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The Great Protein Comparison! Sports protein supplements vs. KetoDiet protein drinks. What’s the difference?

Gone are the days when high-protein foods and drinks were confined to bodybuilders. Protein is now all the rage. And although protein products are one of the most popular and most used supplements among most athletes, especially those focused on strength training, they also play an important role in a healthy lifestyle and in slimming diets.

How do you get your head around all the different kinds of protein that are on offer? This article will help you understand the basic types of protein drinks and will explain the differences between sports whey protein drinks and KetoDiet protein drinks.

What is protein powder?

There have been a lot of myths and half-truths flying around about protein recently, so it’s no surprise you might be feeling a bit lost. To put it simply, when we talk about protein we talk about its concentrated form coming from natural sources. The most common products are whey protein drinks made from animal sources, specifically from cow’s milk. However, vegan protein drinks are becoming increasingly popular. Their protein comes from plants, such as soya, peas or hemp.

5 reasons why you should include protein in your diet

Protein will help you:

  • supplement your diet with this important nutrient
  • lose weight more efficiently
  • protect your muscle mass and boost regeneration
  • lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase your HDL (good) cholesterol
  • protect your immune system

SPORTS PROTEIN DRINKS

Sports protein supplements can be divided according to two criteria:

  • production method (concentrate, isolate, hydrolysate)
  • protein source (whey, egg white, kasein, etc.)

To make the right choice when it comes to sports protein drinks, it is important to know what it is that you mainly want to achieve. Do you want to build your muscle, or go the other way and lose weight instead?

The most popular protein among athletes is currently single-source whey protein, mainly because of its high content of branched-chain amino acids (in sport known as BCAA – valine, leucine, isoleucine). Leucine especially is instrumental in stimulating muscle protein production. Another reason to go for whey protein after training is that it increases insulin levels in the body. Insulin is a hormone that boosts the process of regeneration and also blocks another hormone, cortisol (stress hormone), that suppresses regeneration. As a result, anabolic (growth) processes are triggered in the body. Modern-day athletes often have to endure extreme energy expenditure and the benefits of whey protein can play an important role in their performance.

Any sports nutritional supplements (not just protein drinks) work effectively only if combined with the properly planned and balanced diet and carefully devised training plan. If that’s not the case, you won’t fully benefit from the supplements.

KetoDiet PROTEIN DRINK

KetoDiet protein drink has been created to make your slimming easier. Unlike common sports protein drinks, it contains a combination of plant and animal protein, which makes it a multi-source protein drink. As the drink is to be consumed daily as part of our diet plans, it has been enriched with collagen. Collagen retains its gelatine-forming swelling properties and thus increases the volume of your snack or lunch. So, you feel fuller as a result.

Whey micellar casein is very good at protecting your muscle mass from an unwanted loss of muscle protein. Soya protein isolate in KetoDiet protein mixture represents the best quality plant protein. The last component of the mixture is whey protein concentrate. Its compounds will greatly boost your gut bacteria and immune system.

What is the main difference?

The biggest difference between sports protein drinks and KetoDiet protein drinks is the fact that KetoDiet protein drinks also contain fibre, vitamins and minerals, ground linseed and fish oil packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids. That’s why you can have the protein drink in five daily portions that will then provide your body with all the nutrients it needs when on a protein diet. However, you must also remember to eat plenty of vegetables and healthy fats.

To conclude, both sports protein drinks and KetoDiet protein drinks have their place in the world of nutrition. All sports nutritional supplements intended for distribution on the Czech market are safe and all their ingredients have been approved, even for registered athletes. The same is true for KetoDiet protein drinks the production of which adheres to all the strict production standards and procedures.

 

Author: Jiří Skála, dietician

Photos: KetoDiet

 

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