Buying protein powders is one of those items that is more complicated than it looks. What product you buy will depend on your goals, your finances, and your overall diet. But even with all those factors, there are five products that are better than others. Also, knowing what they are will help you determine what you want to buy.
It’s important to note that Myoplex is most often rated as a meal replacement supplement. Myoplex has plenty of protein in it, 42 grams per serving on average. The reason Myoplex tops the list has is because it’s a balanced supplement. Myoplex has 23 vitamins and minerals, and around 20 carbohydrates. It also has the one of the highest sources of dietary fiber at 7 grams. It has around 300 calories per serving. If you decide to try it out, give your system a few days to settle down from the increase in fiber.
2. Muscle Milk
Like Myoplex, Muscle Milk is more meal replacement than pure protein powders. But, like Myoplex, it can be used for missed meals. It has fewer grams of protein per serving than Myoplex, ranging from 21 to 32 grams, fewer carbohydrates, 18, and less fiber, vitamins and minerals and is higher in fats. It is also higher calorie, ranging between 310 to 340 per serving, depending on which flavors you prefer, meaning you have to work a little harder. But it’s cheaper.
3. Optimum Nutrition’s 100% Whey MRP
ON’s MRP is a solid product, making my number three choice. It’s not quite as good as either Myoplex or Muscle Milk in terms of nutrition. It contains a comparable protein and carb level at 45 grams and 20 grams, respectively. It has 25 vitamins and minerals, but is substantially lower in both fats and fiber. It does have higher cholesterol and sodium, though. It’s also substantially cheaper than the rest, so if you’re working within a budget, keep this product in mind.
MET-Rx is a great middle-of-the-road product. With 24 vitamins and minerals and 39 grams of protein, it will do a solid job building muscles and maintaining health. It is lower in calories, fats and fiber than the above protein powders, along with a ridiculously high level of potassium, so you’ll want to watch that.
Isopure gets a great deal of press as a wonderful supplement. It’s okay. At 300 calories it has 50 grams of protein, 25 carbohydrates, 24 vitamins and minerals. It lacks the fiber and fats of the others, however, and it tastes awful. It is a good product if you’re looking more for muscle building than nutritional supplementation, but for the price the rest are far better.
Buying straight protein powders and neglecting the rest of your diet can do bad things to your liver and kidneys. Plus, each of these can be bought in boxes with single serving packets that can be tossed in your purse or briefcase for a quick and healthy shake on the go.