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.