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Top 6 Whey Proteins



Introduction

Whey protein is by far the most used supplement among various different types of athletes. It is used for a variety of different reasons but is most popular with promoting muscle growth. If your goal is to build muscles, protein is super important, and one supplement everyone should keep stocked up on at all times.


What is Whey Protein?

Have you have ever opened up a greek yogurt and wondered what that liquid is sitting on top? That is whey protein, it is the primary protein found in dairy products and is a byproduct of the cheese-making process.


Why is Whey Protein so Popular?

Believe it or not, whey protein did not pick up steam in the bodybuilding industry until the early 1990s. Protein powder comes in a variety of different forms, but whey protein is the most popular because of its high bioavailability (easily digested and absorbed) and its relatively cheap cost. Protein synthesis post-exercise with whey protein is superior to soy and casein, likely because of the fast absorption rates and the amino acid composition.


Different Types of Whey Protein

There are three different types of whey protein, all three are slightly different. In most protein powders you will find a mixture of them.


Whey protein concentrate (WPC): Depending on the concentration the amount of protein can be between 25-90%, but usually around 80%. The rest is made up of lactose, fat, and other minerals.


Whey protein isolate (WPI): Further processed to remove all fat and lactose and is usually at least 90% protein.


Whey protein hydrolysate (WPH): “predigested” form of whey, makes it more easily absorbed in your body.


Top Rated Whey Protein

With hundreds of different brands of whey protein on the market today, it can be hard to figure out what is best for you. Here are the criteria we used to make our top picks:


Formula: The most important part, how it is produced, manufacturer trustworthiness, and the macronutrient profile.

Flavor: If the taste is awful, you most likely will not continue using the product even if it has a great macronutrient profile.

Customer Rating: Everyone has their own opinions, there are thousands of reviews online for our top-rated whey protein list.

Value: Sometimes the cheaper option is not the best option!


The list is in no particular order, we like each one of these products!


 

Naked Whey

Formula

From Naked Nutrition, a whey protein powder that is derived from 100% grass-fed cows. There is only one ingredient in this whey protein… whey protein concentrate. The simplicity of this product is great for anyone that wants high-quality protein without the added sugars and fillers. It also includes 5.9 grams of amino acids per serving.



Nutrition Facts

120 Calories

Total Fat: 2 grams

Total Carbs: 3 grams

Protein 25 grams


Rating: 4.9/5


Flavor

Naked whey comes in just 3 flavors, chocolate, vanilla, and unflavored. Without having the added sweeteners or flavors, allows for a rich, natural creamy flavor. Although, the thick foaminess to this could be unfavorable to some.


Rating: 4.5/5


Customer Rating

With about 2,619 ratings, customers seem to love this product. Highlights being that it mixes well, grass feed, and has no artificial sweeteners.


Rating: 4.7/5


Value

A 5-pound container with 76 servings is going to set you back $89.99 that being about $1.18 per serving which is not terrible, but a little more expensive than most other brands.


Rating: 4.3/5


Overall Rating: 4.6/5


 

Cellucor Cor-Performance Whey

Formula

Unless you have been living under a rock you have heard of the supplement company Cellucor, most popularly known for its pre-workout C4. Their whey protein is made from a blend of whey protein isolate and concentrate. Also included are natural and artificial flavors


Nutrition Facts

130 Calories

Total Fat: 1 gram

Total Carbs: 4 grams

Protein: 25 grams


Rating 4.3


Flavor

Cellucor COR-Performance comes in a few different flavors, cinnamon swirl, strawberry milkshake, peanut butter marshmallow, cookies n cream, molten chocolate, and whipped vanilla. They both have a great rich and creamy taste, and also mix great.


Rating 4.6/5


Customer Rating

With about 493 ratings people seem to like the great taste, flavors, and great value.

Rating 4.7/5


Value

A 5-pound container will get you 70 servings, costing a smooth $54.32 on Amazon. Coming to about $0.78 per serving, which is a very inexpensive whey protein.


Rating 4.9/5


Overall Rating: 4.6/5


 

ISO 100 Whey

Formula

ISO 100 Whey Is made by Dymatize, another well-known name on the market. ISO 100 is a hydrolyzed whey protein, meaning it will digest more quickly than regular whey isolate. The ingredients in ISO 100 are very similar to other whey proteins on the market, no surprises.


Nutrition Facts

120 Calories

Total Fat: 0.5 grams

Total Carbs: 2 grams

Total Protein: 25 grams


Rating 4.5/5


Flavor

ISO 100 is very sweet, so it is not surprising that it does have a great taste, even when mixed with water. It comes in 9 different flavors including some unique ones, fruity pebbles, coco pebbles, and orange creamsicle.


Rating 4.7/5


Customer Rating

With 12,955 reviews on Amazon customers love this product, mainly mentioning taste.


Rating 4.7/5


Value

A 5-pound container will get you 76 servings, and cost about $73.52 which works out to be about $0.96 per serving.


Rating 4.4/5


Overall Rating: 4.5/5


 

Ghost Whey Protein

Formula

Ghost is a relatively new company that’s more known for their pre-workout, they first debuted their whey protein just a few years ago. The Ghost brand is not as popular as some other brands, so how does it compare? One of the key differences from other whey proteins is that it’s designed to not spike your insulin levels, meaning you do not have to worry about an energy crash. It contains a mix of different whey proteins, isolate, concentrate, and hydrolyzed whey. This product is not 100% natural, but they have left out a lot of the not-so-good ingredients most other companies use.


Nutrition Facts

130 Calories

Total Fat: 0.1.5 grams

Total Carbs: 4 grams

Total Protein: 25 grams


Rating 4.5/5


Flavor

If you have ever had Ghost’s pre-workout products, then you know the flavors are pretty good. This is no different with their whey protein. And surprisingly still tastes very good when mixed with water. They have 9 different flavors, with a few unique ones; coffee ice cream, cinnamon cereal milk, Nutter Butter and Chips Ahoy.


Rating 4.6


Customer Rating

The taste is by far the most talked about in every review. Chips Ahoy and Oreo are the two most favored flavors by customers.


Rating 4.5


Value

Surprisingly, GNC or their official website is where you’ll find Ghost Whey at its lowest. Amazon’s price for whatever reason is $10 -20 higher. For 26 Servings it is going to cost you $39.99 or $1.54 per serving. By far the most expensive protein on this list.


Rating 3.9


Overall Rating: 4.4/5


 

Animal Whey Protein



Formula

The main ingredient is what they call the “Animal Whey Protein Blend”, which is a combination of whey isolate and whey concentrate. Other than that, the rest of the ingredients are consistent with what’s inside of other whey protein brands. One con is there are artificial flavors added.


Nutrition Facts

125 Calories

Total Fat: 1 gram

Total Carbs: 4 grams

Total Protein: 25 grams


Rating: 4.3


Flavor

Animal Whey has a ton of different flavors, some unique ones are Frosted Cinnamon Bun, Brownie Batter, and Red Velvet. The mix-ability of it is great, with no clumps. The taste is great but can be a little sweet.


Rating: 4.3


Customer Rating

With 1,702 ratings on Amazon, 4.6/5 stars. Customers love this product as it really hits every category, ingredient quality, value and favor.


Rating 4.6


Value

For their 4-pound size, you will get 56 servings, costing $48.95. Which works out to be $0.87 per serving. This is a really good price for this product


Rating 4.8


Overall Rating: 4.5/5


 

MusclePharm Combat


Formula

MP Combat ingredient list consists of a blend of whey isolate and whey concentrate, followed by all the rest of the typical ingredients you’d find in this type of product. No surprises.


Nutrition Facts

Calories 130

Total Fat: 1.5 grams

Total Carbs: 2 grams

Total Protein: 25 grams


Rating: 4.5


Flavor

MusclePharm Combat, in my opinion, is one of the best-tasting protein shakes on the market. Even when mixed with water it tastes great but a little watered down.


Rating: 4.7


Customer Rating

With 4,608 reviews on Amazon, its rated 4.6/5 stars. A lot of people compare this product to ON Whey and BSN Syntha-6, mainly saying MusclePharm is a better value and taste.


Rating: 4.6


Value

For their 5 pound size, you will get 66 servings for $55.34. Which is $0.84 per serving, a very good price.


Rating: 4.8


Overall Rating: 4.65/5




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