Whey Protein Brands

  • sfboy987

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    May 15, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    Does it really matter what brand of whey protein one uses? I've always used the GNC whey protein, but I recently bought this brand called "Pure Protein 100% whey." I wasn't sure if this new one a bought is any good, any thoughts? Any recommendations on which brands are best?
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    May 15, 2011 7:00 AM GMT
    You should probably look at the additives some have plenty, some less..

    As well you have to figure out which brand is really less expensive because it can be confusing. For example some brands will say something like 30 grams of protein per serving.. yet a serving is 2 or 3 scoops to give you that 30 grams whereas another brand may say 25 grams of protein per serving but you only need to use one scoop. Of course the size of the scoops inside the bottle can be different sizes but I've found most of the scoops in the different bottles are the same size.

    So in reality some of those big bottles and pails of whey which you think will save you money actually can cost you more. Do your math when you're comparing the brands cost per serving and volume of contents.
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    May 15, 2011 7:02 AM GMT
    I use ON and muscle milk.
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    May 15, 2011 7:23 AM GMT
    ON all the way. I'm a preffered customer... they sell me good stuff (sounds like I'm talking about crack)!
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    Jun 29, 2011 3:51 AM GMT
    good question sfboy.. the one i signed on to ask.

    i want to avoid all the artificial additives they add, so I'm planning on getting "plain" whey protein (no flavors or sweeteners) and adding it to malted milk, with a little peanut butter added for fat.

    Anyone recommend a good simple whey protein for that?

  • mynyun

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    Jun 29, 2011 4:03 AM GMT
    I've used Gold Standard from GNC and I think my trainer uses Syntha.
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    Jun 29, 2011 4:08 AM GMT
    Jay Robb - all natural whey protien from cows untreated with hormones and sweetened with the herb Stevia instead of sugar. The stores where I live don't carry it - I order it online.
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    Jun 29, 2011 4:16 AM GMT
    Not all brands are the same. Some have branch chain amino acids, and others don't. And even then, there are different levels of BCAAs in the brands of protein. The best protein mix I've used was two scoops of Optimum Nutrition 100% whey and 1 scoop of AMP Amplified Wheybolic Extreme 60 from GNC, but I'm also a diehard loyal Optimum Nutrition fan.
  • TR_Latitude10

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    Jun 29, 2011 4:17 AM GMT
    For me, it's Nature’s Best - Isopure Perfect Zero Carb Whey Isolate protein - no additives and no flavoring added.

    Works great for fruit shakes 'cuz the artificial flavorings are blatantly aritificial
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    Jun 29, 2011 6:57 PM GMT
    jawhed...

    The Jay Robb is what someone recommended to me, and I got it. I don't like any sweeteners with which I'm not familiar, so I got the non-flavored, non-sweetened kind, and will mix it with... fruit shake? Ovaltine and peanut butter? something.

    Muchmore, you are right, though... it is pricey.

    Will follow up when I have a chance to try it.
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    Jun 29, 2011 7:37 PM GMT
    My advice is to buy pure whey protein in bulk online:

    http://www.trueprotein.com/

    http://proteinfactory.com/
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    Jun 29, 2011 7:48 PM GMT
    CHIdude saidON all the way. I'm a preffered customer... they sell me good stuff (sounds like I'm talking about crack)!


    I agree! ON is the best.
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    Jun 29, 2011 7:58 PM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos saidNot all brands are the same. Some have branch chain amino acids, and others don't. And even then, there are different levels of BCAAs in the brands of protein. The best protein mix I've used was two scoops of Optimum Nutrition 100% whey and 1 scoop of AMP Amplified Wheybolic Extreme 60 from GNC, but I'm also a diehard loyal Optimum Nutrition fan.


    Taking notes from the big boys: Tracking this thread. icon_biggrin.gif

    Does the ON 100% whey referenced above a slow digesting blend that I could take at night after a workout?
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    Jun 29, 2011 8:08 PM GMT
    BoxingWelter saidgood question sfboy.. the one i signed on to ask.

    i want to avoid all the artificial additives they add, so I'm planning on getting "plain" whey protein (no flavors or sweeteners) and adding it to malted milk, with a little peanut butter added for fat.

    Anyone recommend a good simple whey protein for that?





    It's nice to see someone else adds malted milk to his protein supplement.
    I love the stuff too.
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    Jun 30, 2011 3:33 AM GMT
    I know it has its haters but I rotate 4 tubs of Muscle Milk at one time
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jun 30, 2011 7:52 AM GMT
    n2briefs2 said
    CHIdude saidON all the way. I'm a preffered customer... they sell me good stuff (sounds like I'm talking about crack)!


    I agree! ON is the best.


    agreed
  • Spiritreaver

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    Jun 30, 2011 8:06 AM GMT
    ON all the "whey". Great flavors, relatively clean, mixes well. Their casein stuff actually makes for a GREAT stand-in for ice cream cravings. Chocolate mint is my personal favorite flavor, tastes so great in oatmeal.

    I highly recommend you focus on getting protein from food sources however. I just about never have shakes unless I'm for some reason not getting in enough protein before/after a workout. I mostly use it to curb cravings, or spice up my oatmeal.
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    Jun 30, 2011 8:23 AM GMT
    Another ON user here. I am also trying their Pro Complex Gainer, and it really taste great. icon_razz.gif
  • jperfit

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    Jun 30, 2011 8:36 AM GMT
    All of these different wheys, best rule of thumb is if your going to use whey it should be from New Zeland which seems to be the purest, they do not give hormones or antibiotics to their cattle.
  • Fritter

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    Jun 30, 2011 10:02 AM GMT
    I usually just go for whats cheapest at Wal-Mart, the grocery or drug store. That usually means Six Star Muscle's whey protien. I have tried Muscle Milk when its on sale.
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    Jul 02, 2011 2:19 AM GMT
    Spiritreaver said
    I highly recommend you focus on getting protein from food sources however. I just about never have shakes unless I'm for some reason not getting in enough protein before/after a workout. I mostly use it to curb cravings, or spice up my oatmeal.


    Gotta agree. My trainer just talked to me about this. He recommend pasteurized egg whites with chocolate milk or fruit shakes.
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    Jul 02, 2011 2:23 AM GMT
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    Bullwinklemoos saidNot all brands are the same. Some have branch chain amino acids, and others don't. And even then, there are different levels of BCAAs in the brands of protein. The best protein mix I've used was two scoops of Optimum Nutrition 100% whey and 1 scoop of AMP Amplified Wheybolic Extreme 60 from GNC, but I'm also a diehard loyal Optimum Nutrition fan.


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    Does the ON 100% whey referenced above a slow digesting blend that I could take at night after a workout?


    They have a CASEIN dude, that's the slow digesting protein for night or longer fasts.
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    Jul 02, 2011 2:24 AM GMT
    Spiritreaver saidON all the "whey". Great flavors, relatively clean, mixes well. Their casein stuff actually makes for a GREAT stand-in for ice cream cravings. Chocolate mint is my personal favorite flavor, tastes so great in oatmeal.

    I highly recommend you focus on getting protein from food sources however. I just about never have shakes unless I'm for some reason not getting in enough protein before/after a workout. I mostly use it to curb cravings, or spice up my oatmeal.


    Shut up, chocoate mint is my flavor! I get the 5 LB jugs!!! I think that stuff like water! But I've never tried it with oatmeal, gotta try that ;)
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    Jul 02, 2011 2:42 AM GMT
    Honestly most of the Protein from powders doesn't get absorbed as well as protein from natural sources.

    And if there's fake sugar in your protein (which 99% of them have) then you're basically adding a spare tire while you are building muscle, as the fake sugar gets stored in fat cells in most people's body chemistry.

    I know its not particularly flashy, but I like the unflavored ones or stevia sweetened ones. Dymatize has one and Max Muscle has a good one called Natural. They don't taste super sweet, but at least you won't end up with a fupa! icon_twisted.gif
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    Jul 02, 2011 10:33 AM GMT
    shredcutback saidHonestly most of the Protein from powders doesn't get absorbed as well as protein from natural sources.

    And if there's fake sugar in your protein (which 99% of them have) then you're basically adding a spare tire while you are building muscle, as the fake sugar gets stored in fat cells in most people's body chemistry.

    I know its not particularly flashy, but I like the unflavored ones or stevia sweetened ones. Dymatize has one and Max Muscle has a good one called Natural. They don't taste super sweet, but at least you won't end up with a fupa! icon_twisted.gif
    ^this

    Personally, I don't use any supplements. It's a bit more expensive to eat all the protein you need, but it's soooooooo much more fun to eat a lot instead of relying on some over-processed powdered water.