So after a great deal of research and testing umpteen different wheys. Here it is…. PART 1/3 of my whey protein blog. Part 1 specifically looks at what whey is and the 3 different categories they are divided into. I recieve numerous questions regarding wheys on a daily basis, so I’m excited to reach out to all of you. So let’s jump straight in to finding the perfect whey for you..

What is whey? Well to put it really simply, it’s the protein component that comes from cow’s milk. The liquid is separated from the curd during cheese or yogurt production. It is extremely popular in the fitness industry because as the name suggests, it has a significant amount of protein which helps with those greatly wanted muscle gains. It has all the essential amino acids for optimal human body functioning.  It is also low in lactose (a disaccharide or sugar that should be used in moderation in one’s diet).

So this leads me to the popular question ‘Should I only be taking whey if I’m a bodybuilder or fitness freak?’ The answer is NO. We all need a good source of protein in our diet and with today’s busy lifestyle, grabbing a shake is very convenient and healthy option.

‘Do whey proteins make you bulky?’ NO LADIES THEY DO NOT !(I repeat) DO NOT MAKE YOU BULKY!!!!! Eating too much is the only thing that makes you bulky. Whey proteins have in fact been known to have the opposite effect. They can satisfy unhealthy sugar cravings. Recent studies have proven that whey proteins can decrease incidence of serious health problems such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Whey is also great for building lean muscle, increasing muscle strength, increasing endurance and decreasing muscle breakdown! In summation a good whey protein is a huge aid in not only the fit lifestyle, but A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE!

So now we are excited to incorporate this amazing shake into our diet.. but where do we get one? Which is the best one? It can be very overwhelming when you walk into a store, and the shelves are packed with a gigantic selection of all sorts of supplements. There are so many brands out there, but before we look closely at them, I want to explore the 3 different categories of whey proteins:

1. Whey protein isolate
Purest form which contains essential amino acids. Highest percentage of protein out of the wheys.
90-95% protein, and 0.5-1% lactose
Processed to remove lactose.

2. Whey protein concentrate
25-89% protein 4-52% lactose
Low in carbohydrates, high in fat and the protein percentage can vary greatly with different brands.
Percentage of protein depends on the concentration.

3. Whey protein hydrolysate
80-90% protein 0.5 -10% lactose
The process of hydrolysis which aids in digestion of proteins, more so than the other two wheys. During the hydrolysis the nutritional quality is unaffected. This raises insulin levels and therefore can increase one’s muscle growth. But the protein percentage is not as high as it’s sister isolate option.

I personally use the whey protein isolate or a hybrid isolate purely because of it’s high protein, low carb and low fat content. The only disadvantage of using an isolate option is the cost… it is generally more expensive. I believe we should rather put our money into a good protein instead of all of those unnecessary calories sitting in your grocery basket.

So the next time your thinking of buying the junkie treats that tease you in the shop queue, on the way to the teller.  Rather put your money where it counts, and purchase a high quality whey protein.  Looking after your body is a priority and if it hasn’t been up to now… then an intervention for CHANGE needs to happen right now!


I hope the part 1 of my Whey blog has been beneficial.Keep a look out for PART 2 which digs deeper into specific whey brands on the South African market. Let’s find the right option for you!