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Old 10-28-08, 08:48 AM
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Rehash - Have you found a better "protein?"

I formulate my own custom recovery drinks by mixing a combination of sports drinks and protein powders.

Currently I use Cytomax and several different protein powders. When ever I shop for a new batch of protein powder I always wonder whether there is any difference of if I should simply buy the cheapest. I don't really care much about taste, I just want to know if anyone has an idea about or reason to believe a particular "whey" protein mix is better than another.

I don't consider soy protein to match up. Any comments?
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I hated the taste or protein powder, but saw a recommendation for Optimum Nutrition's Gold Standard whey. I bought a sample pack, and was amazed at how good some of the flavors were when mixed with milk. They taste good enough that I now drink some for dessert.
As for the formulation, i assume you are referring to the amino acid mix? I have no idea if the Gold Standard formula is better than any others, but I imagine there could be a difference between brands if some mix the amino acids at sub-optimal proportions.
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Old 10-28-08, 03:55 PM
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I am guessing that some powders are more soluble or easily absorbed by your body, making them better.
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Old 10-29-08, 11:04 AM
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I get the Aussie Casseinate from the Protein Factory. Good stuff.
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ON Gold and Isoflex are my favorites. Both taste great, isoflex gets a slight quality boost but more expensive as well.
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Old 10-30-08, 12:35 PM
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I am also an OptimumNutrition (ON) fan. Most of my supp.s come from them (fish oil, BCAA's, Glutamine, caesin powder and Beta Alanine).
I'd always used the gold standard whey, but over the past year have been trying to transition away from artificial sweeteners so now use their "Gold Standard NATURAL Whey" , vanilla flavored which has 4 or 5 ingredients, no sucralose and a very mild but pleasant taste, not super sweet like the sucralose-enhanced versions.

It mixes really easily, leaves little stink in bottles, digests really well and tastes mild and nice.

I mix it with straight Maltodexterin powder for most days or HEED for race days and it tastes/works great.

I've been using ON products for 7 or 8 years and love them.


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Old 10-30-08, 05:22 PM
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egg whites are the gold standard for bodybuilders, dont overcook them though otherwise the protein will be broken down.
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I'll check ON protein mixes, I always forget, but have thought about taking boiled eggs along on a ride.
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Egg protein is "the gold standard" for protein alone, and it terms of price/gram, it is the cheapest. I used to buy protein powders, but I was definitely overdoing it in terms of % pro in my diet. Not all protein is created equal, that's understood, but when you're able to get a complete, high quality protein from such a cheap source like eggs, why buy a powder? Of course, there are non ovo-vegetarians and vegans who may want to look at different (veg.based) protein powders, but for the majority of us, dairy and eggs are great sources of protein. Frankly, the protein powder thing confuses me, because most americans do fine when it comes to meeting their protein needs.
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I find some give me gas. So I try to find one that does not cause gastric distress. Right now, I like the taste of Beverly Nutrition. MetRx never upset me. Dorian Yates did if I drank a lot of it.
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For protein, I usually eat a lot of eggwhites, fish and chicken. Seems to work well. Sometimes I have protein powdered smoothies before I go to bed, and they can work wonders for recovery.
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Originally Posted by SeanMA View Post
Egg protein is "the gold standard" for protein alone, and it terms of price/gram, it is the cheapest. I used to buy protein powders, but I was definitely overdoing it in terms of % pro in my diet. Not all protein is created equal, that's understood, but when you're able to get a complete, high quality protein from such a cheap source like eggs, why buy a powder? Of course, there are non ovo-vegetarians and vegans who may want to look at different (veg.based) protein powders, but for the majority of us, dairy and eggs are great sources of protein. Frankly, the protein powder thing confuses me, because most americans do fine when it comes to meeting their protein needs.
So do most vegans.
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EAS at costco is cheap and tasty

wally world is the cheapest ...and not too bad


almost all of them are the same protein-wise. what you pay for is mixability, and additives, and taste. the
base protein is all the same
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Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
EAS at costco is cheap and tasty

wally world is the cheapest ...and not too bad


almost all of them are the same protein-wise. what you pay for is mixability, and additives, and taste. the
base protein is all the same

Yes, all whey proteins will essentially be the same as far as actual protein content goes.

I am not a fan of the various sweeteners, sweetener substitutes or flavoring additives that seem to plague most protein powders.

I used to use EAS - I switched to ON 100% Natural because the ON has virtually no sweeteners and less than half of the cholesterol/fat than the EAS. (I actually prefer the taste of the ON as well - I am not a fan of overly sweet foods.) I don't need a protein to taste great - I need a protein that aids in recovery with the smallest amount of extraneous additives.
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