What do you look for when you look for the best whey protein?
Is the best the one that tastes better or the one that has the best nutrition facts?
Of course the nutrition facts are what matters because at the end of the day you want to take in the best quality protein...but the taste, to be honest, is equally important to me.
I've tried several brands, some good and some bad.
Now I think I have a pretty good experience and I wanted to write this page to discuss my favorite whey protein shakes, and tell you what you need to when you buy your next supplements.
To Choose the Best Whey Protein Look at Nutrition Facts
To decide which one is the best whey protein, the first factor you have to look t is the nutrition facts:
- Amount per serving
- Total calories
- How much protein per serving
- How many carbs
- How much fat
- Minerals etc.
An example of bad whey protein powder is something like this (let's assume a serving of 40 grams):
- 28 g of protein
- 8 g of carbs
- 3 g of fat
- 1 g of whatever else
This looks to me more like a weight gainer rather than a whey protein..
The best whey protein powder is supposed to have a very high percentage of protein (like 37 g out of 40 g of powder), and a low percentage of carbs and fat. That way we can really call it whey protein isolate.
A good quality indicator is also the absence of aspartame!
Anyway, here's a couple of examples of good and bad quality protein powders.
As you can see above, a good protein shake provides 27 g of protein out of 30 g of powder, almost no fat nor carbs. For your information, that is the label of AllMax Nutrition IsoFlex Whey Protein.
The second one provides only 25 g of protein out of 37 g of powder, 3 g of fat and 6 g of carbs. If you want the best protein powder...this is not what you're looking for.
Despite what people say, I think that taste is very important when you consider buying protein supplements.
At the end of the day you have to drink the protein shake and you're better like it otherwise...believe me...you are going to hate it!
If you hate drinking it you are going to skip it many times and miss your supplements servings...
Been there, done that.
One time I bought protein powder from one of the major stores that we all know. I don't even remember the brand, but it was very cheap compared to others.
I tried it a few times, and then I had to get rid of it. I just couldn't swallow any more of it.
Even if it had been the best whey protein...sorry, I was done!
Now I stick to few of my favorites, those that taste ridiculously good and are good brands as well.
I can take them with milk (pre-workout or between meals) and water (post-workout) and still taste good.
I came to the conclusion that different flavors of the same brand taste good with milk and bad with water.
Some flavors like chocolate for example: great with milk, horrible with water. Some friends of mine like it anyway, many other people do.
I just think that water with chocolate flavor is gross.
Maybe you don't care about the taste, maybe your stomach doesn't complain.
I just wanted to touch the taste side because to me...it has a huge impact and I learned to avoid flavors that I don't like even if the nutrition facts are awesome.
My Top 5 Best Whey Protein Powders
As I said, I tried many different brands and here are my top 5 best whey protein powders.
#1 - BSN Syntha 6 Isolate (Strawberry)
BSN Syntha-6...the best absolute flavor I've ever tried. They're all good, strawberry milkshake is my very favorite. It's insane how addictive the flavor is.
I tried strawberry milkshake, chocolate, chocolate peanut butter (so good), banana and cookies & cream. All very good.
Despite the name "isolate" there are more carbs than you would expect, but it's a good compromise to me. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
#2 - AllMax Nutrition Isoflex (Chocolate)
AllMax Isoflex was my all time favorite before I met Syntha-6. Chocolate and chocolate-mint taste very good.
IsoFlex mixes really fast and easily, and provides basically 100% whey protein only. The amount of BCAA is also incredibly high, which is very important to recover after workout. Nutrition facts are unbeatable.
#3 - Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard (Chocolate)
Great taste, low carbs and fat.
#4 - Infinite Labs Infinite Pro 100% Whey (Chocolate)
Tried a couple of times, it's in my top-5 because of a good taste. As you can see though, it provides 10 g between carbs and fat.
#5 - Mutant Whey (Chocolate)
Same as above, I don't have a preference. Aspartame free is important. The taste is really good, it mixes well. Same family of the Mutant Mass (weight gainer).
It comes in bigger bags too so you can save quite a bit.
I hope you found some useful information here, I love to share my personal experiences to guide you to choose the best.
I am sure that some will agree and some disagree with my review. I would like to hear from you and learn how you decide what to choose.
So...let me ask you: what is YOUR favorite whey protein?
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