Choosing Protein Powder

When comparing protein powder mixes, you'll want to take several factors into consideration.

Type of Protein
There are four types of protein typically used in protein powder mixes:

  • Whey protein is popular because it absorbs quickly and is highly soluble.
  • Casein protein is derived from protein and is considered better at building muscle than whey protein.
  • Soy protein is preferred by vegetarians and those who need to lower cholesterol, since soy protein has the added side benefit of lowering low-density lipoproteins.
  • Egg white proteins are almost completely fat-free and cholesterol-free. Which type of protein you prefer will depend on your specific needs.

Absorption Rate
You'll want to find a protein powder that absorbs quickly and is highly soluble so you can mix it with water, juice and milk products. Whey protein powder mixes are generally considered to have the best absorbency rate.

Delivery of Protein
Look for a protein powder with a high protein purity rate. You may need to do a little research on this. The higher the protein purity rate, the more protein per amount of protein content will actually be used by your body.

You can't deny the fact that taste will have a big impact on your willingness to use a protein powder. Taste test the different brands you are considering, making sure the powder is palatable and mixes well with the liquids you drink.

Prices of protein powders can vary considerably, from less than fifty cents per serving to just under two dollars before serving of another brand. Take your finances into account as you try out different types of protein powders.

In the end, only you can decide which protein powder is best for you. Once you've narrowed your choices down to a few brands, ask your local merchant for samples of the brands you are considering.


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