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The Ultimate Protein Buying Guide

The Ultimate Protein Buying Guide

With so many protein powders out there, it can be difficult to find the right one for you. There are many varieties, each with specific benefits. In this article, we will help you to find the ideal protein powder for you. 

What Are the Main Types of Protein Powder?

Whey protein is by far the most commonly purchased. You can get whey concentrate, which is lower in price and often contains around 80% protein. Then there is whey isolate, which can contain around 90-95% protein. 

Casein protein also comes from dairy and is slower releasing than whey. Meaning that it works well when taken in the evening or taken post-workout. 

If you are looking for a non-dairy protein powder, then there are soy-based protein powders, and vegan blends that can contain rice, peas, or other vegan protein sources. 

In the rest of this article, we will take a closer look at several of our favourite protein powders, all of which are available on The Protein Works website. 

What Are the Benefits of Protein Powders?

Protein powders provide quality protein at very low prices per serving and with minimal fat and carbohydrates. Protein shakes are easy to drink, quick to digest, and perfect whether your goal is to build muscle, maintain muscle, or burn fat. 

We’ve picked a large range of different protein powders, ones that suit vegans and vegetarians (our vegan and soy blends), ones that suit everyone else (whey protein and whey protein 360 extreme) and we’ve also highlighted our extreme range. 

Whey Protein 360

Whey Protein 360 uses a blend of dairy and soya protein to deliver a high-protein powder that is very low in carbs, fats, and total calories. A 30g serving contains 23g of protein, just 2g of fat, and less than 1.3g of sugar.

It combines both slow and fast digesting protein, making it ideal for pre-workout or post-workout nutrition. This is a premium quality whey protein blend, at a very affordable price. 

Whey Protein 360 Extreme

This is an improvement on the Whey Protein 360 formula, with an increase in protein per serving (from 23 to 27g) and the addition of the inclusion of Digezyme which is designed to help improve digestion.

Something that some people struggle with when it comes to whey protein.

100% Micellar Casein 

There are two main types of casein protein, micellar and calcium casein. Micellar differs from calcium in that it takes longer to digest, making it one of the most slow-releasing versions of protein available.

Micellar casein is ideal for anyone who wants a pre-bed or post-workout protein shake. Casein protein is also great if you are on a diet and want to reduce cravings between meals. 

Vegan Protein

The vegan protein blend that is sold by The Protein Works is made from a well chosen blend of vegan protein sources. This helps to provide a complete amino acid profile. The blend is made up of:

  • Soya protein isolate
  • Pea protein isolate
  • Hemp protein
  • Sunflower protein
  • Brown rice protein

Each serving contains 25 grams of protein, just 0.7 grams of fat, and only 0.6 grams of carbohydrates. 100 calories out of 110 come from protein, which is a superb protein to calorie ratio.

Vegan Wondershake

Our vegan Wondershake is a little lower in protein than our vegan protein powder, with just 21 grams of protein per serving. But this is by far the best tasting vegan protein powder on the market.

If you are looking for an excellent protein shake that tastes amazing, then the Vegan Wondershake could be the right choice for you.

Soy Protein 90 (Isolate)

If you are vegan, then a 100% soya protein powder is often your best bet to get all your protein needs met at a reasonable price.

Our Soy Protein 90 contains 25.7 grams of protein per serving, at just 109.3 calories. A super protein to calorie ratio. 

Final Thoughts on Protein Buying

Finding the ideal protein powder for your needs can make a huge difference to your results. Finding a flavour that suits your tastes is more important than you think, which is why we included the vegan Wondershake, as it is (in our opinion) the best tasting vegan protein powder on the market.

How well you digest your protein is also important. A slow releasing protein powder such as our 100% micellar casein powder is a great example of that. Or our soy protein 90 (isolate). 

Why not start with a whey protein shake (unless you’re vegan of course) and then see if you can feel the difference when you upgrade to Whey Protein 360 Extreme or our 100% Micellar Casein? 

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