With expert advice and our tasting notes, you can find the best protein supplement to help support your training. Although most amateur athletes don’t need the protein powder to help them exercise, it can provide a great way to get all the nutrients you need to recover and build muscle after a workout.
It can be difficult to choose the best protein powder, given the number of choices. To narrow the field, we talked to Dr Daniel Fenton who is a GP at London Doctors Clinic and clinical director. We asked him what should people look for when choosing a powder. Fenton’s full advice is available below. However, here’s what he has to say:
“I recommend choosing a low-fat and low-carbohydrate high-protein powder. To aid muscle development, you will need all three, but balance is important.” The good part is that these three qualities cover all the vegan, whey, and casein products below, although they don’t include the recovery proteins powders, which tend to be high in carbohydrates.
How We Chose The Best Protein Powder
After getting the Fenton protein powder details, we analyzed the nutritional information of each supplement. Then we mixed them all together in a protein shake. Finally, we tried it out, paying close attention to how the mix turned out, how consistent it was, and most importantly, how it tasted.
1. Bulk Pure Whey Protein
Anthony Joshua, a heavyweight fighter, uses Bulk. If it’s good enough to AJ it might be good enough for them. The wide variety of flavours (including eight chocolates) will surely delight your taste buds. Each serving has 22g protein. At this price, the addition of 5g of BCAA (branched chain amino acid) per serving is a nice bonus.
Chocolate taste test It is an indicator of a protein powder’s quality that it tastes well with plain water. The chocolate Pure Whey Protein took very little shaking to get it silky smooth. This made for a delicious blend. Although powders can taste more like real milkshakes than the one I used, this was still very drinkable.
2. Hermosa Whey Protein Powder
Hermosa is the perfect place for those who enjoy bougie fitness classes and have a membership in a boutique gym. The protein shake is intended for Lululemon/Barry’s Bootcamp fans, but it’s far more than a status symbol. The 21g protein per serving is on par with the competition, but the flavor is well worth it.
Although the serving size is slightly higher in calories, this can be forgiven when the taste of what you’re drinking is so good. A chocolate taste test: It was easy to mix and had a pleasant texture. The shake tasted more like chocolate than the synthetic profiles that plague some cheaper powders. Milk would only enhance its richness.
3. Myprotein Clear Whey Isolate
MyProtein is famous for making high-quality nutrition supplements that are affordable. Clear Whey Isolate costs a little more than the RRP but, like most MyProtein orders, it can be often reduced, giving you a cost-effective method of getting your protein. Clear Whey isolated has a high amount of protein per 20g serving without the calories often found in whey proteins.
Clear Whey isn’t milky in taste or texture. This is great if you don’t want to be confused by the regular profile of a protein powder. Taste test of orange mango clear protein isolate: The orange mango clear whey concentrate had a taste and texture that was closer to energy drinks than standard whey, making it a refreshing option for refuelling.
The orange mango flavour blended well and didn’t taste any added ingredients or E numbers.
4. Foodspring Whey Protein
Foodspring is 100% organic, much like the Organic Protein Company (in whey protein powder), below. To keep calories down, sugar is replaced with a purified extract made from stevia. Foodspring Whey Protein provides a greater amount of protein per serve than Organic Protein Co., and the flavours are more appealing.
Cookies with cream taste test For fairness’ sake, all powders tested in our whey tasting test were mixed with water. However, the manufacturer does recommend that milk or a replacement be used. We are highlighting this because we found that the cookies/cream flavour tasted very thin when combined with H2O.
Combining milk with the cookies and cream would create a creamy shake you will love after a hard workout.
5. Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Casein
This premium powder includes micellar casein. It’s designed to be taken before sleep or between workouts in order to slowly release muscle-building BCAAs. There are four flavor options available. The 30g serving has 24g of protein, 9.6g of amino acid and comes in a variety of flavours.
6. Form Performance Protein
This vegan powder has a strong 30g protein per 40g serving. This powder is rich in protein and contains digestive enzymes. Although there isn’t much to choose from, it does include some tasty options like banoffee or tiramisu. You can also get the powder in a plastic-free compatible pouch. But, the only size you have is 520g.
That will allow you to go through the powder quickly if your workouts are frequent. Tiramisu Taste Test:We temporarily forgot which flavour we had when we tried it, and were left puzzled as to why. Our best guess was sweet coffee. It’s also a decent description for tiramisu, which is made with biscuits and coffee.
It mixed well, and although it was a little too sweet for what we were looking for, it was quite good.
7. 33Fuel Premium Protein
We aren’t worried about bog standard whey protein and don’t mind long lists of ingredients that we don’t recognize. But we can also appreciate if you don’t want to follow the same easy-going approach. If you are a vegan, this vegan protein powder is made with natural ingredients without artificial sweeteners.
Pea, rice, and sunflower make up about half of the ingredient listing, along with coconut sugar and banana. You still get 20g of protein per cup, but you’ll also get more vitamins than you’d otherwise. The 38g servings of sugar are higher because they don’t contain sweeteners. They also have 10g and 5g of carbs.
8. SiS REGO Rapid Recovery+
This powder comes with 24g of protein in a serving size of 70g. This powder also contains 38g carbs, which will aid in your recovery after endurance events.
For those who work out for long periods of time or train several times per day, the 38g carbohydrate content is sufficient. After trying several flavours of REGO powder, the REGO lemon taste test was a surprise. The texture is light and creamy with no cloying sweetness. It mixes easily with water.
9.Ultimate Performance Whey Protein
Ultimate Performance Whey Protein’s Whey is the cheapest way to start your protein quest. It does not compromise on nutrition, providing a well-formulated drink that is both low in calories (and high in protein) and relatively low in calories. The few flavour options may not appeal to everyone, but there are three basic flavors that should be sufficient
. Strawberry flavor test: Though the luminous, pink color of this ice cream might make it seem unnatural, some people enjoyed it. The only problem was the fact that there were still some clumps left after vigorous shaking.
10 .Myprotein Pro THE Whey+
You can tell a protein powder is serious when the word “THE”, written in capital letters, and it has a plus sign. Although it is fair to say that only the best ingredients were used. The 32g servings of Myprotein contain 26g protein. They use a mix from isolate and hydrolysed Whey and micellar Casein.
Myprotein also uses beadlets to provide the BCAAs in the powder in a phased manner for maximum muscle growth. A taste test of chocolate brownies. The good news is that the powder mixed quickly in warm water. Although the texture was slightly grainy, it wasn’t unpleasant. The chocolate brownie tasted exactly like the real thing. However, the flavour could be enhanced if it was mixed with milk.
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