What To Look For When Buying Protein Powder
Usually when somebody starts lifting, the first thing they hear is you need to have protein.
Protein is essentially what is going to help repair the damaged tissue from your training, or maintain tissue when you’re in a caloric deficit.
One way to make it easier to reach your protein intake for the day is to incorporate a protein powder. So instead of just getting your usual sources from fish, chicken or beef you can throw in a protein shake or two. Not everyone can eat that much meat and some people don’t have the time.
This is where protein powder comes in. It’s a great product that has lots of research to back it up. If you’re interested in the science and the research behind it, head to examine.com.
Are all protein powders created equal? Absolutely not.
We have three examples.
The first one is Bulk Nutrients. These guys are an Australian company and are fantastic (This is not a sponsored post). At ReGen we generally like to use Bulk Nutrients products ourselves. They don’t put fillers or anything else in with their protein. They are quite cheap and don’t use any flashy labelling or marketing gimmicks to sell their products.
The next example we have is Luxe Fitness. Judging by their pink and white label you would think that they are marketing towards woman. They have also suggested that it’s fat burning protein powder (protein powder does not and can not burn fat). But if you check out their label it says they also have other products mixed into their powder. Green tea extract, L-Carnitine, and BCAAs. Some of those products are supposed to have fat burning properties but it’s questionable. At the end of the day if you’re just looking for protein you don’t need these other products. The flashy marketing and all the extra stuff they put in there is just going to cost you more with no added benefit.
The final example is Naked Protein. These guys don’t have flashy labelling and they’re not making any claims of fat burning or easy muscle building. It’s just protein powder. They are very similar to the bulk nutrients protein.
Now we check the ingredients label. We need to know how much protein, carbs & fats are in the powder.
Naked Protein – 21g protein – 1.9g carbs – 1.9g fat
Bulk Nutrients – 22.9g protein – 2.5g carbs – 1.8g fat
Judging by the food labels these two protein powders are very similar.
Next up are the flavours. You can always jump online and check out reviews for certain brands to see if their flavours taste nice and if they mix well. This is all subjective and comes down to the individual.
After this, we check out the prices. If you have two protein powders that are similar then it all comes down to the price. Just because one is more expensive, doesn’t make it better quality.
In the end you want to look for:
- Companies that aren’t making any claims.
- Have basic packaging.
- The ingredients are what you are after – Good amount of protein, minimal carbs, no extra fillers.
- Flavours that you like.
Knowing what to look for will ensure that you don’t get ripped off buy products that you don’t need.