The protein selection process leaves you with quite a few choices to make, what source e.g. whey, egg, meat, hemp, pea or soy protein, what price, and do I want a low calorie protein or one that is higher in calories to encourage weight gain? All valid questions that you should consider, but if your answer is ‘whey’, ‘cost effective’, and ‘low in carbs and calories’, then my advice would be the following… AIM FOR A PROTEIN THAT IS NO LESS THAN 70%.
Circumstances may dictate…
Yes there may be a time and place for a protein that is lower than 70%, but if you feel that this is the best you can get for your budget, then I’d say look a little harder. Some VERY cost effective options are available to you, these include Optimum Health Ultimate Whey which works out at less than 40p per serving! This is a 71% protein consisting of whey, and is low in total calories and carbs to support lean muscle mass and minimal fat gain. There really is no reason for anybody to consume a protein that is less than 70% these day (unless you’re going for a weight gainer, then you’d expect to get less protein and more carbs and calories).
If you want a whey… then buy a whey
What do I mean by this? When you go ahead and buy a whey protein, make sure that what you’re getting is at least predominantly whey, in other words, make sure whey is the first ingredient you see in the ingredients list. In order to keep costs down, many whey based supplements will contain disproportionately large amounts of soy, wheat and rice protein. Don’t get me wrong, these are legitimate sources of protein in their own right, however they are not necessarily your bodies preferred source of protein. All of the above are plant based protein and consequently have a lower biological value (BV). A lower BV means that the protein is not absorbed into the body as well as a higher BV protein such as animal derived proteins like whey, egg or meat protein. So if you want to get a good whey protein, I would look for one that either states the percentages of each protein on the label, or at least lists whey protein first on the ingredients list.
What are some of the best proteins out there?
A simple and clear question that many companies will avoid through fear of falling short. However, at Discount Supplements we have the best brands in the world, and we are therefore confident that we can deliver a top quality whey protein EVERYTIME! When selecting your next whey protein try some of the premium blends such as Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey, PhD Nutrition Pharma Whey HT+, Reflex Nutrition Instant Whey and USN Pure Protein GF-1.
Whatever you do, do not get tied up with the bigger brands though, there are some smaller brands that are also packing the good quality whey protein including Optimum Health Ultimate Whey and Pro Performance Whey Isolate.