I just read this article and thought someone might have an opinion about it... I'm not sure where I stand with it... Anyone?
No Whey, Jose!
By Mike Guadango
Whey protein has been the big post workout savior for a little bit now. It makes sense, itâ??s easily digestible and itâ??s low in fat. HOWEVER, itâ??s not the optimal post workout drink. The best solution for this problem is simply; Amino Acids.
Letâ??s start off with what whey is. Whey comes from milk. When milk protein is broken down it becomes two parts; whey and casein. Whey is fast acting, casein is slow.
Problems with milk:
Most cows are pumped full of hormones to produce milk at a faster rate than they normally would. Whatever is in your body is going to leave its imprint in whatever leaves your body; blood, urine, skin, hair, or in this case: milk. Same goes for the antibiotics theyâ??re treated with!
If milk is an important part of your lifestyle, best choices would be organic or raw milk. And if you like whey protein that much, then go with an organic whey protein.
Next is digestion:
Unlike carbohydrate metabolism, protein metabolism does not begin in the mouth, it begins in the stomach. Hydrochloric acid along with several enzymes must be present to break down protein. Other things also hinder the absorption rate of protein, such as pH level of the stomach, temperature of the protein, amount of mastication taken place prior to entry into the stomach, thereâ??s a lot of factors! If there is presence of any digestive inhibitors, then things get even more complicated. Protein absorption occurs in the small intestine where pancreatic enzymes are released to break them down into amino acids.
Post workout, this isnâ??t what we need.
The whole point of digesting proteins is to get the amino acids that are present in them. Why not just skip that step and make it that much easier to feed our bodies! Go strictly with amino acids and simple sugar (dextrose/maltodextrin) post workout.
Traditionally, the suggested 2:1 carbs:protein ratio is the way to go. However, some great studies have been released showing that the 4:1 ratio of carbs:protein is optimal for speedy absorption. In fact, itâ??s been noted to absorb almost as fast as water!
The only solution is simply buying Essential Amino Acids (EAAâ??s) and adding in your own sugar.