Not all protein powders are created equal! Depending on the source of protein and other ingredients, the protein concentration of products can range from as high as 88% to as low as 50%!
So we have done the research, analysed every product and ran it through the all-important taste test, and we have come up with our Top Proteins Ranking! Broken down by their key nutrition facts, compare and decide which best suits you.
When it comes to protein powders, there really is something for everyone. Just keep in mind that when buying protein, as in life, "You get what you pay for." Low-cost proteins often use inexpensive protein blends that may not be very digestible by the body.
It is also worth noting that the amount of protein required by the body depends on a person’s activity level, physical size and gender. Testing various sources and quantities of protein can help determine a mix that works best. And just because it’s easy to chug a shake after a workout doesn't mean protein powders should replace whole foods entirely. Protein powders are supplements, best used to supplement a healthy diet of nutritious whole foods.
Protein Comparison Chart Glossary
Each brand has different serving sizes with varying levels of protein, so we breakdown the cost to per gram of protein. This is calculated by taking the product price divided by the number of servings, then divided by the protein content of each serving. So why the price variation? Typically this is down to 2 factors: (1) the quality of protein used and (2) the markup manufacturers add on their product.
Types Of Protein:
- Whey Protein Concentrate: has protein content as high as 82%, is quickly absorbed, rich in amino acids and low in fat and lactose. The most widely used protein powder on the market due to its quality and value for money, it's ideal for aiding the repair and regrowth of your muscles as it can be consumed any time of the day.
- Whey Protein Isolate: has an impressive 90% protein content, cross-flow micro-filtrated to ensure it contains even less fat, cholesterol and lactose making it the perfect protein for anyone wanting to keep their fat percentage low whilst providing their body with a quality protein.
- Hydrolysed Whey Protein: An advanced, rapidly absorbed protein which has undergone controlled enzyme treatment to ensure it reaches the muscles quicker than most other proteins. Best taken immediately after a workout when the body's need for protein is elevated, it's commonly used by serious trainers and athletes.
- Casein Protein: Made from fresh skimmed milk, Casein Protein is a slow digesting source of protein that's ideal to be taken before bed as the protein synthesis is notably slower than most other proteins, drip feeding amino acids to the muscles throughout the night.
- Pea Protein: Pea protein comes from the yellow split pea, making it a popular choice for vegetarians and vegans alike. As with most plant-based proteins, pea protein is hypoallergenic. And with few additives or artificial ingredients, this one appeals to those looking for protein sources closest to the whole-food source. Isolated pea protein is often considered complete because it can contain the spectrum of essential amino acids. Even still, it remains deficient in certain amino acids and should not be used as a primary source of dietary protein.
- Rice Protein: Protein aside, brown rice protein is considered a good source of complex carbohydrates, vitamin B, and fiber. It’s also hypoallergenic, meaning it’s easily digestible and therefore almost entirely used by the body, not relieved as waste. However rice protein is a plant-based option that’s deficient in some amino acids and therefore should not comprise the main source of dietary protein.
- Soy Protein: Soy beans are one of the few plant protein sources that offer all of the essential amino acids. Protein from the soy bean may help improve the body's immune function and promote bone health. Soy may also help prevent cardiovascular disease and reduce the risk of certain cancers. However soy has come under heavy scrutiny because it is often genetically modified to produce greater crop yields. Some research has also singled out soy due to its effects on hormone levels. Many foods are already full of soy due to its extremely low-cost protein. This has led some to question whether adding even more dietary soy (via protein supplements) is a wise choice.
- June 15, 2016
- Bernadeta Sugianto