Concentrate vs Isolate | Which Protein Shake is Best?

Concentrate vs Isolate | Which Protein Shake is Best?

The preaching of protein, that’s pretty
much what PictureFit has been all about for a few years now. And no doubt you’ll always have me touting
protein’s importance for virtually all types of fitness goals. If you wanna get stronger, build muscle, or
even burn fat, having more protein is almost always a good idea. But, as some of you can profess, it might
be tough to get all of our protein just from the food we eat. That’s where the good ol protein supplements
come into play. One of the only handful of fitness supplements
that I deem worthy of your money. And if you ask around, most will tell you
the right “whey” to supplement protein is with WHEY protein, a protein source naturally
found in milk. However, once you do dive into the world of
whey protein supplements, you might bump into one common issue:
Which whey protein should you choose: whey concentrate or whey isolate? In this video, we’re gonna break down the
differences between these two types of whey and see which whey YOU should lean. But before we do that, I wanna give a quick
shoutout to the PicFit shop. If you ever wanted to support my endeavor
to continue delivering easily digestible fitness content to you and everyone else, then please
come check out the PicFit shop today. All purchases will directly support this channel. Rock some of the cool shirts, and for being
awesome, go ahead and take 10% off on me with the code PFIT10. Thank you. Alright, first let’s talk about whey concentrate. Whey concentrate, as you might guess, is made
by “concentrating” the milk proteins in whey. After processing steps like microfiltration,
whey concentrate will typically yield 80% protein by weight with the other 20% consisting
of milk sugars, fats, and flavoring ingredients. Double chocolate is my personal favorite. But the most important thing to take note
here is one of the milk sugars, the infamous lactose. Then, there is whey isolate, which ISOLATES
the milk proteins even further through processes like ion exchange filtration and ultrafiltration. This leads to a spicy yield of 90% or greater
protein by weight, higher than concentrate’s 80%. The extra filtration also removes virtually
all the fat, but more importantly, it gets rid of most if not all of the remaining lactose. Other than that, there’s really no other
significant difference between whey concentrate and whey isolate. Both share the same amino acid profile and
both have extremely high levels of absorption and digestibility. Both have the same immunoglobulins and lactoferrins
that are good for general health. In terms of fitness, both whey protein variants,
and protein in general, can aid in exercise recovery with no data showing one being better
than the other. In terms of body composition, well, unfortunately,
we don’t have much research comparing the two directly to one another. What we do have is plenty of data looking
at each separately and comparing them to isocaloric controls. And when it comes to this, again, both seem
to get the job done just as good as the other. In essence, they are still what they are,
protein. Total protein intake, be it from whey concentrate,
isolate, or just whole foods, is what matters most. Now, a systematic review just released this
year, 2019, did find that, after investigating 8 different whey protein studies, for fat
loss, whey concentrate actually had an upper hand. But, the researchers did make it clear that
these studies had a very high risk of bias due to low methodological quality. Simply, they were saying that these studies
might have unintentionally implemented experimental practices that would have jeopardized objective
results. So, we should take the findings of greater
fat loss from whey concentrate with a very big grain of salt. Now to answer the question: Which whey, concentrate
or isolate, should YOU take? When we take everything into consideration,
whey concentrate makes the most sense for most people. It provides virtually the same fitness benefits
as isolate, both in recovery and muscle growth, while having a potentially greater benefit
in fat loss, keyword POTENTIALLY. But most importantly, it’s usually less
expensive. Now, there are still cases where whey isolate
makes more sense. Remember, whey isolate has little to no lactose,
which is perfect for those dealing with any degree of lactose intolerance. Whey isolate also has more protein per serving. For those, especially athletes, that need
to meticulously account for every gram of protein in their supplements, then whey isolate
is the better choice. Just be aware that you will have to spend
a bit of a premium for these small differences. For everyone else, again, concentrate should
work just fine. Let me know what you think about whey concentrate
and isolate. Is there one that you personally prefer? Shoot your answer in the comments. If you enjoyed this video, please give it
a whey big thumbs up and share it with your concentrate loving friends. Subscribe for more fitness videos. As always, thank you for watching, and GET



  • PictureFit

    You're all whey awesome for watching this video!

  • Aaron Bagundang

    Not helpful

  • Dario Spirit

    Whey is crap 💩

  • complicated person

    That's a whey of thinking
    Good job

  • Young Ali

    You are dope always str8 to the point thanks man

  • puddingball

    Hey PictureFit, I want to consume less animal products because of the environmental impact of animals and their well-being. What plant-based protein powder is best according to you? I've tried rice protein, but it tastes like ****. Or should I just focus on protein-rich foods?

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  • jdogbeck1

    The right whey

  • Aᴅʀɪᴇʟ Sɪᴍᴏɴ

    Whey too many puns in this video 🙄

  • Dondie Mar C.

    How about Whey Peptides?

  • james logan

    PictureFit knows da wey!

  • Elisabeth Groout

    I prefer pea protein because i have problem with my stomach unfortunately….

  • Jericho Posadas

    I only get Whey Isolate because it's always on sale at Costco and I'm happy to know it works just as well ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • sean tellier

    Whey isolate, all the way. Although, I did get a good deal on 5lbs of ON gold standard whey. Works fine, too. 💪😎🇺🇸

  • BMGipe45

    Do you know da whey?


    Thanks buddy

  • Pawan Buxani

    Go for a blend of concentrate and isolate. Best of both 😁

  • Jecht Smith

    Do you know de whey?

  • Charles Kennedy

    Whey concentrate has more …fat , sugar , carbs and calories yet aids in losing fat better ??? I would like to see the scientific data proving such a claim …

  • FUNNIE Boy

    I have whey protein in my underpants😬

  • Arch Enemy

    I have no patience for lactose!
    So when it comes to proteins, it's my whey or the highwhey.

  • Cristhian Mora


  • Vincent Aleaga

    Can you try doing your videos with a dark theme rather than all white maybe? Sort of like dark mode?

  • Deziqn-_-Beast O

    how could whey concentrate with more fats and sugars help you lose weight? something doesnt add up

  • Alexandru Stanciu

    Like migos said: wich whey? That whey

  • FamSavageNoChill

    sees the title

    Me: does “it matter” be honest

  • muscleman041

    Concentrate for gain weight and mass
    Isolate lose fat and build muscle

  • Azfer Khan

    It depends

  • Darth Skywalker

    It depends… Oh wait wrong video.

  • spencer layne

    I would argue that isolate is a little bit better if you're trying to not gain size and bulk. And concentrate is better if you're bulking and wanting to put on mass. Only a subtle difference but if you're a serious trainer and you buy a 5kg of whey and it's 80 percent protein then 500 grams of that is carbs and sugar. So worth noting.

  • Fat-hat

    Whey past cool!

  • Z32 TwinTurbo

    Thank you sir, from the beginning on helping us. And going into crazy detail. Keep up the good work. Thank you for your time and work.

  • NB BN

    i think you could have took in consideration the different isolation methods of the iso whey

  • Matt Nicholson

    Neither. Pea Protein.

  • TaylorEZE

    Is it true that protein powder is bad for your kidneys? Or gives you kidney stones?

  • Mark Bland-Kelly

    Thanks for showing me the whey

  • John Reyes

    who watching this while eating a pizza?

  • Virtual Tech

    Just bought a Raw Whey Concentrate

  • UrUtubeCommentar

    From my recent experience, in shifting from using concentrate for a long time, to now using isolate, I have noticed that I do not bloat or have gastrointestinal disturbances as I did when taking concentrate; and this is taking into account that I am not a lactose intolerant.

  • Kins J

    WPC the easy way to go

  • Julien L.

    If isolate is more concentrated shouldn't it'll be considered cheaper in protein / money ratio ?

  • Steve Parker

    Isolate after gym and Casein at night half hour before bed.💪🏼

  • Mr. S

    Puros wheyes aqui

  • Ali Zohraby

    How about milk protein concentrate(aka mpc)?🤔🤔
    It's getting rather popular in my country.🙂🙂

  • areeb 722

    i prefer whey raw consentrate powder

  • Saad Saleem

    Concentrate for sure, gets the job done with a smaller price tag

  • Jack

    Is it beneficial to do resistance training late at night. Like from 10-10:30pm?Thanks 🙏

  • Emperor Clothes

    Low Carb is the only thing I look for in Protein Powder.

  • ronaldo wijaya

    Whey concentrate24g protein 48%, just 24×48% = 12g protein?

  • Hipolito Ruiz

    Can you do a video on steroids effects?

  • Daksh Bhatnagar

    What a "whey-deo"

  • Siddharth Shinde

    I know the answer IT DEPENDS 👍

  • Dexter Lacroy

    Who's gay for whey ? !

  • Joe B

    Are there any benefits to using Kettlebells?…thanks for your usual informative videos they have helped me over the years.

  • smont

    Whey ISO is better for most ppl because the lactose is removed and don't send you the bathroom as often. If you have no lactose issues, it doesn't matter!

  • Daniel Djurov

    Please make a video about calisthenics for teenagers and growth

  • Reg Johnson

    if youre lactose intolerant then isolate, otherwise without a doubt concentrate because it has been less processed and contains nutrients otherwise lost in the production of isolate such as CLA, healthy fats and a bunch of other stuff.
    Youre welcome.

  • hanig11

    You spend whey more time pooping with concentrate due to lactose


    I use isolated

  • Don Ruwan Wijendra

    Do elevation training masks REALLY help improve stamina?

  • Tate H

    Hey I’m a younger fan getting into fitness and was wondering if you can do a teen video

  • Allali

    Do Humans Exist

    Picture Fit : It Depends

  • Liquid Ocelot

    The price is the difference

  • carnage 001

    isolate 90% protein

  • Timothy mofojones

    None of them just eat real food haha

  • Man in Town

    The most cheap one is better for wallet growth 💪

  • Arruggi Arruggi

    Or just eat normal food

  • Randy benton

    The truth! All commercial proteins are garbage an can’t be digested well. Good luck getting abs with these protein supplements. Always buy hydrolyzed protein. It helps but you only get about 10 grams. I use a professional formula of hydrolyzed casein or hydrolyzed whey that has very small dalton Di and Tri peptides that are immediately absorbed into the blood stream and warrants the high price I pay. Wholesale whey protein cost a little over $2 a lb so the markup on protein powder is ridiculous.

  • Joseph Gokool

    Not saying which is the best whey for you is a missed opportunity 😂😂

  • Yerffej07

    The brand I got is a blend of isolate and concentrate

  • R

    Dat whey

  • Altimis Nuel

    If I can get it for free, go for Isolate.
    If I still need to make money for living, go for concentrate.
    Its not gonna be different shit "in the end". No one eat the same all their life. The points.

  • Wero loco

    I bearly turned 18 and whey protein had been causing me severe acne, then i stopped taking it ans it started to disapear, should i take isolate protein to help ?

  • Camarosspr Camarosspr

    Isolate is heavily processed. chemically and heat.
    Isolate is a coca cola equivalent. Wouldn’t get near it.

    Concentrate grass fed has much much better nutritional profile.
    Naked whey and mercola the best.
    Naked whey 25g protein out of 30g serving size is pretty high.
    Its as expensive as the very expensive coca cola isolate brands.
    Always check protein grams vs serving grams ratio.
    They scam customers by saying it has more protein grams per serving just by requiring humungous serving sizes.
    Buyer beware.
    Again, compare protein grams vs serving grams. Read the label.
    Isolate is snake oil

  • 감건우

    It's really helpful

  • HealthyChoice

    The answer at 3:38

    You welcome 😀


    You're channel is so awesome and great im loved your knowledge❤️❤️🙏👍

  • Andrew ballinger

    Just bought some whey protein but it says on the back thst it has super recovery blend creatine (as creatine monohydrate)

  • Celestial Star

    Any idea if which whey have lesser estrogen?

  • Jay Turani

    I’m lactose intolerance so Whey Isolate always works for me

  • Decmate

    Your puns are whey too cool

  • Tarequl Islam

    can an IBS patience have whey ?

  • Simba Fam

    Isolate so then I don’t shit my brains out

  • SXT Wellness Coaching

    Nice guys good animations aswell

  • Moses Passi

    Can u take both ?, eg:concentrate after ur workout n isolate in the next 2-3 hrs as a meal replacement

  • branden8045 theultramangofighter

    ….what if I'm skinny fat….do u use isolate

  • Abraham Tsitaridis

    The 54 that disliked are beta males of society

  • Amy Miller

    "in 2019, this list helped me decide for the best protein powder hope it helps you out too!"

  • Nick & Zild Music

    if you have a lactose intolerance go to isolate but if not why waste money on isolate??? concentrate was way more cheaper than isolate and it has the same amount of BCAA and protein. remember protein is a protein. even the protein on food is makes u get big and its not even an isolate!!. the only "why" the isolate is expensive its because its imported and TAX comes in.

  • nocturnal808

    I do both sucka, Whey Conselate

  • Stephen Placiente

    I want to lose weight and gain some firm muscles, which one is better?

    I'm afraid I might gain more weight if I take a wrong protein shake.. I do cardios to lose weight and lifting to gain muscles. Thanks!

  • JorgeAndresCoppiano.

    Hey PictureFit! What does it mean when people say Isolate with 95% purity? Is that related to the Protein by Weight Ratio? Or something else?

  • Dominique Govinden

    This is the whey

  • esteban ruiz

    Isolate long story short

  • Cas Martin

    I'll let you know what I think of your video: Incredible and super informative!

  • Yemeni Mesa

    Isolate > concentrate

  • Anil Lee King

    The best protein powder for skinny body

  • Zz Man

    I love Nytro Whey Ultra Elite from Mostly Isolate and Hydro. It tastes delicious!

  • Joseph Ong

    TDLW: If you're lactose intolerant/struggle with dairy/worried about dairy giving you acne then get Isolate

    Otherwise, get Concentrate

  • aesthetic barber

    why regular protein 80% concentrate makes me diarrhea

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