The Difference Between Whey Protein Isolate and Whey Protein Concentrate

Differences between Whey Protein powder isolate and concentrate

Please note that since I posted this video (2012) some of the formulations have changed in the protein powders. I have updated the post, however the two flavored “concentrate” formulas I use now have “isolate” in the mix as well. Rest assured both are non-denatured and of great quality.

Trying to choose a protein powder seems easy but with all of the choices out there, it’s often very confusing. There’s lots of controversy surrounding whey protein, and it often involves the words “isolate” or “concentrate.” In this video I explain the difference between whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrate.

You’ll learn what whey is and what the difference is between whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrate. Once you determine whether you’re an isolate or a concentrate type of person you’ll be able to choose a flavor below and it will take you to the specific brand I use and/or recommend.

Whey Protein Isolate that I use and recommend

My favorite Unflavored Isolate Powder

My favorite Chocolate Isolate Powder

My favorite Vanilla Isolate Powder

Whey Protein Concentrate that I use and recommend

My favorite Unflavored Whey Protein Concentrate Powder

My favorite Chocolate Whey Protein Concentrate Powder– Please not that this is a mix of non-denatured concentrate and isolate.

My favorite Vanilla Whey Protein Concentrate Powder– Please not that this is a mix of non-denatured concentrate and isolate.

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  1. I forgot to ask in my last comment whether an Isolate Whey Protein is better if it is undenatured (as the BioChem Whey Protein indicates it is) rather than denatured. Please advise. Thanks

    • Peter-
      Thank you for your question, and I apologize for the confusion. The video is a couple of years old, and the post has been updated, so they may not jive exactly. Plus, some of the formulations in the protein powders have changed.

      I still really like and use Whey Factors. They are a mix of concentrate and isolate, taste really good, are sourced from cows that haven’t been given the hormone rbst, and are non-denatured. Here’s the link for vanilla and chocolate:

      I really like Jay Robb’s protein powders, even though he’s moved to all isolate. His protein powders are high quality, taste great, and come in a variety of flavors (we really like strawberry too!).
      Here’s the link to his vanilla protein powder:

      Chocolate is here:
      and just in case, here’s strawberry:

      I’ve moved away from BioChem recently as I don’t find their product to taste as good as the two aformentioned protein powders and they’re not as high in quality.

      If you’re looking for organic, whey protein concentrate of high quality try Terra Whey here: . It is non-denatured, even though it isn’t easy to find on the labeling. I’m not sure of the taste, as I haven’t tried it, but it’s gotten good reviews on Amazon.

      Again, thanks for your comment. I’ll look back through all of the links here and on the video and try to get them to match up.

      • I just picked up Teras whey in coffee and it is very good. Just happened to see it on sale at WFM and decided to buy. I will pick up more before the sale ends. Thank you for the recipe, I think it will be a quick breakfast option.

    I am confused because in your video on the above listed web page entitled Whey Protein Powder: Isolate vs. Concentrate, you say that BioChem is a Whey Protein Isolate. However, below your video you list the Whey Protein Concentrates that you use and recommend and included in this list is this same BioChem Whey Protein product in both the Chocolate and Vanilla flavours. Also, in the video you mention that Whey Protein Isolates are denatured. However the link for the Vanilla and Chocolate Concentrate that you recommend and use takes you the Amazon website and the description indicates that BioChem is an Isolate and is undenatured. Since the flavored whey protein concentrates you recommend are actually protein isolates, can you recommend a whey protein concentrate in both chocolate and vanilla. Thanks

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