How to Find a High Quality Protein Powder

Protein is a very popular supplement that is used by a wide range of people, but there is one problem.

This is the type of supplement that can be used by men and women, gym-goers and non-gym-goers. But, here is the thing – the problem. There are some really poor quality protein powders out there made by companies who want to make the cheapest product for the highest profit margin.

**If you prefer to watch instead of read, you can check out the video I made on this same topic HERE

Why does the quality of your protein matter?

Quality of the protein is absolutely crucial when deciding on which brand to buy and to trust because a poor quality protein has low bioavailability. Low bioavailability is a problem for your body because it doesn’t know how to use the protein. When your body doesn’t know what to do with the protein it could react in a number of ways, such as: bloat, gas, burps, upset stomach, or it will just excrete it and you are literally pooping out money. Not to mention the fact that poor quality protein tastes nasty and it doesn’t mix well, it is sandy/gritty – I know you know what I am talking about! We all have had protein we have had to hold our nose to drink or disguise it in a smoothie full of milk and fruit and peanut butter and whatever else.

So, now, let us get into what to look for when shopping for protein…

First thing you should do is find a company that is truly trustworthy. Now, THAT is a whole other conversation for another day. The company that I have researched and learned about and that I trust solely for my supplements is 1st Phorm (which you can check out here)

Anyway, what should you look for on the container?

On the container you should look for two things:

  1. Low Temperature Processed
  2. Cross Flow Microfiltrated

**You should avoid Ion Exchange processed protein

Low temperature processed is super important because when protein is exposed to high temperatures it becomes damaged and denatured. Damaged denatured protein is extremely low in bioavailability making it a poor quality product. “Low temperature processed” is a trademarked term, so some companies will use synonyms like “cold temperature processed” or something along those lines. That is code for “we didn’t pay for the low temperature process.” Last thing about low temperature processing s that it is an expensive process and companies that use it want to brag about investing so they will write it right on the container so all you have to do is read!

Cross flow microfiltration is a method of filtering the  protein. This method uses expensive ceramic filters instead of chemicals to filter the protein. Ion exchange filtration adds chemicals to the protein too filter it.  I don’t know about you – but UHHH NO THANK YOU on the unnecessary chemicals in my protein. Cross flow microfiltration is just another way to retain the nature of the protein and to not damage it in the factory.

Okay, challenge time – if you currently own a protein powder I want you to go get it. Go get it and look at the nutrition facts and read the ingredients. What does it say?? Is it low temperature processed? Does it even say?? If you don’t like what you see — time for a new protein! Finish the one you have or find someone to take it, but next time you go to buy protein I challenge you to find a superior product.

If you don’t own protein, but are looking to buy some – I challenge you to look at labels before you buy. After reading this I hope you now know what to look for so that you can be an educated consumer.

Invest in the quality product. If the cheaper product is going to make you feel gross and you are likely just going to excrete it through pooping it out – what good is it to you? It’s not.

In the supplement world you 100% get what you pay for.

 

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email me at coachsarah@gem-fitness.com.

 

For protein I use every single day, swear by, and solely recommend to all my clients you can click the links below (and get free shipping!)

Meal replacement protein (aka Level-1)

Post workout protein (aka Phormula-1)

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