My top 5 protein supplement choices based on quality, consistency, results, and taste.
The quality is outstanding as it is 100% hydrolyzed and isolated protein with 25 grams of protein per 29 gram scoop, 5.5 grams of BCAAs, and great amino acid profile. It is very easily digested and absorbs into the muscles fast for quick recovery. The ingredients list is very low containing only necessary ingredients, but it taste great! The powder is very consistent, mixes easy, and I’ve never had any problems with the powder clumping. Over all, great product!
About Time Protein Isolate:
This is the cleanest, purest protein powder I have ever seen or had. It is 100% protein isolate and has the highest protein content I have seen as well (88% with some of their flavors). It contains 24 – 25 grams of protein per scoop and has a great amino acid profile. It only contains 4 to 5 ingredients depending on the flavor and is naturally flavored with stevia. While talking about flavor, they offer over 10 flavor options. It is very easily digested, and quickly absorbed for fast recovery. It always mixes easy but the taste usually seams fairly watered down, but this is because, as I’ve said, it doesn’t contain a bunch of extra crap.
Optimum Nutrition Pro Complex:
This is, in my opinion, Optimum Nutrition’s, best protein product! It is made with 100% isolate and hydrolyzed protein from both whey and egg. There are 30 grams of protein per 37.5 gram scoop with only 3 carbs and less than a gram of fat giving it an 80% protein plus added glutamine, and a great BCAA blend with just over 7.5 grams per scoop! They come in 3 flavors (Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry) which all taste amazing. The constancy is great and easy to mix with every shake! It is a little more expensive than most products, but you get what you pay for!
Optimum Nutrition 100% Gold Standard Whey:
This is Americas #1 selling protein powder, and there are many reasons for it! First of all, it’s probably the most affordable high quality protein on the market at just under a dollar per serving with the 5 lb tub! It is the flagship product of one of the top supplement brands in the world, and is made with mostly protein isolates. It taste great and has a perfect consistency every time you drink it! They offer literally almost every flavor possible, and each one is great! Each scoop gives you 24 grams of protein, 5.5 grams of BCAAs, and 4 grams of glutamine for quick recovery, muscle growth, and general health support. There is a little bit of protein concentrate, but that doesn’t mean the quality drops a lot. It will just be digested and absorbed over a slightly longer period of time.
Quest Nutrition Protein Powder:
With some of the best tasting protein I have ever had, it’s no wonder they are known for quality products that make for a “Cheat Clean” meal! Obviously they are known for their award winning protein bars, but their powders compare very well! They offer 7 different flavors and I honestly feel like each of their shakes that I have is better than the last! It has a great thick consistency making it taste and feel more like a milkshake. They are also great for cooking with endless recipes. It is made with a protein blend, containing 60% isolate and 40% casein. This means that the majority of the protein will be very easily digested, absorbed and shuttled to the muscles for recovery. The casein however is released into the muscles over a longer period of time for increased and sustained protein synthesis. Studies have shown that mixing or making a blend from fast acting and slow acting proteins can increase your overall results over time.
I hope this helps you better understand some of these products and make a decision on your next purchase. For more help finding the right protein for you visit our last post – Finding The Right Protein.
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