I know picking a protein supplement (or any supplement for that matter) can be overwhelming to say the least.
You want to get one that has high quality ingredients yet is affordable. Of course you want one that tastes good, but doesn’t have much, if any, sugar or fat. And if that’s not challenging enough, you have to make sure that it actually has in it what the label says it has in it. (Sadly, some unscrupulous manufacturers lie about what’s in their product.)
In order to help you sort through the confusion, I’m going to give you a list of protein supplements that I feel comfortable putting my seal of approval on. In other words, these are products that I use myself and/or recommend to my clients and friends.
I’m also going to provide you with a convenient link to a website where you can purchase that product. (I will only link to sites that have good prices and even better service… at least in my experience. And I personally buy stuff from the places that I recommend.)
AST VP2 – This is a great quality whey protein for a great price. One thing I really like about it is that it has Aminogen in it, which is a patented enzyme that helps digest protein. VP2 comes in vanilla and chocolate, and last time I tried it (admittedly a few years ago) it tasted pretty good.
Champion Pure Whey – the predominant protein in Champion Nutrition’s Pure Whey is whey concentrate, which is a good quality product for the money. But if you’re lactose intolerant or a pre-contest physique competitor, then you should probably opt for the more pure form of whey – whey isolate protein. But if you’re on a budget yet still want a good product, then it’s hard to beat 5 lbs of protein for $37.95! Though I had a sample of this a while back, I honestly forget what it tastes like, but with seven flavors to choose from, you should be able to find one you like.
ISS Research Complete Whey – ISS Research is a great, honest, reputable company, one of the few I completely trust. Their Complete Whey is a no-nonsense whey protein supplement that tastes clean and smooth and mixes super easy. About the only slightly negative thing I have to say about the product is that it is predominantly a whey concentrate. Although the lactose in the product is a fairly small amount (as they use only the highest quality whey concentrate), those with lactose intolerance should choose another product. But for those who have no problem with a little lactose, you’ll find it hard to find a better whey for the money.
ISS Research Whey Matrix – this is essentially the 5lb version of ISS’ Complete Whey (above). The only potential drawback is that is has a little added maltodextrin (carbs). This helps it taste great, but if you’re counting every gram of carbs, then the six grams in one serving of Whey Matrix may be too much. If not, then this is a great, affordable protein option – 5lbs for $39.99.
Whey / Casein “Blended” Proteins
Biotest’s Metabolic Drive is undoubtedly one of the best brands of "blended" protein around. It’s made with top quality ingredients and tastes pretty darn good, too!
To help keep costs down, Biotest only sells this protein (and many of their supplements) directly from their online store. This helps you get a great product at a very reasonable price.
More to follow…