Major protein manufacturers have quietly switched to a cheaper, less effective form of protein that sounds similar enough to the real deal to fool many customers. And some are charging more for it. Here’s what you need to know to avoid getting conned.
The protein Micellar Casein (Casein for short) has become a popular ingredient for powders and drinks due to its slow rate of digestion and the long, steady stream of amino acids it feeds to muscles – perfect before bedtime, when recovering muscles might otherwise go 7-9 hours without any nutrition.
Studies have pitted Casein against the more commonly-used variety of whey proteins and found Casein often matched or beat whey at muscle building in the critical post-workout window, and flat out whupped it at keeping muscles growing around the clock.
Many protein manufacturers immediately took notice and began charging more for casein and adding it to their existing whey products.
Then they pulled a fast one… and now that new, more expensive "casein" you've been buying may not actually work any better or longer than regular whey protein.
Some of the biggest names in the industry have begun switching from Casein to inferior (but similar sounding) Sodium-Caseinate or Calcium-Caseinate, which lack the micellar structure that provides "real” Casein’s unique benefits.
To avoid getting duped, be sure to check the label of any Casein product you’re considering. If it doesn't say "Micellar Casein" or, even better, "100% Micellar Casein" -- buy another product.