If there's one nutrient that's an absolute must in your diet, it's protein. Protein is made of amino acids, which are the building blocks of your muscle tissue. Without it, your body would lack an important part needed for muscle mass to even exist. Whey protein is one of the best absorbed sources of amino acids, even higher than chicken or fish.*

You can get whey protein in dairy like milk or cheese, but to get more whey and less of the other stuff in milk products (fat, carbs, sodium), cut to the chase with a whey protein powder.

There are many benefits to adding whey protein to your diet:

  • Easier than cooking whole-food protein sources
  • Good for people who don't get enough dietary protein
  • Great taste that will satisfy your craving for something sweet
  • Better cardiovascular function and strength gains from resistance exercise*
  • Helps you get more liquids to stay hydrated


Always have your whey protein handy! The easiest way to work whey protein supplementation into your life is to mix a whey concentrate or an isolate with water for an instant shake. But be creative with whey protein supplements, especially if you struggle to get enough dietary protein.

Here are some ideas:

  • Mix a serving of whey protein with frozen fruit, milk, and peanut butter for a nutritionally complete shake.
  • Stir whey isolate and skim milk or almond milk into oatmeal.
  • Make whey-based healthy treats like pancakes or pudding.

Whether you use whey protein powder to get amino acids after resistance exercise or add whey to meals to increase your protein intake (or both), it's a key part of any lifter's diet.


You may have also seen casein protein around. In addition to whey, casein is the other type of protein found in milk. It's also a good source of nutrition, but for different purposes. Casein takes longer to digest than whey protein or whey protein concentrate. Which of these milk proteins you choose depends on your needs at the time. When you want to use protein powder as a supplement to help you recover after your workouts, use whey. When you need something to keep you full and to fight off muscle loss overnight, use casein.

Some protein powders include a mix of casein, whey protein concentrate, isolate, and hydrolysate in the ingredient list. This means you'll get some of the benefits of each type that is included. For instance, a protein powder that has casein and whey protein concentrate will give you quick nutrition to recover from training-induced muscle-mass breakdown and also help you stay full so you can stick to your diet.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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