’ve now come to use it as one of the most common forms of protein powder.
There are three kinds of whey protein powders: 1) concentrate, 2) isolate, and 3) hydrolysate.
Whey concentrate is the most commonly used – and least expensive – form of whey. Concentrate is good because it is less processed, but not so good because it contains less protein. It contains some fat and lactose, so people with dairy allergies probably want to steer clear of whey concentrate.
Whey isolate protein, the form used in Shakeology, contains much less lactose due to the processing it undergoes. Isolate is also 90-94% pure protein, giving it additional benefits over whey concentrate.
The final form of whey protein is hydrolysate. This is a predigested form of whey that is relatively free of potential allergens. It is also extremely expensive. Given the minor benefits of hydrolysate, the cost rarely justifies its use.
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There you have it. The lowdown on whey isolate. Beachbody could have cut corners and used concentrate, but instead chose to use whey isolate as its form of protein.
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