What’s The Difference Between Whey and Lean Proteins?

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With so many protein powders out there, it can hard to know which one to pick (which is one of the reasons Neat was founded!). There's diet proteins and lean proteins, there's proteins with more ingredients than you can count, and there's Neat's simple, high-quality whey and vegan protein blends too.

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So, what's the difference between a lean protein powder and a normal whey protein powder anyway? Mostly, they're made from the same base ingredients. Sourced from milk, the curds and whey are separated and the whey is spray dried to make a powder. 

The difference is in what is added next. Some brands of protein will have added sugars, sweeteners and artificial flavourings. When it comes to lean proteins, they'll also include other ingredients that are thought to promote fat loss. There will likely be a large list of unpronounceable ingredients, which often includes Matcha, Acai, L-Carnitine and maybe CLA. 

If your goal is to building lean muscle, a lean protein seems like a logical choice. Yet realistically, what you're getting is a normal whey protein, with a bigger price tag. It's unlikely to have an impact on your waistline, just your wallet! 

It is true that Matcha green tea powder contains catechins, a group of antioxidants said to promote fat loss. Some studies have shown that drinking green tea can increase our body's rate of burning calories. But why not skip the extra sweeteners and artificial flavourings that come with your lean protein by using a simple whey protein and adding a tsp of Matcha green tea powder into your post-workout shake or breakfast smoothie. 

If you are looking to lose fat or build lean muscle, the most important thing to concentrate on is your overall consumption and diet. You don't need to pay extra for supplements that contain ingredients you don’t even understand. For us, simple, high-quality products are always best! 

Want to know more about how our proteins are made? Read our production story, here.

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