Wikipedia says that the hydrolysates are predigested, and more easily absorbed. So I’m thinking they might be better for my mom. Any comments?
Here’s what I read from Wikipedia…
“Whey protein typically comes in three major forms: concentrate, isolate, and hydrolysate.
Concentrates contain a low level of fat and cholesterol but, in general, have higher levels of bioactive compounds, and carbohydrates in the form of lactose ? they are 29 %-89 % protein by weight.
Isolates are processed to remove the fat, and lactose, but are usually lower in bioactive compounds as well ? they are 90 %+ protein by weight. Both of these types are mild to slightly milky in taste.
Hydrolysates are predigested, partially hydrolyzed whey proteins that, as a consequence, are more easily absorbed, but their cost is generally higher.  Highly-hydrolysed whey may be less allergenic than other forms of whey.  They are very bitter in taste.”
Here’s a good link that describes how the different forms of whey are processed.
Basiclly, the issues are as follows:
1. Yes, the product is better, but do they show what % is Hydrolyzed?
2. The more Hydrolyzed, the worse the taste and the higher cost
If you are only using up to 20% Hydrolyzed, as shown in the link, then the absorption return on investment is not there. It’s more of a marketing move.
You can see from the ingredient panel that the Optimental product contains MORE sugar than whey. And the sugar is in the form of sucrose – which is a disaccharide, not even a monosaccharide. It also contains canola oil and soybean oil – which it does not state are cold-pressed, so they are likely hydrogenated. And it contains artificial flavors.
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