How to Choose a Protein Powder - Genesis Guide! Written by Genesis Team Jun 24, 2019
How to Choose a Protein Powder - Genesis Guide!

When looking at protein powders specifically, there are a few aspects you should consider before taking the plunge.

How to Choose a Protein Powder - Genesis Guide!

Help-guides | Jun 24, 2019
Published by Genesis Team

If you’re new to the world of supplements then we know just how confronting it can all be. There are literally thousands of supplements out there from hundreds of different brands all claiming to do the same thing. Luckily for you, here at Genesis.com.au we are experts in protein powders and have spent years cultivating our knowledge to help you on your fitness journey.

When looking at protein powders specifically, there are a few aspects you should consider before taking the plunge. The quality of the product, its taste, the important ingredients, the fillers, the price, and the origin should all come into consideration. We have a passion for supplements and are so happy to be sharing that with you. If you’re here because you’re keen to try a protein -  these are the things you should look out for.

How to Choose a Protein Powder - Genesis Guide!

Protein Powders to Choose From

There are so many different forms of protein powders all made to help you reach your specific goals with your diet and preferences in mind.

Whey Protein   

The three main forms of protein powders are Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC), Whey Protein Isolate (WPI), and Whey Protein Hydrolysate (WPH). These blends contain the highest amount of essential amino acids and are researched to be the best at stimulating muscle protein synthesis as opposed to the other types. 

WPC - Whey Protein Concentrate contains very low levels of fat and carbohydrates. It is generally used for weight gain and muscle growth and is typically 30%-80% protein. 

WPI - Whey Protein Isolate is processed even more to remove all fat and lactose and is generally considered to be the purest protein on the market with 90% protein. WPI is a great all-round protein for meal replacements, cooking and post-workout shakes. 

WPH - Whey Protein Hydrolysate is protein that has been broken down even further to ensure quick digestion and fast absorption and is often more expensive due to the predigested process. Quite often WPH is a little more bitter tasting compared to WPC and WPI. 

Casein Protein 

Casein Protein is a slow digesting protein, typically taken before bed in order to sustain your body throughout the night and promote ultimate recovery.

Egg Protein 

Egg Protein is made from egg whites and is great for muscle growth and recovery. If you’re a fan of eggs, this protein is a great way to consume eggs without the mess. It is also lactose-free - making it a good protein for those with allergies. 

Soy Protein 

Soy Protein is made from soybeans which are known to be high in protein whilst remaining low in fat. It’s gentle on the digestive system and promotes muscle growth and weight loss. 

Rice Protein 

Rice Protein is made from brown rice and while it contains essential amino acids its Lysine levels are too low to be a complete protein. 

Pea Protein 

A form of plant-based proteins, Pea Protein is made from yellow split peas and is a popular protein among vegetarians and vegans. 

Vegan Proteins 

Vegan proteins have become noticeably more popular of the last decade with brands bringing out their own versions of vegan supplements. The protein included is Rice Protein, Pea Protein, Hemp Protein of Quinoa and is typically free from allergens, such as gluten and dairy. 

You want a good quality protein powder 

Unfortunately, not all proteins are created equal and when it comes to your body you only want the best of the best, right? Well, there a few ways you can ensure you are getting the best quality protein powder possible. 

  1. Digestion/ Muscle Absorption - if your body can break down the protein for fuel rather than sit in your stomach causing bloating. 
  2. Amino Acid Content - if there are essential amino acids present in the formula 
  3. The price is reasonable and there is lots of research to back it online - great products never go unseen or unheard of so if your protein is popular online you can usually trust its reputation. 

Signs of a bad protein powder 

If you have recently purchased a protein powder but something seems not quite right with it then listen to your gut! There are a number of signs that can tell you that you’ve bought a bad protein powder. 

  1. The protein powder won’t mix or is remaining clumpy when shaken
  2. The protein feels sticky in your mouth 
  3. It upsets your stomach 

All three signs indicate a cheaply manufactured protein made with fillers, and thickeners - stay away from these proteins as they do more harm than good!

What if I don’t like the taste of protein powder? 

Tasting proteins is always risky however it’s nothing to be afraid of! It’s important to consider taste if you’re going to commit to weeks of taking the same supplement every day. Thanks to the advanced world of sports supplements most brands have a range of flavours to choose from so you’re able to mix it up when needed. Quite often you’ll find proteins resemble milkshakes, sweet and creamy - however, there are some silent killers out there so choose wisely! 

Ingredients to look out for 

When choosing a protein powder you want to make sure the ingredients included are ones that will help you with your fitness goals. There are products that specialise in certain goals, including some for weight gain and others for weight loss so checking out the nutrition panel first is always a must.  

Avoid Fillers 

Fillers are sneaky ingredients the manufacturer includes in the formula to “bulk” up the protein and save money. Usually, these come in the form of coconut flour, sugar, psyllium and quite often complicate digestion. Another form of fillers is thickeners and gums that come from included soy or corn, which also causes digestion problems and blocks up your system. Soy is also an ingredient to avoid for men as research has shown it reduces testosterone levels and boosts estrogen, allowing fat to be stored in the body.

Consider the Price 

Generally with protein powders, what you pay for is what you get. The cheap  “bargain” products are often packed with fillers or cheap proteins and aren’t worth the trouble. We definitely recommend choosing a product with a trustworthy reputation and one suited to your goals.  

National or International? 

As a whole, the world of supplements has grown tremendously over the last few years. Proteins no have that slight chemical taste, they mix better without clumps and the flavouring has developed to a more enjoyable taste. While there are a number of reputable Australian brands right here on our doorstep, you can trust proteins from elsewhere too - although we recommend sticking to well-known brands. 

 

 

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