Protein is an essential nutrient your body needs to repair and rebuild. It’s especially important for strength athletes, like weightlifters, powerlifters, and bodybuilders, to get enough protein on a consistent basis. For me, a main source of protein comes from whey powder.
Some people may think whey is an expensive artificial supplement that we shouldn’t eat too much of. However, whey is actually quite cheap and as natural as milk. A large amount of fats and carbs are taken out of milk and you are left with mostly protein.
Whey cost seems high because you usually buy in bulk. If cost per gram of protein is taken into account you’ll find that it’s actually not that much expensive than eggs or meat. The bioavailability (how much your body can actually uses the food you eat) of whey is also quite high—higher than eggs. It’s more healthy to eat whey than those meat fried in cheap vegetable oil.
For me, the best attribute of whey protein is its convenience. It’s much easier to have whey than regular food. No need to cook or store it in the fridge. Just mix it with water or milk, shake, and drink it. One scoop is around 20-25 g of protein. That’s like 3-4 eggs worth of protein in a few gulps. There is a study suggesting that 1.8 g of protein per kg of bodyweight is optimal for muscle building. It can be hard to eat all those grams from regular meals, so whey comes in handy.
Consider making whey part of your daily nutrition.