The Amino Acid Content Of Milk…The Source Of Good Ol’ Whey Protein

Whey protein is one of the highest biologically available proteins on the market, its broad yet dense amino acid content makes it first choice for most embarking in health, fitness and sporting activity. The processes involved in manufacturing whey protein powder means the amino acid profile of milk is concentrated into a powder form, meaning you get more protein per gram than you would in ordinary milk…plus it tastes great!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database explains that any type of milk, irrespective of the fat content contains 18 amino acids comprising all 9 essential amino acids, 6 conditionally essential including arginine, cysteine, glycine, proline, serine and tyrosine, as well as 3 non-essential, alanine, aspartic acid and glutamic acid.

The beauty of whey protein is that it has also had most/all of the fat and excess carbohydrates removed, leaving you with nothing but protein (or as near as dammit).


U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database, (2013). Amino acid profile of milk. Retrieved 16th August, 2013, from

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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