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      Hey! Whats in Your Tub? Written by: Kerry Moritz

      Hey! What's in Your Tub?

      Written by: Kerry Moritz

      I had That Tub in my kitchen for a long time—you know what I mean, the big plastic container of whey protein. For years whey protein powder has been a fixture in my life and in my fitness routine; we all know the benefits of a protein shake after a hard workout. But until American GAINZ cued me in to Tactical Recovery, there was one thing I didn't think about:

      What they did is prompt me to look at the scoop. So I did. The one in my plastic tub was around 40 grams, but it only contained 20 grams or so of protein. This was the first day I ever asked myself, “What's in the other 20 grams?” It wasn't all accounted for.

      I didn't think about it before because I trusted that whey protein isolate was simply good for me. This moment was surprising, because as a diabetic and a coach who is passionate about helping others, it is critical that I take a second look at what my clients and I are eating. It's part of me, my life and my work—passion to be conscientious and dedicated to health.

      This question became important to me. But after looking around, I wasn't able to get any good explanation of why I've had to consume countless grams of unknowns over the years along with my 20ish gram servings of protein. That was the moment when I understood the value of Tactical Recovery.

      I would never tolerate ambiguity in my training. I made the change to Tactical Recovery because I realized that the big plastic tub meant I was accepting ambiguity in my whey protein. I consume hydrolyzed whey protein isolate on a daily basis, and I have for years, and I plan to for many more years. It's important to me to know what I'm consuming, down to the gram. I respect that American GAINZ can track the source of every ingredient, and can track them to an American source. Of course I like those big-time BCAAs fortifications, and I like knowing their exact breakdown. It's an excellent product. Plus Tactical Recovery tastes great.

      But the real reason I've become a big fan of Tactical Recovery hydrolyzed whey protein isolate is because I trust it. I'm never going to spend another year consuming unknown fillers from unknown sources.


      Recovery Essentials about Hydrolyzed Whey Protein

      Recovery Essentials about Hydrolyzed Whey Protein

      Recovery Essentials – Hydrolyzed Whey

      In today's world, speed has become essential. Thanks to our mobile devices and other products, we receive everything, from weather, news, information, and more, on a moment's notice. Why shouldn't we expect the same, fast results from our whey protein? With hydrolyzed whey, it is possible. Think of hydrolyzed whey as the leaner, sexier, and more advanced version of its creator, whey protein isolate. It shares all the same positive attributes of whey protein isolate, such as amino acids and micronutrient content, but hydrolyzed whey absorbs much faster.

      Whey Protein Hydrolysate 101:

      Whey protein isolates are broken down into smaller peptide chains through a process called “enzymatic hydrolysis.” Don’t let the tech talk fool you, this is simply the step that enables the fastest absorbing whey to be instantly digested. This process fast-tracks its amino acids to your muscles and thereby enhances your ability to recover faster. Whey protein hydrolysate is the Cadillac of whey proteins.

      The most popular whey protein supplements can be categorized into three distinct forms: Whey Protein Concentrate (80% whey, excess fat and lactose), Whey Protein Isolate (90% whey, filtered out fat and lactose), and Whey Protein Hydrolysate (90% whey, similar to isolate, however with increased bio-availability and absorption rate). No matter what the form, the main benefits of whey stem from the branch chain amino acids (BCAAs) that it contains. BCAAs provide numerous benefits — they act as powerful antioxidants, they boost the immune function, and they serve as the catalyst for muscle growth and repair. Though these benefits are undeniably significant, the absorption rate makes hydrolyzed protein stand out far above the rest.

      Speed Matters for Recovery:

      Non-hydrolyzed whey can take as long as six hours to be absorbed, similar to eating chicken breast, whereas the hydrolyzed form of whey can be absorbed in minutes. This is critical when focusing on recovery. While consuming a post-workout protein shake that is hydrolyzed makes perfect sense, if the whey is in the concentrate or isolate form alone, then the post-workout consumption will simply not yield the intended speed in recovery. If you're not aiming for speed in recovery, we recommend you stick with whole foods.

      So why aren’t all whey protein supplements hydrolyzed? Simply put, the process of creating isolate from concentrate, then running the isolates through the hydrolysis system, is expensive. Hydrolyzed whey can be as much as twice the cost of the inferior forms to create. Now many brands get away from charging an arm and a leg for their hydrolyzed version of whey, but it’s usually due to the majority of the product consisting of the other forms (i.e., whey protein concentrate, why protein isolate, casein, egg protein etc.).

      So, if an athlete is serious about post-workout recovery, American Gainz Nutrition encourages everyone to pay attention to the ingredients listed below the nutrition facts panel. Ingredients must be listed in “descending order of predominance”; therefore, the first protein source you see on the Nutrition Facts panel ingredients list should be Hydrolyzed Whey Protein. Even better would be if hydrolyzed whey is listed as the only protein source. In other words, if your chosen whey provider boasts about being a hydrolyzed whey protein source, but dilutes it with other, lesser protein forms, you may be paying more without receiving all of the improved recovery potential of hydrolyzed whey.

      Next time you are staring at the endless varieties of whey protein supplements and wondering what is what, you are now armed with exactly what you need to know to focus on recovery. Hydrolyzed whey is a broken-down version of whey isolates that is easier on your digestive system and delivers muscle-friendly protein to your body in a way that offers a speedier recovery. If hydrolyzed whey is the only protein in the ingredient list, you have a good lean and clean product on your hands.