Hop wrote:As I think is widely known, it can often be confusing how many differing and contradictory things one reads & hears pertaining to the field of health and fitness, including nutrition. To the one who is seeking sound information and advice it can even get discouraging.
I have been coming across this sort of thing concerning the topic of casein protein. Not to restate what most reading this already know, but many have felt that taking casein protein before going to bed is a good thing, b/c it is a type of protein that is released gradually (as opposed to whey isolate, for example) -- thought to make sense therefore for those hours when the body is sleeping. However, recently I have been exposed to some who are staunchly against casein. So . . .
Q: Does anyone have a strong point of view about casein protein, and its virtues or lack thereof?
I would be most appreciative for any help and insight. Thank you, and I realize this has probably been discussed before.
Salto wrote:A lot of the talk around casein strikes me as brotastic. I'm unconvinced there's solid evidence casein will help you in a way that food or whey wouldn't. In fact, I would challenge you to convince yourself -- at night, take casein for 3 months and record your gains, take whey for 3 months and record your gains, eat a solid snack (w/ protein) for 3 months and record your gains. I'd bet most people won't see any difference, and their gains wax and wain depending mostly on how well their workouts go. And if that's true, you should just stick with food. If you don't feel like doing the experiment, also just stick with food.
I'm not sure we're at the "preponderance of the evidence" point for casein and negative health effects, but *if* food or whey work just as well for YOU, another small reason to wait it out on casein.
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