Whey Protein Content Vs A Mass Gainer Protein Content

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Before comparing these two powerhouse categories of the nutrition supplement world, it is worth noting that these are fantastic products in their own right… but if you’re looking for a very high protein product that gives you lean mass, then be sure that you know the difference between the two!

Whey protein supplement delivers high protein, low carbs and low calories. An average whey protein shake should deliver around 70% protein.

A mass gainer supplement also delivers high amounts of protein per serving, but this is only because of the quantity of the stuff you have to consume. Mass gainers are not protein dense per se, yes they deliver a lot of protein per serving, but that doesn’t mean they are high in protein in relation to weight. For example, a mass gainer may only be 15% protein relative to mass, compared to a whey protein shake that delivers 70%...confusing? Consider this…

Take a 30g scoop of a whey protein such as Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey and you’ll get around 24g protein. Take the same amount (30g scoop) of a mass gainer supplement and you will get maybe 4-5g of protein. The key to a mass gainer supplement massive success at gaining weight is the amount you consume, so a 334g scoop of a gainer (an average serving) delivers around 50g protein. Mass gainers are great for increasing overall size and mass, but it is nowhere near as protein dense as an average whey protein supplement.

Mass gainer vs whey protein

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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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