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  • Can anyone recommend a good brand of protein powder

    I'm new to protein powders. I'm looking for whey protein with minimal added crap, no artificial sweeteners, and low sugar (obviously). I heard that quality varies between brands and an equal amount of protein between two different brands might not be an equal amount of protein that you'll get out of one of them. Any recs?

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    Something I noticed is that you'll get major differences between flavor, quality, and ability to dissolve even within the same product line of the manufacturer. Why use it? The stuff is expensive and well.... meh. Better if you EAT your protein.

    On's Whey, Gold Voodoo Hoodoo in chocolate - the cadillac of fakefood. (Good with strawberries in it.)
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    • #3
      I always advocate real food over anything processed, and the more I read the more I think whey protein is a waste of money. I haven't read anything that makes me think it's harmful - I just don't think there are any real benefits.

      That being said... you can get some inexpensive whey isolate with or without added "stuff" from TrueProtein.com. I suggest you give it a try and decide for yourself.

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      • #4
        NOW brands pure whey isolate is a popular choice - cheap in bulk on Amazon.
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        • #5
          I love this stuff.

          NSI Whey Protein Complex Powder with BCAAs Glutamine and Glutamine Precursors Chocolate -- 5 lbs - Vitacost

          It's cheap, it tastes great, there are no artificial colors or sweeteners and the only sweetener is stevia and xylitol. No fructose, no evaporated cane juice, etc. It's honestly my favorite natural protein supplement - much better than the big brands. And only 5g carbs, 2 from sugar alcohols.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by davem View Post
            Something I noticed is that you'll get major differences between flavor, quality, and ability to dissolve even within the same product line of the manufacturer. Why use it? The stuff is expensive and well.... meh. Better if you EAT your protein.

            On's Whey, Gold Voodoo Hoodoo in chocolate - the cadillac of fakefood. (Good with strawberries in it.)
            I STRONGLY disagree. I gave up whey for one week and immediately followed up my workout with 100g+ of real protein. Guess what? I was an absolute wreck. I was in more pain than I've ever been in. My legs were sore, my chest hurt, I injured my shoulder, my abs were killing me, my back was tired and I couldn't lift shift. I got back on the whey the very next week and I recovered and healed in a few days. I will never go without whey again. People preach "real protein", but it doesn't do jack shit for your recovery vs whey. My guess is because whey is much more easily absorbed and much more biovailable. Whey scores a 104 on bioavailability - it's the most easily used protein out there, even more than eggs. Beef is a lowly 79 by comparison, and it's better than chicken, pork or fish. Vegetable proteins rank in the 60's. Whey freaking rocks, just get a good natural one.
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            • #7
              Choco, also maybe the BCAAs and glutamine in your whey have extra benefits.

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              • #8
                Has anyone tried prograde - it seems to be pushed (recommended) a lot?

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                • #9
                  Dynamatize's Elite Fusion 7 is pretty good, damned tasty and gluten free. It's what I use when I forget that I shouldn't consume casein.
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                  • #10
                    Gold standard unflavored is decent and ok for the price. As one person mentioned, look into BCAAs and if you need recovery supplements post-workout, try L-Glutamine.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for the recs everyone. I ended up googling recipes for homemade protein shakes instead and made one with coconut milk, a few eggs, and some chocolate powder. Threw some almonds in too but my blender didn't do much in the way of, ya know, blending them. ..and it came out pretty awesome.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Sue View Post
                        Choco, also maybe the BCAAs and glutamine in your whey have extra benefits.
                        Likely, but I was taking 5g of BCAA's pre and post workout during this time. I was still a wreck. I needed the whey itself. It encompasses so much more than just BCAA's.
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                        • #13
                          I use LifeSource whey protein isolate(lifesource4life dot com). It claims to be from grass-fed cows. They have some flavored and some non-flavored. I mix some powdered coconut milk in to add fat. Highly recommend it.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by barryman9000 View Post
                            I always advocate real food over anything processed, and the more I read the more I think whey protein is a waste of money.
                            What have you read along those lines?

                            I haven't had any protein powder in about 20 years. But I just started lifting again, and was thinking about getting some whey or BCAAs, and it looks like whey has a lot of benefits — not just for strength gains, but for overall health. For example:

                            Functional properties of whey, whey components, an... [J Nutr Biochem. 2003] - PubMed result

                            I'd be interested in reading anything that disparages protein powder, since real food instead of powder suits my preconceived notions. But it looks to me like the research endorses whey protein powder.

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                            • #15
                              I will admit that I've had my share of protein powder (especially on the days I go to the dentist and can't eat for a day or two due to sensitivity), but I'm in the real food is better for you camp.

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