We cover all the different types of protein in greater depth in their own sections on the site, but here is a brief overview of some of the different types of protein you are likely to encounter on the market. If you want to know more or one of them interests you, be sure to read about them in our Types of Protein section, which you can find on your left.
The amazing thing about protein and protein supplements is that they can be derived from a number of different sources. For example, some of the most popular proteins are whey proteins. These are made from dairy, and some people choose not to, or cannot eat dairy, in that case they have the option of using a protein made from rice. Here is a brief rundown of some of the most popular types of protein.
1. Whey Protein
Whey is one of the most common and also most popular types of protein around. This is one of the ones that is made from dairy, it is actually formed when turning milk into cheese, so if you don’t do dairy then you may want to steer clear. It is however a great protein for gaining muscle, and using post workout. The muscles absorb whey very fast, so it really aides in recovery.
2. Casein Protein
Casein is typically known as the “night time” protein, because it has traditionally been taken at night. The reason being is because it is a very slow releasing, sometimes up to 7 hours to be fully digested. This is great for during the night because it keeps your body active in digesting it. It is also derived from milk, so you will want to keep that in mind before purchasing
3. Egg Protein
Well, as its name suggests, it is derived from eggs. Eggs are some of the best sources of protein, specifically the whites. Although sometimes carrying around scrambled eggs, or an egg sandwich is not very convenient. That why we have egg protein supplement such as powder. One serving of some egg protein powders can deliver a whopping 24g of protein. If your on the go, and looking for a non-dairy protein boost you may want to look into egg protein.
4. Rice Protein
You may not have thought it, but you can actually get a decent amount of really good protein from rice. In fact, there are some great brown rice protein powders on the market. The funny thing is that some people report that they love the taste, while other completely hate it. I guess it just comes down to personal preference. If you do not do dairy or eggs then this could be the perfect protein for you.
5. Other High Protein Foods
There are actually many other foods that are good sources of protein which do not necessarily come in supplement form. Some of these include;
- Meat, poultry, and fish
- Cheese, including cottage cheese
- Peanut Butter
As you can see this is a very diverse list of foods, that are chalked full of protein.
Overall protein comes in many different forms, and no matter your personal preference there should be something for you. You may have to try a few different things until you find the best combination of what you like, and what works best for what you are trying to do.