Hydrolyzed Protein

Hydrolyzed Protein is a category of supplements also known as WPH (Whey Protein Hydrolysate). Their main advantage is their high protein concentration (generally between 70 - 85 %), as well as their beneficial amino acid spectrum and the fastest absorption rate of all protein supplement types. Hydrolyzed protein is derived from whey concentrate or isolate via hydrolysis. In this process, the blend is enriched with compounds that enzymatically break down protein chains into much shorter peptides. This creates a protein source that is much faster and easier to digest, meaning your body can also utilize a larger portion of the ingested protein than is the case with whey concentrate or isolate. In addition, unless the supplement is obtained via hydrolysis of whey isolate, it is perfectly safe for people with lactose intolerances. 

When choosing from the available protein hydrolysates, you may come across a label DH (Degree of Hydrolysis) and wonder what this means. The number you find next to this label determines how much the protein has been cleaved. The higher the value, the more cleaved the resulting mixture, and the faster your body absorbs it. The highest degree of hydrolysis available is DH32. However, keep in mind that hydrolyzed proteins generally have a slightly bitter taste, due to the cleaving. Not everyone may like this, so getting the largest pack straight away may not be the ideal choice. Hydrolyzed proteins are ideal for especially demanding athletes who are looking to initiate their regeneration processes as quickly as possible after a workout. The most prototypical products in this category are HydroFue and Hydro Whey DH 32.

Who can benefit the most from whey protein hydrolysate?

  • Strength and endurance athletes looking to boost their regeneration rate after a workout.
  • Anyone looking to achieve the optimum protein intake. 
  • Anyone looking to increase their protein intake to facilitate weight loss
  • Cooks looking to increase the protein content in the meals they prepare
  • Persons in convalescence after an accident.
  • Anyone seeking to give their body the necessary protein. 

What is the recommended serving amount of whey protein hydrolysate?

With whey protein hydrolysate, it is usually recommended to serve about 0.25 - 0.3 g per kg of body weight. If you can’t be bothered with calculating, you won’t go wrong with a serving of about 20 - 40 g of the product. This corresponds to a roughly topped 30 g measuring scoop. The upper limit of 40 g is intended for strength athletes after a full body training, when the body requires extra protein.

How to take whey protein hydrolysate?

  • This type of protein supplement is the fastest absorbing of all types of whey proteins. Its potential is best used when mixed with water, creating the best absorbable combination.
  • However, it can also be mixed with milk, creating a delicious, creamy milkshake.
  • It also tastes great in a variety of porridge bowls and oatmeals that will benefit  from the added protein. 
  • The hydrolysate can be added to a dough to create protein-packed desserts
  • The unflavoured version is perfect for preparing savoury dishes, such as protein-enriched pizza.
  • It can be added to a smoothie or a cup of coffee, enriching your beverages with the much-needed protein. 

Would you like to learn more about protein supplements and how to choose properly from the wide selection available? If so, don’t miss out on our article Which Protein to Choose? Whey Concentrate, Isolate or Hydrolysate?

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