I received an email yesterday from a young bodybuilder who said no matter what he does, he cannot stomach casein protein. Doesn’t matter what brand, it tastes disgusting, doesn’t mix properly and leaves a really bad after taste.
I know exactly where he’s coming from. I have tried around 5 brands of casein protein, and they all have the same mixing problems and “milky” taste that I really don’t like. So today I thought I’d post up a quick tip for those of you who can’t (or don’t want to) take casein protein.
Whey + EFAs alternative to casein protein:
Fat slows down digestion, so what better way to slow down fast digesting whey protein than with some healthy fats! EFAs are essential for muscle building and overall health, and are often the most overlooked part of a bodybuilders/athletes diet.
You can buy good EFA supplements in oil form, a good example is Udo’s Essential Blend. These supplements contain the correct ratio of omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 oils.
All you need to do is mix 10ml of essential fats into your 35g of whey protein and bam, you have yourself a slower digesting protein shake. It might not be as slow digesting as casein protein, but it will do the job.
Note: In my experience essential oils don’t mix as well with chocolate as they do with other flavors. Most strawberry protein supplements I’ve tried can be mixed without even noticing the oil content. Choc however might leave an aftertaste of the oil. You’ll just have to try it out for yourself!
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