Know Your 'Whey' Around Your Protein...

Navigating your way around the plethora of protein supplements available on the market today can be a bit of a mine field. A mixed bag (literally) of protein isolates, concentrates, protein percentages as low as 50% and more. Does more protein mean better, or can you get exactly what you need from a middle of the range 70% protein? To go over every product on the market is impossible, so here are 3 of the best in relation to protein, carbs and cost- effectiveness.

Starting with number 3 through to 1...

3.) Optimum Health Ultimate Whey


Arguably one of the most cost effective proteins on the market, Optimum Health Ultimate Whey is a whey protein that works out at just £0.40p per serving, which by the way also delivers 21g protein from just 121calories and just 5g carbohydrate (for the carb conscious among you). Ultimate Whey is a whey blend meaning it is a combination of whey protein concentrate, whey isolate and soy meaning you get the amino acid range from the whey AND some useful flavonoids from the soy (and protein too of course).

Is Optimum Health Ultimate Whey the best protein on the market, nope, HOWEVER it does serve a very useful purpose… DELIVERING PROTEIN ON A BUDGET! Supermarkets have smart price products, so too do supplements, it just so happens that Optimum Health Ultimate Whey does better than most.


2.) Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey


The fact that this protein isn’t my number 1 choice may surprise some people, but hopefully when you see my number 1 it’ll make a little more sense. There is no doubting Optimum Nutrition will be having another massive year thanks to their flagship product Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey, but during a time of legitimate ‘self-taught consumer experts’ the protein supplement customer is becoming more and more aware of what’s going into their body. Gold Standard Whey is safe though, the brand trust is unrivalled, the ambassador support from the likes of the legendary Steve Cook and Shaun Stafford and their marketing strategy is unrivalled…good news is that it’s backed up by a great product.

Gold Standard boasts a flavour range that appeals to everyone and delivering on the flavour promise EVERY time. Providing a protein count that appeals to the most particular consumer (80% and 24g protein per serving), coupled with a carb and sugar count that is incredibly low (1g) thanks to the extraction of most of the lactose AND no added sugar. If you want a protein that tastes great, delivers nutritionally on ALL counts as well as making you part of a loyal protein community, then Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey is the one for you this 2016.


1.) Pulsin Whey Protein Isolate


Pulsin Whey Protein Isolate is a fast acting isolate protein that delivers 90% whey protein and 27g protein per 30g serving. Isolate proteins are considered the Rolls Royce of the protein world, when a whey protein is filtered free of excess lactose (carbohydrate) and several potential allergens you’re left with a powder that is packed FULL of the good stuff!

The ever informed consumer is asking for protein powders that are stripped back to their natural, unadulterated form. Demand for organic, grass-fed, non-GMO (genetically modified organism), hypoallergenic (free/low from allergens) products that are also vegetarian and vegan are on the rise. The ethnic diversity of the UK is seeing supplement companies receive more and more requests for halal or Kocher supplements meaning the ‘vegan’ classification is ever more in demand than in previous years.

As part of the ‘all- natural’ philosophy Pulsin abide by, their whey protein isolate comes in Natural flavour, meaning this superb protein powder can be added to smoothies, porridge, soups YOU NAME IT, and it doesn’t change the taste whatsoever. This product is already massive, but 2016 will no doubt hold even bigger things.


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About the Author

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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