What is a Protein Powder?

Protein powder is a dietary supplement that is typically made from various sources of protein, such as whey, casein, egg, soy, or plant-based proteins like pea or hemp. It is often marketed to athletes and fitness enthusiasts as a convenient way to increase protein intake and support muscle growth and recovery.

Protein powder can come in various forms, including powders, bars, and shakes. It is typically mixed with water, milk, or other liquids and consumed either before or after exercise or as a snack throughout the day.

Different types of protein powder may have different protein contents, amino acid profiles, and digestion rates. For example, whey protein is a fast-digesting protein that is typically consumed post-workout, while casein protein is a slow-digesting protein that is often consumed before bed to aid in overnight muscle recovery.