Protein powders are popular because they are a convenient, cost effective way to consume fat-free, cholesterol-free protein that tastes great. With hundreds of options on the market, it can be hard to know where to start. There is no single choice that will be a great fit for everyone. However, there are several key factors that will help you determine whether or not a given protein powder is high quality. Then, you can make an educated decision about the nutritional product that you consume.
Protein powder should be easy to digest
There is a lot of debate about the type of protein that is easiest to digest. As you develop your training schedule, consider which types will best work with your routine. Concentrate protein powder absorbs in the bloodstream at a moderate pace, making it a good powder to take in between meals. Isolate powder absorbs rapidly, making it an ideal choice for post-workout consumption when you need proteins and amino acids hitting muscle cells the most. Casein has a longer digestion period than either concentrate or isolate. Typically, professional athletes and bodybuilders include casein protein powder in their final meal before bed to provide a constant flow of amino acids during the night.
Protein powder should include natural ingredients
As you consider varying options, always read the ingredient lists. A protein powder should contain a maximum of 7-10 ingredients, the majority of which are natural. If you have a hard time pronouncing most of the ingredients on the list, move on to the next powder. You should also be wary of companies that boast that their powders' “added ingredients” promote even more muscle growth.
Protein powders should have a balanced fats, carbs, and protein ratio
Some protein powders are actually mass gainers, which include higher quantities of fats and carbs than traditional types. Fats and carbs are part of a balanced diet. However, consuming excess quantities unintentionally in a mass gainer can contribute to fat gain due to the excess calories in the powder. When choosing a supplemental product, it should have 1 - 5 grams of fat, 1 - 5 grams of carbs, and 20 - 30 grams of protein to keep your weight in check.
Protein powders have various amino acid profiles
Amino acids are protein building blocks. There are between 18 and 22 distinct amino acids, each of which is found in varying proportions in different protein food sources. A given amino acid profile affects how the amino acids are used in the body. Amino acids may be added to a protein powder to improve its nutritional value. While all whey options contain the necessary amino acids, different powders provide them in different amounts. Adding specific amino acids such as arginine, BCAAs, and glutamine extends and enhances the nutritional benefit of a consumable product.
Protein powders should not offer unrealistic hype
The general rule of thumb when purchasing a protein powder is if the claim on the package sounds too good to be true, most likely it is. Many supplement manufacturers promote their products with unrealistic claims and promises. Buying into this false information can result in paying much more than you should. Take your time to compare ingredient lists, research company track records, and don't let hype influence your final purchasing decision. When you buy from a reputable company that uses high quality ingredients, you can rest assured that you are getting a great product. For more information about nutritional supplements, give us a call today at (806) 640-2090 or Contact Us via email. We can help you get started on your journey!