Not all proteins are created equally
At Vitafoods 2014 HealthGauge spoke to Phanin Leksrisompong, PhD, Director of Business Development at Davisco to find out more about BiPro, a protein power supplement that was highly commended in the presentation ‘What’s New in Sports Nutrtion’ given by Per Rehne, European Health & Food Business Manager, Cornelius Group earlier this year at the Nutraformulate exhibition in the UK.
Whey protein is a complete protein, meaning that it contains an abundant amount of all essential amino acids which are required to rebuild and repair body tissues. BioPro is a high quality whey protein isolate rich in branch chain amino-acid leucine a metabolic trigger to initiate muscle protein synthesis. What sets BiPro apart is the purity as well as containing zero carbs, fat or sugar. It also does not contain any protein blends, filler of bulking agents.
As the market diversifies there are more choices in protein including alternatives to whey such as plant proteins. Whilst these proteins can offer benefits to some consumers who due to dietary choices or allergies prefer non-dairy proteins. However a key consideration across the protein market should be on quality. The amino acid profile of any given protein should be given careful thought. Plant proteins are less complete than whey protein in terms of their amino acid profile meaning that you would need to consume more of them, or even blends in order to get the same benefits as you would by consuming whey.
There are many benefits to consuming whey protein. At the age of 25-30 the body starts to lose its lean muscle mass. As this process continues we then start to lose mobility and muscles fatigue more easily. Also as a higher muscle mass burns more calories with are 35% of calorie expenditure coming from muscle mass. As this reduces it becomes much easier to gain weight from the same diet as when we had a greater muscle mass. In addition protein also helps in how the body responds to critical illness helping to support the immune system and bone repair. This plays a significant role in the physical ‘wasting away’ seen in cancer sufferers.