Warning: Whey Protein Isolate is not the same as Concentrate

I only use Isolate and it works incredibly well for me and my clients at Transformation Center. Why not use whey concentrate? I get that question all the time and at my 3-Day Camp I explain my reasons in depth. Because so many people are confused about this topic, I am going to post a 4-part article in my blog at BillPhillipsNews.com — this is the first part.

I have been researching and using protein supplements for nearly three decades. In 1991 I introduced the fitness world to a product developed for clinical nutrition called MET-Rx and it became the number one selling protein of that time. Then I designed a protein supplement and meal replacement shake called EAS Myoplex which has been used by millions of athletes over the years. Now I make and use a new and improved, protein rich, high quality version of Myoplex called RIGHT Nutrition which is not sold in stores and is made in small batches just for me and my clients. (MET-Rx and Myoplex are now owned and distributed by other companies and they do not contain the quality ingredients they originally did.)

Even though there is a legitimate science of nutritional supplements which has advanced over the years, the facts are sometimes hard to find because the fiction (and nonsense) is so pervasive. Supplement consumers have been fed a steady stream of half truths and lies about whey protein by the bodybuilding, and nutritional supplement industry. Over time, you notice that this deception permeates the field of nutrition so fully, that even some intelligent, and well meaning fitness pros and even some from the medical field unknowingly recommend low quality, and even potentially harmful, whey proteins to their clients and patients. You see there is a BIG DIFFERENCE between the low quality whey concentrate and the high quality whey protein isolates.

Look closer at whey protein concentrate and you’ll see a number of problems. For example, notice there is cholesterol in many inferior protein supplements which are produced with whey concentrate.

Research indicates that the cholesterol found in powdered products like whey protein concentrate has a tendency to go rancid or oxidize in this form. That is bad news especially for us over age 40 fitness buffs because oxidized cholesterol in particular can be responsible for the start of arterial plaque build–up in heart disease, as well as many other degenerative effects of aging.

The scientific literature clearly shows that powdered cholesterol is prone to oxidize, and that oxidized cholesterol is decidedly harmful. But this information is covered up and withheld from the users of supplements which contain whey protein concentrate. Concentrate is a much less expensive ingredient compared to the superior whey protein isolates which are free of cholesterol. Isolate, unlike concentrate, is also lactose free, fat free, and sugar free. Isolate is flat out better but is rarely used as the main source of protein in supplements because it costs so much that it cuts into the profit margin most companies try to make. I don’t use concentrate because being healthy is the main reason I workout and eat right today. At age 51 the fact that exercise and good supplements help the body look better is kind of a secondary benefit; avoiding heart disease and living longer is what matters most to me.

Unfortunately, many of the companies which have profited greatly by selling whey protein concentrate have done such an effective job of marketing over the years that most of the information you’ll receive on whey protein from fitness magazines, online ‘experts’ and supplement stores will usually fail to include even a passing mention of the harmful effects of oxidized cholesterol. And when it comes to the problems of whey protein concentrate, oxidized cholesterol is just the tip of the iceberg. I’ll continue this discussion soon in part 2 where you’ll learn that whey concentrate is up to 53% ‘dead’ protein (denatured) and does not have the unique and powerful health enhancing effects of bioactive, pure, un-denatured whey made with the proper, state-of-the-art isolation methods and technology.

Comments

  1. Teresa Willis says:

    Thank you Bill for being someone who really cares about the products that you are putting out there for “us” the consumer and thank you for educating us on real truth about products that we may have never otherwise have heard or known. I highly respect you and love and use your products EVERYDAY. Thank you for all you do for so many people and for the love and care you have for others. God Bless you Bill!!

  2. Mike roemerman says:

    Thanks for that great explanation Bill! I am so glad I took your advice from day one and didn’t fall for any of the cheap proteins out there. I knew that cholesterol was a sign of the lower quality proteins and wanted to avoid it, but I was unaware that it was prone to oxidation which makes it that much more dangerous. Heart disease runs in my family so I fully intend to improve my odds in every possible way. This was very helpful!

  3. Steve Lotsbaich says:

    I never knew this. I spent the last hour talking with a friend that just happens to be a Doctor in Chemistry and runs one of the largest pharm companies and he totally agreed with this article.

  4. Barbara Bushell says:

    I have a questions more than a comment. BEcause some of the non profit organizations that do “research” are funded by companies that sell & promote retail health -food related products & supplements, how do we find an accurate comparison of research. Also – opinion of Advocare products please?

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