Protein is an essential macro-nutrient that helps build muscle, repair tissue, and make enzymes and hormones. When it comes to getting adequate amounts of protein, it can be difficult to ensure you eat enough lean meats and fruits and vegetables to get what your body needs. And we ALL need protein! In addition, if you rely on processed foods like McDonald’s….you definitely aren’t getting enough! (If you want to know more about protein and how much you should be getting, check out my article here!)
There are two main types of protein – animal based and plant based. Animal based proteins are the best sources of proteins – such as meat and dairy. For the sake of this article, I will be focusing on an animal based protein called Whey (if you are seeking a plant based powder, head over to my related article here) I will overview whey protein, different types of whey protein and then get into my top recommendation of The Best Whey Protein Powder – which leads ultimately to a review of that product. If you have any questions or want to share your opinions and experiences, please comment at the end of the article! I will respond promptly. 🙂 Enjoy the article!
WHEY PROTEIN – The Top Contender
When it comes to protein quality and reaping the benefits of protein, whey is king. It is easily digested and rapidly absorbed, and it is the most concentrated source of essential amino acids, including leucine, which is super important for muscle recovery and growth. Not surprisingly, research shows whey protein helps promote muscle repair and recovery after exercise, and along those lines, regular supplementation with whey protein (particularly when it’s combined with resistance training) can:
⦁ Build lean muscle
⦁ Enhance exercise recovery
⦁ Improve strength
⦁ Support muscle function
⦁ Boost metabolism
⦁ Increase Satiety
⦁ and more!
WHEY PROTEIN TYPES
1. Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC)
The amount of protein in whey protein concentrate can vary between 25-89%. The whey protein powder supplements that you find in health and nutrition stores often list whey protein concentrate on the label. This type of whey protein is usually 80% protein. The rest of the product consists of lactose (4-8%), fat, minerals, and moisture.
2. Whey Protein Isolate (WPI) (my #1 pick for whey protein!)
WPI is the purest form of whey protein available and contains between 90-95% protein. It is a good protein source for individuals with lactose intolerance as it contains little or no lactose. WPIs are also very low in fat. The cost of a WPI will be slightly higher than WPC due to the purity and higher protein content of the product.
3. Hydrolyzed Whey Protein (great for those with allergies and a sensitive g.i. system)
The long protein chains in the whey protein have been broken down into shorter chains called peptides. This makes this type of whey protein more easily absorbed by the body and may reduce the potential for allergic reactions. Hydrolyzed whey protein is often used in infant formulas and sports and medical nutrition products. Hydrolysis does not reduce the nutritional quality of the whey protein.
Tip: When you’re looking for the proper animal-based powder, look for words like cold-processed, concentrate (isolate only if you’re sensitive to lactose), hormone-free, grass-fed, and tested low for heavy metals, and make sure the protein powder does not contain sucralose or any artificial color, flavor, or sweetener.
For most people, whey protein supplements in recommended doses don’t pose any health threats. In fact, studies have shown that taking whey isolate may improve your blood cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels and other health factors. Like any supplement, though, whey isolate is not guaranteed to be safe for everyone, especially if you take it in large amounts.
If you take more than the recommended serving size of whey protein isolate, you may experience an upset stomach, cramps or other digestive discomfort. Headaches, fatigue and a reduced appetite are also possible. If you are lactose-intolerant or have a milk allergy, whey protein isolate is less likely than whey protein concentrate to make you ill, but it is still a milk-derived protein and as such could still bother your stomach. Other more serious health problems possibly associated with consuming too much protein include dehydration, kidney disease, kidney stones, osteoporosis and cancer (this is largely overblown and not supported by enough evidence yet). Keep in mind MyProtein Isolate is very high in protein – use in moderation.
Remember to always consult your physician or dietitian before starting any new supplement to ensure it is right for you.
Never use a supplement to substitute for other protein-rich foods as you may eventually develop nutrient deficiencies.
MY TOP WHEY PROTEIN POWDER
Based off of the information given above, I personally prefer whey isolate. The protein powder I used to religiously use and have now gone back to is the MyProtein Whey Isolate.
Product name: MyProtein Whey Isolate
My Overall Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Pros: Limited Lactose | Great mix-ability | Quality Ingredients in the Unflavored Version | Affordable | Highly bio-available
Cons: Some label inaccuracies (which may or may not matter to you depending – read further for the labdoor analysis) | Not a U.S. based company (if you prefer to buy within the U.S.) | All flavored powders include the sweeteners Sucralose and Acesulfame K and other ingredients labelled “bad” such as soy lecithin (go for the unflavored version as it has none of those!)
Price: Generally $0.60 cent per serving | $0.90 cent for a sample pack | $34.99 for a 2.2 lb bag (larger options available)
Quality Assurance: MyProtein is accredited by and highly rated by the following companies and third party testers
Best Place to Buy: Off of the MyProtein website where they have 35% off their best sellers right now which includes the MyProtein whey isolate and free shipping on order $49 or over. You can receive an extra 10% off of clearance items which includes the sample packs with code: WINTER10. Receive additional benefits by using my referral code SHERRY-R8 at check-out or use my referral link here.
Return Policy overview: You have 14 days to cancel your order under their 14 day return period policy, which starts on the day after you receive the item. Returns are usually processed within 7 working days of receipt of a cancelled order, and at the latest within 30 days of receipt. MyProtein will refund the original credit/debit card/PayPal account used to purchase the item.
MYPROTEIN WHEY ISOLATE PRODUCT SPECS
⦁ 93 calories per serving
⦁ 22 g protein
⦁ 90% protein content
⦁ 0 g fat and less than 2 g carbs
⦁ Low lactose mixture due to the isolate which gives you the protein while minimizing the presence of hard-to-digest lactose sugars. (less than 1 gm per serving)
⦁ Allergen information: Contains milk and soy*
⦁ Made in a facility that also handles egg, gluten and products thereof
⦁ Contains a blend of essential amino acids including BCAA’s (which naturally occur in protein, helping to build and repair muscles)
“Founded in 2004, Myprotein is now Europe’s No. 1, and based out of our Manchester offices we operate in over 70 countries through a diverse and dedicated team of staff, athletes, and active influencers.
Our world-class, in-house production facilities allow us to develop, formulate and test — using specialist Near-Infrared scanning, and X-Ray machines to make sure every single product meets the highest quality standards, leading to the British Retail Consortium certifying Myprotein the AA Grade for Food Safety.
As well as our own rigorous testing, we work closely with independent quality partner, ALS, who use stringent UKAS assessment measures to test and approve our product.
Myprotein is passionate about fueling people’s potential regardless of gender, location or background. As a global business, we’re home to over 70 nationalities, and embrace this diversity.
As Myprotein has continued to grow and diversify, so has our range and we now also specialize in a selection of plant-based and organic products. This vegan-friendly range has expanded to form one of our most-popular offerings. We now supply an extensive variety of products that contain zero animal substances, ensuring we play our part in improving general animal welfare and reducing toxic emissions.
Another commitment we hold is to reduce our environmental impact where possible, and are continuously looking to innovate more products sustainably. We use recycled and biodegradable materials in our production and aim to minimize waste across our business.” – Via the MyProtein About Us page
MOST NOTABLE AWARDS (for the sake of this review in regards to protein supplementation – other awards can be noted on their website about page)
*2015 – Myprotein highly commended for the Judges’ Special Award in the Best Factory Awards for their Warrington facility.
*2007 – Myprotein achieved ISO9001 production certification and also have GMP (Goods Manufacturing Practice) and HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) accreditation.
LABDOOR ANALYSIS – An independent Third Party Tester
*95% of calories in this product come from protein content, which is above average in this category (Mean = 67%, Standard Deviation = 20%).
*Total protein was measured at 87.6 g per 100 g of product. A 25 g serving will yield 21.9 g protein, 4.3% over its label claim.
*Total fat was measured at 0.02 g/serving, where none was claimed on the products label. At 0.02 g/serving, fat content falls significantly below the 44-78 g/day Acceptable Macro-nutrient Distribution Range (AMDR)* for men and women over 19 years of age.
*Total sodium was measured at 47.3 mg/serving, 5.4% below its 50 mg label claim. At 47.3 mg, a single serving provides 3.2% of the IOM-established Adequate Intake (AI) of sodium for men and women up to 50 years of age.
*Total sugar was measured at 0.1 g/serving, matching its label claim of <1 g. Consumption of added sugars should not exceed 5% of daily caloric intake, according to the World Health Organization’s 2014 draft guidelines. Assuming a 2000 calorie daily diet, a single serving of this product contributes only 0.4% of the maximum daily recommendation.
*Total calcium was measured at 102 mg/serving, just 2.0% over its 100 mg label claim. This product contains a small amount of calcium, with a single serving providing 10.2% of the minerals Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for men and women 19-50 years of age. It is not a significant source of other vitamins or minerals.
Note: According to the Code of Federal Regulations of the U.S. Government Publishing Office, a product containing less than 0.5 g of total fat and less than 2 mg of cholesterol per serving shall express quantities of these nutrients as zero on its label.
VIA CONSUMER LABS – An Independent Third Party Tester
ConsumerLab.com, LLC (“CL”) is the leading provider of independent test results and information to help consumers and healthcare professionals identify the best quality health and nutrition products. Consumerlab reports are protected by copyright laws. I am not permitted to share any report, in part or full, to my readers. All I can tell you is that MyProtein Whey Isolate is ConsumerLab APPROVED. To understand the qualifications of this approval, you can review their quality assurance program. To read the full report, you will have to pay for a membership which is in all honesty fairly priced ($42 for 1 year or $69 for 2 years) – you can join here.
ADDRESSING THE BIGGEST CONSUMER COMPLAINTS
The following complaints were piled from the lowest reviews from the MyProtein Website. Please note that there were much more positive reviews than negative!
1. “It’s too sweet” or “The taste is bad!” – I personally don’t have a problem with the unflavored version or the vanilla from previous use. This is totally user preference. This is the biggest complaint for MyProtein (and in my opinion, the top complaint for any protein powder) in consumer reviews on their website for various flavors. Many remark, though, it’s “as to be expected from an isolate”. They have sample packs available for the flavors. My only recommendation would be to try those if you are wanting a flavor before you buy larger quantities. Otherwise, the unflavored should not be an issue. Don’t knock it til you try it!
2. “I heard a lot of these ingredients are bad for you!” – Ingredients like Soy Lecithin, artificial sweeteners including Sucralose and Acesulfame K and some food additives, in particular, E150c can be found in all of the flavored options of the MyProtein whey isolate protein powders. If you are big into the health scene, you may have heard a lot of buzz around these words – specifically, a not so good buzz. They have been hailed as bad by some experts and studies. In the end, do your own research and get all the facts before you determine what is right for you. If these ingredients are something you want to avoid, then go for the unflavored version I recommend!
3. “Bad customer service” – The last complaint was that of customer service including 1. Not having a way to track the product 2. Not getting a hold of a real person to solve an issue 3. Not getting a receipt. All of these complaints are dated from 2015-2017 and were few and far between. Here is my own personal experience:
I ordered and immediately received an email with my receipt of order – my delivery options, the product(s) I ordered and the total cost. I then received an e-mail once the product was ready to ship which included a tracking number. I never had problems with orders, their delivery or receiving a receipt and tracking number in 2016 and 2017 and haven’t thus far presently. Here are proof of my emails received (personal/sensitive info censored for privacy):
As for getting a hold of customer service – I am currently testing their response time and whether I get a real person via all of their contact platforms. See below my findings
*Calling Customer Service – I called the number provided on the website (18444335147) and was greeted with an automated message. After selecting my needs (I chose returning a product) – it took 12 minutes and 44 seconds wait time until I received a real person. Not too bad!
*Facebook @Myprotein US – I got an immediate automatic reply with several options. I selected ‘something else’ and was instructed that a rep. would get in touch with me. It took approximately 50 minutes to get a response from a rep named Johnathon. It then took about an hour in between responses (a total of 2) and my rep changed from Johnathon to Alicia on the last response.
*Twitter @MyProtein_help and @MyProtein_CS – I sent out a tweet to their two handles – the help handle was listed on their website to contact – I noticed the CS handle on their twitter page. I sent a tweet informing of a testing of their customer service response time. I got a tweet response almost 24 hours later and was instructed to send a DM/PM. When I did, they immediately responded with a real person.
*Message via MyProtein.com customer account – I sent a message via their website through my account with them informing of a testing of their customer service response time. I immediately received an email informing me they received my message and instructed me they would try to contact me within 24 hours. I was informed if during busy hours, wait time could exceed to 48 hours. I was also pointed to a FAQ section to see if my question could be resolved there in the meantime. About 24 hours later, I received a reply message in my account. The response can be viewed below:
I used to drink MyProtein in 2016 and 2017. I ended up straying from it mainly because I was financially struggling at the time and had to cut back on things (not that MyProtein is expensive!). I also had found out about most of their products containing the Sucralose and Acesulfame K and wanted to avoid that (if those things do not bother you, by all means, try the flavors!). I couldn’t seem to find a protein powder I liked that didn’t have those or other harmful additives in it! So I just stopped using a protein powder altogether for a while. Within the last year my mom had gotten a protein powder called BioTrust and wasn’t a fan of the strong sweet vanilla cream flavor and so I started using it. I agreed the taste was overpowering but cut back and used it up. It was a tasty alternative but through my research recently while hoping to give my readers a good quality product recommendation, I found it wasn’t as great of quality of a protein powder as advertised (live and you learn! Always do your research). In the end, I’ve gone back to MyProtein with it’s quality and purity – especially knowing the unflavored version does not have those bad sweeteners! I highly recommend this product! If you are interested in making it into a delicious smoothie – check out my article on Simple smoothie recipes today.