Pick The Right Protein Shake
Post at 16:50 - 11/04/2018

We decodes your protein shake's label to help you pick the right powder

 

In brief:

- Protein shakes are difficult to get right. What sort of protein is best? Which carb-to-protein ratio is right for me?
- We've broken your most-asked questions down into a short, handy guide

For the casual gym-goer, protein shakes are a tricky business. Who's to say what's in that mysterious, neapolitan-flavoured powder is actually doing any good? Enter MH, with a comprehensive guide to what to look for in your supplement of choice - and what to avoid.

Total fat

Choose a powder with 3 grams or less per serving. Healthy fats are good, but you won’t find them in products with long shelf-lives like your protein shake.

Whey isolate vs concentrate: Isolate goes through a more extensive process to remove fat and lactose. So if the powder is pricey, make sure it contains whey protein isolate.

 

Polydextrose: This can be listed as fibre on food labels, but doesn’t have the same benefits of naturally occurring dietary fibre. So don’t ditch your five-a-day.

 

 

Carbs

The carbs in most powders are glucose or a form of corn syrup, and add no nutritional value. Pick a powder that has less than 5 grams per serving.

Dipotassium phosphate and lecithin: These additives ensure your drink can be mixed smoothly, so you don’t end up with nasty curdled chunks

Sucralose: An artificial sweetener 600 times sweeter than sugar. It doesn’t metabolise to produce energy, and thus contains zero calories.

Protein

One scoop of protein powder should contain at least 20-25 grams of protein. Anything less is a red flag that your powder contains too many fillers.

Tricalcium phosphate: Sometimes used for bone implants, this mineral is included in protein powder to prevent it from caking when liquid is added.

Papain and bromelain: Does protein upset your stomach? These ingredients help with the digestion of protein-rich powders.

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