Your Guide to Purchasing Protein Powder

Do you know everything you should before you purchase your protein powder?


Or do you just buy what’s cheapest, or what the guy at GNC says is his “best recommendation?”


Here are a few things you should know about choosing your protein powder and heck if you just need a decent suggestion then check out my list of recommended protein powders.


Are you having a rough time picking and choosing your protein powders? Because I am…


And I have spent years around supplements, gyms, sports, weight lifting and then spent four years at a college learning nothing but fitness and nutrition related material. Yet, I am still having a tough time choosing which company to purchase my protein powder from.


No worries, though, hopefully with this post I’ll be able to clear up you major protein debate, or, at the very least, give you some choices and tools to work with.


Here’s why we never know which protein to choose;


Protein supplements, in fact, all supplements do not have a regulating body. So, this makes it very difficult to find out if the protein powder you use is safe, effective and actually delivers the quality product that the label says it does.


Now if a company doesn’t have to produce a product that has an accurate label, then how do we find a GOOD, HIGH QUALITY protein powder?


Honestly, it takes a little research. Even then, you are choosing the best products in a bad situation, purely because you never truly know if the claims on the label of your protein powder are 100% accurate.



 If you don’t care how to find your own protein powder and just want me to tell you which ones I would purchase, then scroll down to the end of the post for my suggestions.


Continuing right along, I use a handful of resources to decide if I am going to buy or suggest a protein powder. I go to four sites that have registered supplements that have been tested in their laboratories.


All tests from these companies are third party (meaning they have no vested interest in the company/product they are testing), and all, except Labdoor(as far as I can tell), meet the guidelines for the USADA (U.S. Anit-Doping Agency).


These companies test for accuracy, substances that are banned by sporting organizations and for other possible contaminates. If you want to see the guidelines for the USADA click here.


Here are my four “go to” websites for registered/certified products:

(All links will lead you to the pages with registered products)

  1. Informed Sport
  2. Informed Choice
  3. NSF Certified for Sport
  4. Labdoor


Now if you want to go and check to see if your current protein powder meets some quality assurance tests then I would go and skim over these pages real quick just to see if your product made it on to, at least, one of these lists.


If ignorance is bliss, then continue doing what you’re doing, no worries right?!


Even though Labdoor’s tests found that label accuracy on some of the supplements they tested were off by Three whey protein jars isolated on white20%-40%, which is quite a bit when you go looking for a protein with 30 grams of protein and it only has 16 grams…


But you can always attempt to trust that the label couldn’t possibly lie to you…


Anyway, moving on.


Here is my list of protein powders that I like and recommend.


I get no funding from any of these companies, but if you do click the link and purchase from this list I will get a minuscule percentage from Amazon’s affiliate link. These are in no particular order. The protein powders listed are just some that I have taken the time to make sure have been tested for accuracy and banned substances.


  1. Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey, Naturally Flavored
  2. Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard
  3. Muscle Pharm Combat Powder
  4. Dymatize Nutrition ISO 100 Whey Protein Isolate
  5. MyProtein Impact Whey Protein
  6. Vega Sport Performance Protein
  7. EAS 100% Whey Protein
  8. Fitmiss Delight
  9. GNC Pro Performance AMP Amplified Whey-Bolic Extreme 60
  10. Optimum Nutrition Platinum Hydro Whey


Now, here’s your real question. If it’s so difficult to find a good, high quality protein powder, then why even use them?


ANSWER: You probably shouldn’t. Just eat whole foods.


BUT me personally I like the convenience of having a protein powder and I don’t mind taking a little time to find a decent product.


I don’t enjoy eating 3 eggs or 5 ounces of grilled chicken breast for my post workout protein. So, if you are able to get your protein through whole foods after a workout, then more power to ya!


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