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Why Jackie Warner Uses Whey Protein In Her Breakfast Shake?

May 26th, 2007 by Fitness Guardian

whey-protein.gifOn the Bravo Show Workout, Jackie Warner makes a breakfast protein shake for Skylab participants that uses whey protein powder as one of the ingredients. So here’s the scoop on the benefits of whey protein…

What is Whey Protein?
Whey is a high quality protein powder from cow’s milk. Milk contains two proteins: Casein (approximately 80%) and Whey Protein (approximately 20%). Whey protein is more soluble (easier to digest) than casein and also has a higher quality rating. It is often referred to as the “Gold Standard” of protein as it is the most nutritious protein available.

Whey Protein Is Quickly Used By The Body
Because whey protein is highly soluble it enters the body fast. It quickly provides the essential amino acids needed to nourish muscles and other body tissues. This is one of the reasons it’s commonly used as an ingredient in infant formula and as protein supplement for medical use.

Whey Protein is Low On The Glycemic Index
Whey protein has practically no sugar (Unless it’s flavored with sugar) Therefore it has little effect on blood glucose levels. When eaten with carbohydrate it can reduce the overall glycemic impact (the amount a food increases blood sugar levels) of the carbohydrate as well. Eating a low glycemic diet can help create a positive hormonal environment for fat loss.

Whey protein comes in two forms – Isolate and Concentrate:

  1. Whey Protein Isolate – Is pure and contains 90% protein with very little or no lactose and fat. (That makes it a great protein supplement for those who are lactose intolerant). It’s an ideal supplement for those who want to reduce calories and is ideal for Jackie Warner’s protein shake.
  2. Whey Protein Concentrate – Provides less protein (usually around 40 – 80%) with the balance of calories coming from lactose and fat. This can be desirable for certain nutrition programs.

How much protein do you need?
The answer to that question depends on the physical demands you place on your body and who you ask. Most registered nutritionists agree that highly active people have greater protein requirements than sedentary people.

Suggested daily amounts are about .6 grams of protein per pound of body weight for the average person. However, many coaches suggest up to 1.0 gram of protein per pound of body weight for strength athletes engaging in rigorous training. Check RDA guidelines to determine what works best for you.

Read all the ingredients in Jackie Warner’s Protein Shake Here

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