What to look for when buying your next Protein supplement

April 11th, 2015

You, along with all other consumers, have been relying on reading the labels that show a certain percentage of what is in your protein powder.  You assume that 50% protein, let’s say whey, is actually 50% whey.  Surprise – that is not always the case.  Manufacturers will do whatever it takes to make a buck – keep that in mind always.  Check your protein for things such as amino acids or creatine.  No doubt, those are decent ingredients, BUT, they are not whey protein and they are throwing off the percentages.  Creatine, particularly, throws off the protein percentage readings by fantastic margins (due to NO2), so if you are looking for pure protein, stay away from proteins with creatine.  Another is Amino acids.  While these are technically under the protein label, they are not the protein you are buying.  Again, buyer beware.  A third trick is to add taurine.  Taurine isn’t horrible, as far as fillers go, but, again, it is not protein.  When buying protein powder, stay clear of taurine, and protein blends that include amino acids.  To be sure you are getting what you think you are getting – protein – you will need to pay a bit more.  Unfortunately, you get what you pay for when buying supplements. Look for well reputable companies with the highest percentage of protein. One good example is Optimum Nutrition’s Whey Protein. It really has become the “gold standard” of protein supplements.