This review is long overdue... Since my recent stint of inactivity there have been quite a few products I've tried and gone through that I should review, so I'm starting with this one. A solid whey protein should be a staple in any athlete's supplementation regimen, but I would advise you to steer clear...
This review is long overdue... Since my recent stint of inactivity there have been quite a few products I've tried and gone through that I should review, so I'm starting with this one. A solid whey protein should be a staple in any athlete's supplementation regimen, but I would advise you to steer clear of this one.
Serving Size: 39g
Calories From Fat 20
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 150mg 6%
Potassium 220mg 6%
Total Carb. 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 26g 52%
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Basically, in a 39g serving, you get 2/3 protein and 1/3 other stuff. And with a whey powder that's advertised as a post-workout supp, this is not enough. Many other whey powders hover in the 75-80% range. When you see the ingredient list, it's even more questionable. From the label as follows:
Whey Protein Concentrate (Whey Protein Concentrate, Soy Lecithin), Corn Maltodextrin, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Salt, Whey Protein Isolate, Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum, Acesulfame Potassium And Sucralose.
The protein is poor quality, period. No hydrolyzed or isolated whey, and soy as a secondary source. Bad news. In addition to the slew of fillers and sweeteners, this is just simply a poor quality whey powder. With some electrolytes, 6.3g BCAAs and 1.6g L-Glutamine, there are some bright spots in this blend, but that's just what it is -- a blend. This is not pure by any stretch, and to call it 100% Whey seems downright dishonest.
This barely passes on ingredients, in the same way a student gets points on the SAT for writing his name. Points by default.
It's hard to gauge exactly what direct impact any particular protein powder has on growth, but I would have to extrapolate from the ingredient profile that this supplement would NOT be as beneficial or readily absorbed as a higher quality whey. Therefore, as a post-workout protein source (as it is advertised) it's not a good choice. Now, at other times of the day, it might make more sense to use something like this, that is bound to digest more slowly. And that's exactly how I chose to use it most of the time.
Now the basic purpose for any supplement like this is to hit your macros, and in a very crude and un-refined way, this can do the job.
I had the Vanilla flavor, and as far as protein powders go, this was par for the course. Certainly tolerable, not very enjoyable, and sometimes a challenge in large quantities. The general consensus seems to be that Chocolate is better, which I don't doubt. Other vanilla-flavored whey powders I've had (such as ON Gold Standard) taste much better. As per usual, this is much more enjoyable in milk than in water, but does not mix as well. If you can use a blender, mix it with milk.
This powder did not mix very readily, I suspect because of the purity and percentage composition of fillers and other ingredients. Unless I allowed the mixture to sit for an inordinate amount of time, with vigorous shaking, I would inevitably have a good deal of clumps, which made ingestion all the more challenging. In my limited experience when I bought this, I figured these difficulties were normal. But since then, I've learned better.
I also noticed that, even in cool and dry conditions, the powder would get sticky in the bag, and thus the scoop, which sometimes made dosing difficult. Another demerit.
This is really the only (semi) bright spot for an otherwise generally poor product. I bought a 5 lb. bag of this at a BJ's Wholesale Club for little more than $30. As far as protein powders go, this makes the cost/serving quite reasonable, and it was really the only thing that made me decide to pick it up. Now this isn't quite the same cost ratio as some bulk quantities you can order online, and it's hard to praise price when the product itself is not very good.
I should also mention that after a short amount of time, the bag broke near the bottom, for no perceivable reason, which forced me to divvy up the remaining powder into tupperware containers. So basically, poor quality all around.
Thinking back, I wish I'd made a better choice, and you should learn from my mistake. This is not a good product, and although the price may be tempting in certain cases, don't fall for temptation and break this commandment: "Thou shalt not purchase or consume poor quality protein." Stick with a tried and true whey powder. You might pay a bit more at first, but it's worth being confident that you're consuming quality ingredients, for quality results.
Have a wonderful day, SR. Over and out!
- Tolerable Flavor
- Decent Price
- Mixes Poorly
- Low Overall Quality