Dymatize Elite Whey Protein

April 8th, 2009 No comments
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Dymatize Elite Whey Protein

Right Price

The first big WOW is the price. You can find 5 pound jars of this protein for under $36 online. That’s really good, and much less than what you’ll be paying in a store for lower quality protein. Even compared to better known brands the price is great.

Of course, price doesn’t matter if the ingredients are no good. So let’s check out the two main areas of interest:

Ingredients

24g of protein

Ok, 24 grams is pretty standard here. It’s broken down into Ion exchanged whey isolate and CF Ultra protein concentrate. This means it’s a blend of high-quality whey isolate cut with concentrate. The CF Ultra process does denature some of the whey protein, but it’s still good to go.

117 calories
2g of fat
zero carbs

Some people are advertising this as great for dieters. 117 calories is indeed on the low end of the caloric sale. This is mostly because there are no carbs in Dymatize Elite Whey.

Also, Elite Whey Protein includes a proprietary enzyme blend to help digest the protein. That’s a nice bonus since many other of it’s class do not include digestive enzymes.

Taste

You normally see protein powders with low carbs (like this one) load up on stevia or aspartame to add flavor. Instead, Dymatize uses Acesulfame K for sweetness though. If AceK is a big deal for you, I’d have to say pass on this then. If you don’t mind artificial sweeteners though, it’s okay.

They make 11 flavors so you can definitely find one you like.

Bottom Line

Excellent value. Cuts out lots of the fat and carbs from protein powder, along with a ton of cash off the price.★★★★☆

Optimum 100% Natural Whey Protein

February 22nd, 2009 1 comment

Optimum 100% Natural Whey Protein (2 pound, vanilla)Buy Now

Optimum 100% Natural Whey Protein


Highlights

  • 24 grams of protein
  • no artificial ingredients
  • added digestive enzymes

The Claim

“No artificial stuff” –Optimum Nutrition

No Artificial Anything

Let’s look at the label. Protein blend, fructose, natural flavor, lecithin. No artificial flavoring or colorants. The sweetness is provided by a moderate (70mg) addition of stevia per serving – a natural plant with no carbs like sugar, but a very sweet taste.

Optimum Nutrition is right – this is a natural protein, free of additive junk.

How’s The Protein?

Let’s not just judge this protein by what’s not in it. Does it deliver the muscle building goods?

Yes! ON’s gold standard whey is always winning awards for being the best whey protein powder on the market. The protein in this product is a protein blend composed of whey isolates, whey concentrate, and whey peptides.

The whey isolates are the portion that is fact acting. Taken right after a workout, whey isolate starts going to work to repair muscle tissue. The whey peptides are full of whey fractions (the really healthy portions of whey), while the whey concentrate balances it all out.

ON has also thrown in 4 grams of gluatmine and glutamine precursors in their mix.

Taste

The sweetness can be a little sharper than expected because of the stevia. If you’ve never tried a stevia product you might be surprised at the taste and want to pass.

On the other hand, I’m fine with stevia and don’t mind drinking this protein.

Finding a natural whey protein without stevia in it can be challenging. Consider adding in some flax oil, fruit, or milk if the taste is bothersome. It’s really up to you what you’re looking for – but for savvy people all natural is important.

The Bottom Line

ON’s trusted protein blend with even less additives. One of the best got better. Great right after a draining workout. ★★★★☆

Syntrax Nectar

February 13th, 2009 2 comments
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Syntrax Nectar

The Claim

“…so delicious that you can eat it right out of the container. Imagine putting a protein powder in your mouth and it tasting like candy.” –Syntrax

Highlights

  • 23g protein per scoop, 36 scoops per jar
  • 0 carbs, 0 fat
  • whey protein isolate

That’s Quite A Claim!

I can handle marketing speak about “the fastest this” or “a breakthrough that”, but to say you’ve got a protein you can eat right from the jar…well, that’s an intense claim. Having actually tried to eat some ON and GNC whey straight up on some cereal one day I can see the need for a whey that is engineered to taste better.

Happily, Syntrax has a winner here. Syntrax Nectar is delicious. They’ve made 8 different flavors of the regular Nectar protein and all do taste good. Really. I prefer the Crystal Sky flavor, but any will work.

I know it sounds crazy to say your whey isolate smoothie is enjoyable, but it can be. Even without mixing in ice cream, milk, or peanut butter. Even in just water.

Ok, So it Tastes Good. Does it Work?

By work you mean will it help you get ripped without adding fatty pounds, right?

Oh yeah. Syntrax is using a special blend of whey isolate called Promina Whey. Whey isolate is the fastest digesting and easiest type of protein for your body to rebuild muscle tissue with.

Promina whey on it’s own is tasteless, comes undenatured for higher quality and is produced cold. This means it has more bio-available amino acids than cheaper whey isolates. Promina also has many whey fractions like Beta Lactoglobulins, Alpha Lactoalbumin, Glycomacropeptides, Immunoglobulin, B.S. Albumin, Protease Peptone, Lactoferrin, and Lactoperoxidase.

Promina is such a biologically good whey isolate, Syntrax actually makes an unflavored Nectar version that the medical industry (hospitals, nutrionists, etc) uses.

End result? The base protein in Nectar is high quality and has more active molecules than other comparable isolates.

Downsides

Like most whey isolate powders, Syntax Nectar can get foamy when shaken or stirred around. It seems like it does it more than some of the other isolates. Not that big of a deal really, but if you’re into shaking your drink in a bottle it can be a problem.

The Bottom Line

Holy crap – my protein drink actually tastes good. Perfect for drinking during a workout or if you care how your post-workout smoothie tastes, and it’s fast to digest. ★★★★½

MET-Rx Meal Replacement Protein Shake

February 16th, 2009 No comments
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MET-Rx Meal Replacement

Highlights

  • 38 grams of protein
  • full of vitamins
  • low fat (2.5g)

The MET-Rx protein shakes are a reliable choice. The Original Meal Replacement Formula is MET-Rx’s flagship protein shake, and it keeps getting better and better. The most recent formula has cut out lots of fat and carbs, and provides 38 grams of various proteins.

The Secret Is Out!

This protein shake’s main ingredient is Metamyosyn, MET-Rx’s special protein blend. This name sounds confusing, but it isn’t really once we dive in.

Metamyosyn is a blend of several muscle building proteins – not just whey. Whey protein concentrate is included, along with egg protein and casein protein. While whey is fast acting and hits your muscles quick, casein digests much more slowly. We’re talking up to 6 hours longer.

This combination allows your muscles to get an initial blast of protein from the whey, then continue to get amped from the casein for hours!

How’s It Taste?

This is a very unassuming drink. It’s not going to make headlines on taste (the special protein blend does that), but it’s not bad at all – just a very middle of the road, easy to down, protein shake. The vanilla doesn’t have any strange additives or anything, nor is there any bad aftertaste or digestive problems.

Anything Else?

MET-Rx throws in 110% of your calcium for the day, along with lots of the B vitamins. This drink was originally made by a doctor studying nutrition in people who couldn’t eat much because of surgery, so it’s designed from the ground up to be as chock full of vitamins as possible.

The Bottom Line

A pioneering formula with lots of proteins and vitamins for muscle growth. It will provide your muscles with protein for hours. ★★★★☆

ISS Research Complete Whey Power

February 12th, 2009 No comments
ISS Research Complete Whey PowerBuy Now

ISS Research Complete Whey Power

The Claim

“…comprised of the highest quality whey protein powder and mixes instantly and tastes fantastic!” –ISS Research

Protein Highlights

  • 18g protein per scoop, 45 scoops per jar
  • no sugar/aspartame
  • low fat (1.5g total fat per serving)
  • low lactose
  • partially pre-digested whey peptides

What’s All This Actually Mean

The Complete Whey Power is a mixture of whey concentrate (WPC) and whey isolate (WPI).

What really sets ISS Research apart is that the whey isolate – the fast acting protein portion – in this powder is a hydrolysate protein.

This means the whey has already been partially broken down into a form that’s easier for your body to use. In this case, pre-digested doesn’t mean anything nasty, just that various enzymes already went to work for you.

When taken post workout, this powder is going to hit your muscles very fast and very efficiently because of this hydrosylate process.

The other main component of this powder, the whey concentrate is also very low in fat and lactose.

No More Chugging Down Protein Clumps?

ISS Research really worked on the mixability for this protein. Yeah, you’ll get better results from using a blender (still looking for a perfectly mixable protein, btw), but it’s one of the better mixing protein powders out there. It will dissolve without leaving any traces in your drink.

Flavor

The ISS Research Complete Whey Power has good flavor. The vanilla and chocolate flavors aren’t too strong. The other fruit flavors like banana and strawberry taste like ice creams.

The Bottom Line

An easy mixing combination of high quality whey concentrate and whey isolate processed with some kickass technology. Easy on the taste buds and stomach, fast hitting to your muscles. ★★★★☆