Type 2 Diabetes – Which Type of Protein Powder Is Right For You?
By Beverleigh H Piepers
There are people, including those diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, who need more protein in their eating plan and sometimes having a protein drink is easier for them to digest than eating larger amounts of dietary protein.
If you’ve been to purchase a protein powder, you’ve been met with what seems like an endless supply of options. You not only have more than twenty different brand names to choose from, but you also have options like “whey isolate,” “whey concentrate,” “casein,” “soy,” along with others to add to the mix.
Which one is right for you – and when should you use each?
Let’s walk you through the basics so you feel less overwhelmed next time you’re shopping…
1. Whey Isolate – The Perfect Post Workout Choice. If you plan to use your protein powder immediately after your workout to nourish your body, a whey isolate should be your pick. This protein powder has been designed to be digested as quickly as possible, allowing the amino acids to move into your muscle cells where they’re needed almost immediately.
For those looking for a speedy recovery, whey isolate is perfect.
2. Casein – An Ideal Before Bed Match. Next you have the casein variety. This one has been formulated to do the opposite – it’s going to take a very long time to break down and digest, therefore, taking right before bedtime is the ideal choice.
You’ll find this protein is quite thick, so consider using a blender when preparing it… and slightly more liquid may be needed.
3. Soy – The Stomach Settler. If you’re someone who’s intolerant to lactose or on a vegetarian diet, a soy protein powder will be the perfect choice for you. While many whey protein powders do have the lactose removed so they will still be a safe bet, not all do.
If you’re worried, opt for soy. Soy protein will also help provide antioxidants to reduce the impact of free radical damage as well.
4. Whey Concentrate – The Budget Friendly Variety. Finally, if you’re someone who’s on a tight budget, a regular whey protein (often called a concentrate) is typically going to be the best solution for you.
You can find these at reduced costs, especially when purchasing a larger 5 or 10 pound tub. Remember the more you purchase with almost any brand, the cheaper it will be per pound of protein.
If you want to save costs, this is important to consider. While it’ll cost more upfront, it’ll save money down the line.
So keep these protein varieties in mind. If you’re looking to improve your Type 2 diabetic nutrition plan, they’re great to have on hand to ensure you never fall short in this important nutrient.