How to choose a protein powder

March 07, 2017

Not all protein powders are created equal and the supplement industry is notorious for masking the underlying quality of products with glossy labels and unrealistic claims. Here is a list of what we believe are the main considerations when choosing a whey protein powder.

Quality of the whey

Whey protein will make up 95% of the total product or more so it is very important that it comes from a quality source. The use of grass- fed cows in dairy production gives you the best value for money as it comes from healthy cows with a high fatty acid and antioxidant status - nutritional benefits which are passed directly to the user when consumed. Look for whey that is also hormone and chemical free as these will also taint the overall quality.

Be wary of the blending techniques some companies choose to use. This is a process of using a majority of low grade (30-40%) whey protein and blending it with a small amount of higher grade whey protein (80-90%) to raise the effective overall protein profile. Companies may also blend whey powder with milk powder effectively cutting the quality of the whey powder and therefore nutritional profile many 'mass gainer' products are made this way.

Sweetener used

The first thing you notice when tasting conventional vs organic whey protein is the difference in sweetness. There is large amount of scientific evidence regarding the harmful composition and consumption of artificial and even some natural sweeteners. It is recommended they be avoided and users substitute these for organic alternatives such as stevia where possible. Logically thinking it seems quite contradictory consuming a health supplement that is high in sugar doesn't it?

Number of Ingredients 

A typical protein powder should comprise of 3-5 listed ingredients (depending on how it is flavoured).

  • Whey Protein
  • A flavour (organic if possible)
  • A Sweetener (if any)
  • An Emulsifier (allows whey powder to mix with liquid)

Many more ingredients than this and you should start to question the integrity of the product, unless of course they are identifiable wholefoods such as flaxseeds, almond meal, chia seeds, ground coconut etc.

Its important to remember that we currently only offer whey protein powders and there are many other protein powders available in the market such as egg white, pea, brown rice, hemp and soy. The biggest difference between whey and other sources of protein is effectiveness where the body's ability to rapidly digest and convert whey protein into a nutritional sources is much quicker than most other sources.




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