You like working out, but honestly, your morning needs a pick-me-up before you even get started. So you want your cup of joe.
Still, you want to get that protein in, too, so you wonder if you can put whey protein in your coffee for the punch you need to excel at your workout. Will the heat affect the whey protein in coffee?
According to Abbott Nutrition, whey protein powder can be used as an effective coffee additive without destroying the nutrients.
Although heating can adversely affect other sources of protein, whey protein is soluble and can more easily withstand the heating process, and there is less coagulation compared to some other protein sources. (Coagulation has to do with the denaturation of proteins under stress, such as heat. An example is the egg whites turning from clear liquid to a white solid when we cook them.)
Typical home heating methods won’t harm the protein quality, but boiling them can cause a compromise in the flavor and odor, and that might be important to your enjoyment of the hot beverage. Other than the whey protein, calcium, potassium and sodium are usually also present in whey protein supplements, but they are quite stable in heat and are not affected.
Unfortunately, when you try to mix your whey protein in your coffee instead of creamer, you can find it clumpy and impossible to drink. There is a way to keep that from happening, though. Since whey protein is designed to mix in cold liquid, the trick is to mix the protein into some cold water first, and then add it to the coffee. It’s also the perfect carrier for adding Beta-aline, AAKG, BCAAs, glutamine, or creatine as well.
Now you can have a decent cup of coffee without the extra carbs from milk, and your 10 grams of protein mixed with 100mg of caffeine. Perfect pre-cardio drink and a morning wakeup, too.
Whey protein from milk is a complete protein, because all nine necessary amino acids essential for life are represented in milk. They must be ingested, as the body cannot synthesize them.
Because the body naturally loses nitrogen throughout the day, the nutritional need for protein in the diet is determined in most cases by estimating the degree to which dietary protein nitrogen is absorbed and retained by the body.
The Biological Value (BG) provides the percentage of absorbed nitrogen retained and Net Protein Utilisation (NPU) gives the percentage of consumed nitrogen that is retained. The Biological Value of whey protein is great in comparison to other sources of dietary protein such as eggs, fish, soy or meat.
There is a protein coffee formula that has sugar added, but is a high-quality whey protein coffee product with caffeine, although a “no extra sugar” formula and one that is decaffeinated are also available.
But if you want your coffee without the heat, there’s always the delicious alternative of iced coffee, particularly when it is combined with whey protein in a protein shake. Wonderful in the summertime before a workout, you can whip up a cold or frozen coffee protein shake in no time.
Use a blender to combine your coffee and your whey powder and ice, pulsing until the ice is crushed for iced coffee or blended for a shake. Great for a pre-workout boost, the caffeine not only stimulates alertness, but can actually help you train harder and longer, by taking your attention off the burn.
Now that’s a morning beverage we can drink to!
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