If Myprotein is known for one thing, it has to be the seemingly endless amount of protein powders and flavors available on their website. From impacts to caseins to soy blends, they’ve got it. While more selection usually means better, it can sometimes throw off and confuse the first time buyer who doesn’t know what they need. While in the
While in the end, it is true that protein is just protein, certain types of powder can digest extremely slow while others can digest extremely fast. Even minor carb and fat ratios can make a difference depending on your reason for using a powder in the first place, not to mention how a powder tastes. In this article we will be going over the various macro/micronutrient ratios as well as digestion rates and even taste/mixability in some of the various protein powders offered on the Myprotein site, stay tuned!
How Do The Marco/Micros Compare?
Not including weight gainer powders or protein powder with added carbs, the macros don’t vary too much between types. The most basic of the powders, whey concentrate usually has about 103 calories per 25 gram serving, 1.9 grams of fat, 1 gram of carbs and 21 grams of protein. While this is usually the cheapest protein powder on the site, it is because it does have a few more grams of carbs and fats than its leaner brother (although it is still a solid choice for most types of athletes to hit their protein goals).
Next up is whey isolate that has around 93 calories per 25 gram serving, 0.1 grams of fat, 0.6 gram of carbs and 23 grams of protein. Costing a few dollars more per pound, this powder is best appreciated by those who are trying to lose weight or build lean muscle as it is absorbed quicker and more efficiently in the body as well as containing fewer calories and more protein.
Moving on to casein, this protein powder contains around 98 calories per 25 gram serving, 0.4 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of carbs, and 22 grams of protein. While this product might just seem like a better concentrate or worse isolate, it actually has the complete opposite function in the body. While whey protein digests very quickly, casein takes hours to digest giving your body a steady supply of amino acids (preferably taken before bed). This protein costs as much as isolate but its unique function makes it worth it.
Next up we have a new product to the Myprotein product line, known as Thewhey. This product is a new innovation and is meant to set the standard for sports nutrition. Its macro profile seems quite standard with 0.55 grams of fat, 1.8 grams of carbs, and 25 grams of protein per serving, but it sets itself apart by combining multiple forms of protein powder to get the best of all worlds. By containing whey isolate, concentrate and an even purer form of whey known as hydrolysate as well as a unique blend of enzymes to help break down the protein faster known as MyZyme, this powder is the best for any type of athlete to reach their performance/physique goals.
Last but not least I would have reminisced if I didn’t mention one of the many vegetarian and vegan-friendly protein powders on the market, soy. This powder has a rather normal macro profile with 96 calories per 25 gram serving, 0.1 grams of fat, 1.25 grams of carbs, and 22.5 grams of protein. It is relatively cheap and a good alternative for those who can’t/choose to not eat dairy and animal protein. While there has been speculation that soy can increase the amount of estrogen in the body, it should not be of concern if no more than a few servings of soy are consumed a day.
How Does The Tastes and Mixability Compare
If taste had nothing to do with what we ate then everybody would be eating brown rice, broccoli, and skinless chicken breast day in day out, but unfortunately we as humans have very unique and intricate taste buds that determine what we like and don’t like. Besides the macros of the protein powders offered on the Myprotein site, it is also important to find one that mixes and tastes right for you.
Whey protein concentrate is the base of all powders, cheap, normal macros, and a solid flavor. When mixed with water it can become a little clumpy and the taste might have a little left to be desired, but when mixed with milk it becomes creamy and delicious especially if you enjoy the chocolate flavors. It can be added to smoothies and shakes and if you don’t want the flavor to mask any fruit you might have put in there go for the unflavored version which is very good at adapting the flavor of whatever else is in the shake.
Next up is whey isolate, which has almost no carbs and fat. This makes isolate an ideal powder to mix with water for maximum consistency and a better flavor than concentrate. For this reason, isolate is much more popular among dieters as it can be drunk with minimal extra calories, unlike concentrate which benefits from milk or a smoothie to offset any taste or mixability issues.
Casein is again the polar opposite of whey protein as it makes whatever it is mixed into very thick. This isn’t always a bad thing though as while it isn’t ideal to mix alone with water it can go very well in oatmeal, yogurt or other protein desserts that taste better dense and thick. For any confection lovers out there I recommend mixing casein with about 200 grams of fat-free greek yogurt and when mixed enough will resemble and taste like batter from a cake or brownie. For those who don’t care as much as the taste or consistency of their protein powder though, casein can be consumed with water or milk, it just might take some getting used to first.
Now we have Thewhey, which has a superior taste to all the basic proteins listed above and can be drunk straight with water or mixed with any kind of smoothie/ protein recipe. It is hard to go wrong with this one especially when a chocolate or caramel flavor is mixed with ice cold milk.
Lastly again we have soy, which unfortunately isn’t the tastiest powder. Along with all the other plant-based powders, soy has a very distinctive earthy taste that is deterred with flavorings but is always there. While it tastes fine with milk or in a smoothie, it will definitely mix quite well and does need to be acclimated to first.
Take Home Message
There you have it! A complete breakdown of the macros, function and taste/mixability of the popular protein powders found on the Myprotein website. Of course, an article can only help you so much, now navigate over to the protein page and sample the one that intrigued you the most, and thank you for stopping by to give this a read.