Don’t take another scoop of protein until you read this…
In the crowded space we call the fitness industry, it’s not easy to decipher what protein brand you should be taking. There are some great marketing engines out there, and some of the top brands have done very well with getting their products within arm’s reach of any major town – but does that mean they offer a better product?
We have taken the time to make you a checklist for things to look for when buying protein supplements.
Not all protein is created equal – many protein companies do everything they can to increase profit margins, even at the expense of your health or their product quality. Protein powders can contain fillers and synthetic additives that take away from the quality of your protein and should make you think twice about what you’re putting into your body.
2. Protein-to-Scoop Ratio
There is no universal serving size so when they advertise “per serving” – What does that really mean? If you’re total scoop size is larger than 34g, then you know they are overcompensating for something. Your protein-to-scoop ratio should be 75% or higher, meaning your grams of protein should represent over 75% of what’s in that total scoop. (Example 25 Grams Protein per serving with a scoop size of 32 Grams – 25g / 32g = 78% EXCELLENT)
The fewer the ingredients, the better. For instance - for a WHEY protein product, you would want it to show 100% WHEY rather than a blend of any extra “stuff” added. Glutamine, taurine, and other fillers are often added as fillers to increase overall batch sizes, which take away from the products intended use. Also, you want to see a healthy dose of naturally occurring aminos acids and BCAA’s (5G or more).
One of the most important, and deciphering, checklist items are certifications. BE PICKY!
You should look for something that is done in an FDA Registered Facility that has certification in both GMP & NSF. GMP means that they have taken the time to be audited by the FDA and certified as operating under the Good Manufacturing Practices system. NSF, at a high level, means that they have been inspected for formulation trueness in respect to its advertised label and vice versa.
5. Bang for Your Buck
This category is as pure as it gets. This is for the analytical math whiz types. How many grams of protein am I getting in a bottle, and how much per gram?
Omitting all the math, a great deal is approximately 7 cents per gram of protein.
If you are spending less on a bottle than another, but the same on per gram of protein - that means you are ingesting more useless garbage that can be harmful or will impede the absorption of the protein you spent your hard-earned money on in the first place.
Just remember – Quality over Quantity!
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