What is Clear Whey?
It’s well understood that protein plays an important role in our health and wellbeing by supporting our immune system, muscle growth, repair and retention, and satiety. While the current recommended daily allowance (RDA) for protein is 0.8g protein per kg bodyweight for the average person, it has been suggested that in order to achieve optimal health goals, a range of 1.2-1.6g per kg body weight may be more appropriate (Stuart M. Phillips, 2015). The recommendations for athletes can be higher again depending on their goals, training volume and chosen sporting discipline, with intakes being as high as 2.4g per kg body weight when operating in a calorie deficit (Phillips, 2018). For many years now, supplementing with whey protein has helped individuals and athletes meet their protein needs and in turn, support their goals. It works as a tasty and convenient solution for everyone. Conventionally, typical whey protein powders have a milky, thick consistency and flavour. However, for some, a change might be needed. Here is where Clear Whey comes into the picture as it provides an alternative to the typical whey protein supplement. Let’s learn a little bit more about Clear Whey.
In the following blog post, we’ll cover:
- What is Clear Whey?
- What are the benefits of Clear Whey?
- What is the difference between Clear Whey and whey protein?
- Should you drink Clear Whey with milk or water?
- Is Clear Whey refreshing?
- Why choose Kinetica Clear Whey?
Clear Whey is a whey protein isolate that has undergone purification and acidification under a lower pH compared to regular whey protein powders. This means the end product has a clearer appearance when mixed with water. If you’re a whey protein user, you’ll know that typically whey protein powder is usually quite milky in consistency, flavour and appearance so Clear Whey provides a great alternative to that. Due to the way in which it is processed, the flavour of the end product is different too. As a result, the flavour palette that can be applied is fruitier and zestier than the ones you might normally come across which can be another drawing factor for people. The key thing to note when looking at Clear Whey is that it, like regular whey protein, it remains a high-quality protein source that is also low in sugar, but we’ll take a look at that in a little more detail down below.
What are the benefits of Clear Whey?
Clear Whey provides you with a refreshing, flavoursome high protein option that has 24g of protein per scoop. As a product, it is much clearer in appearance when mixed with water which may be more appealing to those who don’t want something that is creamy in look and taste. Due to the processing of this product, it works well with fruity and zesty flavours which may also be a big benefit to some. As whey protein isolate is used, which is a more refined whey protein powder, the lactose concentration is much lower than regular whey protein, at <0.2%. Lactose is a naturally occurring carbohydrate found in dairy products however, there is a certain proportion of the population that may be sensitive or intolerant to this carbohydrate. Lactose intolerance for example can affect anywhere from 4% to 80% of the population depending on the geographical landscape and demographic in question. At least half of IBS sufferers are lactose intolerant too (Yanyong Deng, 2015). Managing overall lactose intake is therefore important to those who experience discomfort after ingesting this carbohydrate. Clear Whey can be a helping hand in those scenarios as a result while also supporting the same individual’s protein intake.
What is the difference between Clear Whey and whey protein?
Firstly, let’s look at what they both have in common: they are high quality protein sources that are low in sugar even though they differ slightly on the type of powder that is used to produce them. Clear Whey is a more refined protein powder in that whey protein isolate is used compared to whey protein concentrate which is used in most whey protein powders. Irrespective of that, each of them score a 1.0 on the Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS). This is a measure of the digestibility of a protein which correlates to the quality of that protein source. 1.0 is the best score any protein source can receive. The quality of protein included in one’s diet can influence rates of recovery and overall attempts at improving lean mass.
As mentioned, the lactose concentration is much lower in Clear Whey compared to regular whey protein which is helpful for those sensitive to overall lactose concentration. Clear Whey is also lower in fat when compared to whey protein which may prove beneficial to those monitoring their overall fat intake. A very clear and distinct difference between these products, and I am sure you have guessed it at this point, is how they look and taste. Whey protein is milkier and works with flavours more complimentary of dairy like vanilla and chocolate. On the other hand, Clear Whey works nicely with fruitier and sharper flavours.
Should you drink Clear Whey with milk or water?
This product has been designed so that it has a clearer appearance and great solubility as a result it is great with water. Water compliments the fresh flavour palette that we can get from this product.
Is Clear Whey refreshing?
Kinetica Clear Whey has a delicious and refreshing orange flavour and as it’s mixed with water it may seem lighter than alternative recovery products. After a difficult training session, appetite can be compromised so having a light, clear drink like this to enjoy could be more palatable in those incidences in particular (Satomi Oshima, 2017).
Why choose Kinetica Clear Whey?
With 24g of protein per scoop, Kinetica Clear Whey provides a tasty high protein alternative to typical protein offerings. It’s gluten free, and low in sugar and like the majority of the Kinetica range this product is also WADA batch tested and Informed Sport approved, investing you with further confidence in your choice of recovery and protein needs.
About the Author
Kate McDaid is the Kinetica Business Development Manager, a health and performance nutritionist and founder of NutriKate, a high-performance nutrition consultancy based in Dublin. Having played and captained the Irish Basketball team, the importance of nutrition became apparent to Kate at a young age and a true passion for this area blossomed.
Kate followed her ambition and completed a masters in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Loughborough University. Kate secured a role, advancing to senior health and performance nutritionist in a leading nutrition consultancy in the UK. Here she was able to build an extensive portfolio working with professional sports teams, elite sporting scholars, corporate clients, charity organisations, weight-loss, and health seeking individuals.
Kate returned to Ireland in 2017 with this experience and founded NutriKate. The NutriKate team works with an array of clients; athletes, teams and individuals looking to improve their health, performance, or body composition. They deliver nutritional workshops, seminars and support to corporate entities and sports clubs around the country too.
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