Promera Sports, the makers of Con-Cret Creatine HCl, just released a new protein on the market. It contains just whey protein concentrate (WPC), but don’t shrug it off yet not all whey protein concentrates are inferior. In all actuality WPC is not inferior at all to whey protein isolate, its the grade of the protein that matters. If you have tried WPC in the past and if you’re like me I am very sensitive to inferior proteins. I would develop bad stomach cramps and bloating followed by the most fowl smelling gas that could gag a… well you know.
Apprehensively I gave the Con-Cret Whey a try to see if what they say about how the whey they used was superior to most other brands out there. I tried both flavors, Chocolate S’mores and Vanilla Cake Batter and have to say the taste is on point. The Chocolate flavor is a little different since it has that marshmallow sweetness added in, but the Vanilla is great! I just used water and the consistency was a bit creamier compared to other protein powders I have tried. If you used almond milk that would make it outstanding! What’s better yet there wasn’t any tinge of stomach cramping or bloating afterwords. Each serving contains 24 grams of protein, 2 grams of carbohydrates and 1.5 grams of fat which looks very similar to whey isolate formula’s on the market.
Now lets dive into the technical aspects. Promera uses Non-GMO Cold Processed Whey Protein Concentrate 80 for the protein source. This translates to a single sourced protein that’s free of growth hormone’s (rBGH) and obtained from the highest grade of WPC. The lowest “allowable” grade of Whey Protein Concentrate is 34. This scale measures the purity,potency and nutritional value. When other manufacturers use this inferior protein many add amino acids “amino spiking” to bring the protein content up. This is what leads to the digestive issues most people experience when using WPC. Since the grade is not disclosed, you have no idea how much quality protein you are getting. Since 80 is the highest value available the protein doesn’t have to be altered to improve the protein content or amino profile. It contains the highest value of probiotics, peptides and amino acids and the lowest amount of lactose.
Now that Promera has let the cat out of the bag per say, I think other companies out there will start following suit and up their game. Con-Crete Whey has definitely set the bar for being one the highest grade WPC on the market today. If you are unsure if the protein you are using now is good quality or if you think the bloating and gas is normal you need to check your label.
As you probably already know – protein – the ‘building blocks’ of all of our cells is crucial for all bodily functions. It regulates processes such as tissue growth and regeneration as well as managing and producing hormones. You may also know that it’s very important to have a high protein diet especially if you are an athlete or you have a hard training routine. After a workout our muscle fibers are ‘torn’ and have to be regenerated and repaired as soon as possible. Protein has such anti-catabolic properties and helps our cells (including muscle) grow and recover. It has also been established that 30 minutes before and after workout are the optimal times to consume protein (or extra protein) in order to reduce catabolism and maximize muscle growth. But how much is too much? Can an unlimited amount of protein be consumed at any given time?
Basically, when we ingest protein, the stomach breaks it down to amino acids by means of stomach acid and enzymes. Amino acids are then transported into the small intestine and further into the bloodstream. They are then distributed into all the various cells in your body. But the small intestine can only shoot a limited number of amino acids into our bloodstreams per hour. This is why only a limited amount of protein can be absorbed at any given time. According to estimates whey protein can be absorbed at a rate of 8 to 10 grams/hr casein at ~6.1 g/hr, soy at ~3.9 g/hr, and cooked egg at ~2.9 g/hr. Also, according to another study, our muscles won’t use more than 30 grams of protein consumed at one meal. Unfortunately this matter can’t be simplified as it all depends on numerous factors. Some of those include:
-Type of protein eaten- whether its Whey Protein Gold Standard or a steak?
-What are you eating it with? On its own or with fat and carbs?
-The fiber content of the whole meal – more fiber equals slower absorption
-When you last ate – are you full or hungry?
These factors can affect the protein absorption. For example a steak will take longer to be broken down and move through your digestive system and therefore you will benefit more from a steak than chugging 3 whey shakes at a time. Also, as much as the protein will be used in your body, it may not be used for muscle building in excess of the said 30-40 grams.
This information is crucial, not only in order to maximize muscle growth and anti-catabolism but also to avoid over – consuming protein and storing the excess as fat. Keep in mind that it is still important to stick to the recommended daily intake. Spreading it out through the day and increasing your pre- and post -workout intake will maximize your muscle and strength gains. Try to have a balanced diet and alternate between supplements and whole foods rather than drinking shake after shake. Many sources agree that you should be getting most of your protein from food and limit your supplementation to 2 shakes a day, such as Rule One Protein, to maintain balance and health.