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What Is Low-Carb Whey Protein?

Glyn Sinclair
Glyn Sinclair

Low-carb whey protein is a by-product of the cheese-making process. At first in liquid form, the whey is then processed into a powder form, sometimes flavored and usually sold as an energy and muscle-building supplement to sportsmen or regular exercisers. The ability for low-carb whey protein to be easily absorbed makes it a sought-after supplement throughout the world. Whey is a complete protein, and this makes it a good agent for building lean muscle mass. Complete proteins have within their structure all the necessary amino acids that are vital for a human diet.

For an athlete at his or her peak, sustaining the requisite flow of protein throughout the body is no simple task. Low-carb whey protein can help, along with a nutritious diet. The supplement is most often ingested after a workout, because this is the time it can best help with muscle-building and post-workout recovery. Although whey protein is most often found in powder form, it also can be purchased in protein bars and drinks. Low-carb whey protein is also said to positively affect muscles even without regular exercise.

Low-carb whey protein is often sold in powder form.
Low-carb whey protein is often sold in powder form.

When mixing whey protein with water or milk, it is recommended for one to mix a few spoonfuls of powder at a time. The liquid of choice also should be added sparingly with each scoop of powder and then stirred vigorously to create a smooth consistency. It is recommended for the mixture to be allowed to sit for a couple of minutes before it is consumed so that that any large granules can sink to the bottom.

There are certain peak periods when it is best for a person to drink the whey protein, such as after a workout, but anytime is essentially fine. The product is designed for quick and convenient consumption. It can be taken on a daily basis to help boost maximum protein intake.

Many studies have shown that low-carb whey protein is one of the best sources of protein, beating out fish, beef and eggs. Occasionally, when taken with milk, whey protein has been known to cause minor stomach irritation. Mixing the whey powder with water instead can help alleviate this side effect. Other studies involving rats have indicated that whey protein might even have certain anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting properties. Scientists also have looked into low-carb whey protein as a possible aid in helping to reduce the occurrence of coronary heart disease.

People who are lactose intolerant probably should avoid using whey products. This is because whey products contain lactose. Whey also is known to cause certain symptoms of milk allergies.

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    • Low-carb whey protein is often sold in powder form.
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      Low-carb whey protein is often sold in powder form.