The ‘Jumping Protein’ Phenomenon : Protein Powder That Jumps Off Your Scoop!?

You may or may not have noticed this before, but protein can have a mind of its own! I recently took a heaped scoop of protein from the tub to notice that individual particles of powder were covering my desk. Now my hand isn’t that unsteady, so I looked a little closer. There were what looked like hundreds of tiny miniature icicles protruding from the outsides of the scoop. Having done a bit of chemistry during my studies I was confident that this resembled the effects of static electricity. So why on earth was there static in the protein, and why was this protein jumping around so much?

Static in processed powders

Powders are generally poor conductors of electricity, this means that electrostatic charges are allowed to accumulate on them. Static may be highest in isolate powders i.e. powders that have been mixed, sieved, micronized or ultra- filtered.

Surrounding environmental factors can influence the extent of static, and the fact that I have my scoop near my computer may explain this. The presence of static in a protein powder appears to be harmless, if not a little bit annoying when the powder jumps on your black jeans #stain #awkward


Newson- (2014). Controlling static electricity in powder handling operations. Retrieved 12th August, 2-014, from Discount Supplements

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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