Choosing the Best Protein Powder for You?

Choosing the Best Protein Powder for You?

If you have just started looking for your first protein powder supplement, then you will know how overwhelming the various choices can be! There are all sorts of brands and there all sorts of powders. Protein powders are made from eggs, milk, whey, casein, soy, hemp, rice and even peas. There are other kinds too, but those are the main protein powders you will find.

So the question is: Which protein powder do you need? The answer is: it will totally depend upon what you are going to use it for. The main reasons people use protein powders are for

  • building muscle
  • losing weight
  • eating nutritious snacks
  • replacing meals for busy schedules

The best protein powder for any of these needs is different. Let’s take a look at each one:

Protein Powder for Bodybuilders

For bodybuilders, the three main protein powders are whey, casein and egg. Of the three, whey is the biggest seller. Whey protein powder is the superior muscle-building protein because it has the highest biological value (BV) of any other protein powder or protein food source. BV is a rating system that tells us how well the protein foods we eat convert into muscle and other tissues. Whey protein isolate, the highest quality whey protein, scores the highest at 159, with whey protein concentrate scoring a 104. These are the only two protein sources that score above 100! Casein powder and egg powder also score high and are therefore popular for bodybuilding too.

Protein Powder for Dieters

If you are dieting and trying to lose weight, casein protein powder is good choice. Casein is a very slow digesting protein source that takes about 5 hours to digest. This provides several useful benefits for weight loss – it helps us feel fuller for longer, it helps to keep energy levels, it helps to support precious muscle tissue during low-calorie diets.

Protein Powder for Meal Replacement and Healthy Snacks

If you have a very busy schedule and you find it hard to get the nutrition you need because you are missing out on main meals or snacking unhealthily, then the kind of protein powder you use is less important. What is important, is that you find a meal replacement protein powder that is easy and quick to make and delivers extra vitamins and minerals.

So, look for the protein powder that best suits your specific goals and needs.
(Editor’s Note: Thanks to proteinpowdershakes.org for sharing the initial version of this info!)

Comments Add Your Own Comment

  1. Heather says:

    Buyers often neglect to check the actual ingredients and nutritional facts. They depend a lot on ads and on the packaging for information about supplements, often overlooking the more important and relevant facts. Thanks for providing some real info here.

  2. Editor says:

    Asad, I have reorganized this article a bit so that you can better decide which type of powder you need. But I don’t have a specific protein powder brand to recommend. Try looking at our other protein powder articles. You might also try proteinpowdershakes.org which initially contributed this content.

    (Note that we are not affiliated with proteinpowdershakes.org and we have not reviewed or endorsed that website.)

  3. Asad Awan says:

    I need the best protein powder for my health. What one?

  4. J S Gramesmith says:

    It looks like very effective product, so I will try it to make me strong during bodybuilding.

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