Protein is a critical nutrient, but finding the right protein powder means ensuring that you are getting a high quality product to help supplement your daily protein intake.
What to look for in a protein powder:
Quality is relative concept. Speaking specifically of protein, quality is a statement of products desirability relative to other available choices. Lets face it, not all protein powders are created equal. Some protein powders cause gastro-intestinal bloating, cramps, and flatulence. Yet still, some taste like plaster of paris, are not very blendable, and are so thick that it makes you regurgitate.
The quality of a protein product is determined by the satisfaction of several requirements: Yield, Amino Acid Profile (BCAA - EAA ratio), WPI:WPC Ratio, Filler Percentage, Taste, Ease of use, Blendability, Digestibility and results.
The amino acid profile of a protein powder is also important to consider. There are two classifications of Amino acids that you should look for when buying a protein product. They are BCAA and EAA. BCAA stands for Branch Chain Amino Acids, and EAA stands for Essential Amino Acids. Both are important.
Branch Chain Amino Acids stimulate production of insulin that allows circulating blood sugar to be taken up by the muscle cells and used as an energy source. Amino Acids help the body to spare lean muscle tissue.
Essential Amino Acids include Tryptophan, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Valine, Isoleucine and Leucine. Amino Acids will determine how "complete" or "incomplete" a protein is, because proteins are made of a combination of 20 Amino Acids. When considering the Amino Acids present in a protein product it is important to remember that there are 20 amino acids, and that they each perform different functions in the human body.
When considering buying a protein supplement pay careful attention to the ingredients on the label and look for a combination of Whey, Caesin, Egg and Soy. By doing this you will be "covering all of your bases" when it comes to protein!
I recommend asking what products other people have used, and which ones tasted good and most important how they felt. Its important to find a protein powder you can actually down. You don't want something that is chalky. You want something that is very appetizing when mixed with a beverage like 1% or 0% milk, or water. Get a protein that is very easy to mix, does not stick to the side of your blender [like other products which you must use a knife to scrape off of the side of the blender receptacle]. This will ensure that you do not end up with a protein "shake" that you must CHEW when the protein clumps float on the liquids surface.
The ultimate question is: Does it work? Need help or advice with what protein powder to use? Ask me or comment below a suggestion for someone else to try out !