Protein is one of those necessities that just stays in the shadows and inconspicuously does its job. Protein is kind of like a janitor: it is a key member of the team - a member whose contributions you probably take for granted - and he only get's noticed when he's not doing his job well; i.e., the toilet...
Protein is one of those necessities that just stays in the shadows and inconspicuously does its job. Protein is kind of like a janitor: it is a key member of the team - a member whose contributions you probably take for granted - and he only get's noticed when he's not doing his job well; i.e., the toilet gets backed up.
Here are my metrics for evaluation of a protein supplement (they aren't in any particular order and aren't all weighted the same): Taste, Mixability, Ingredient Profile, Digestability, Value.
Product: BodyTech Whey Tech; 5lb tub; Whey Protein Concentrate
Taste: 7 (Chocolate)
It was pleasant, but with a bit of an artificial aftertaste. It tastes good in milk, and is definitely manageable in water as well.
It mixes better than I expected it to; the drink goes down smoothly and the texture is just fine. No clumping. There will be some residue that settles out on top of the liquid and gets left on the inside of the shaker cup. Not a big deal, it's easily rinsed out with water.
Ingredient Profile: 6
The nutrition facts are quite comparable to gold standard 100% whey. Per serving: 1.5g fat, 4g carbs (1g sugar), and...17g protein. That's where things get a bit off track. Each scoop is only 71% protein, and to get your 20g protein you're also taking in roughly 2g fat and 5g carbs. I didn't personally find this to be an issue; it's just something to remember when tallying up the macros.
As far as the protein source goes, it comes from 100% whey protein concentrate, so that explains the extra fat and carbs. The label doesn't say how the concentrate was manufactured. There's 3.6g of naturally-occurring BCAAs, and "whey protein hydrolysate" (I expect that's a typo) and "l-glutamine" are both listed with the ingredients (though likely at minimal doses).
I know concentrate as a whey source poses a gastrointestinal challenge for some people. I've had poor quality protein before, and my stomach doesn't shy away from letting me know. I will tell you that my digestive issues with this protein were few and far between, and even then, some of that discomfort had to be due to the mass amounts of calories I was packing in.
I got this at Vitamin Shoppe. Regular price was about $45 with tax, but you can get it on BOGO 50% off or, like I did, with a 20% off coupon. As I said above, there's 17g protein per serving. Most protein supplements are at least 20g, so I did a little math: the 5lb tub has 80 servings of 20g of protein (calculated from 94 servings of 17g). Stick with me now – I did that so we can compare the cost per serving much more accurately to other proteins. (The calculations below are based on 80 servings.)
Regular price = $.56/serving.
20% off price = $.45/serving.
I thought that was a great price considering how much protein costs these days.
- I would buy this protein again, just not at list price. (With a 20% off coupon or the BOGO 50% off, yes.)
- Acceptable taste and above-average mixability.
- This is a solid quality whey concentrate; minimal digestive issues.
- No, it's not fat-free and carb-free, but you get what you pay for. They save money on the filtration, we save money on the protein.