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What to Look for in a Protein Powder

We all know that not all protein powders are created equal. So how do you know which one you should go with? As with most all things that you eat, it comes down to ingredients.

Building muscle means upping the weights and upping your protein intake. Sounds easy enough, except for when you’re walking down the protein powder aisle. If you’ve taken a stroll through your local GNC or even just your local grocery store’s health aisle, it’s plain to see that the protein powder industry has exploded. Here’s how to weed through the junk:

Whey. You’ll want to look for Whey protein. Why? Because Whey is a complete protein (meaning it has all the essential amino acids that your body needs to build muscle) and it’s also been shown to be the most easily digestible (unless you’re lactose intolerant). You’ll want to look for a high quality - typically “grass fed” whey. One side note: because Whey is a milk protein, you’ll need to turn to plant-based protein if you’re body can’t handle milk-products.

NO GMO. When it comes to genetically modified organisms or foods we all know to say “no.” The same rule should be applied to your protein.

Say “No” to Sugar. A lot of protein powders add in sugar to make it taste better. But sugar induces the release of insulin in your body. High periods of insulin can lead to health problems such as diabetes, obesity, and vascular abnormalities. Take a look at how much sugar is in your protein and then aim to go as low as possible. Remember that sugar can come in other names too, such as maltodextrin, xylitol, and sucralose just to name a few.


Since we should all be taking in a protein shake post-workout, it’s important to know you're drinking a good one. Check out our selection of high-quality protein shake options next time you’re in the gym!