According to the weather forecast, it's going to be 81 (sigh) in Atlanta this week so it seems as though 'spring has sprung'. Lots of us are more interested in fitness when the weather is warm and if getting ripped is important to you, then you need to consider isolate whey protein powder. When it's warm, I drink a cherry-chocolate shake every day and it has a healthy serving of the best whey protein powder.
What Was Miss Muffet Eating On Her Tuffet?
Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet (a footstool, although why she wasn't sitting in a chair is a mystery – seems pretty uncomfortable?) eating her curds (cottage cheese) and whey.
So, what is this whey protein stuff and why would anybody want to eat it?
First, whey is the left-over liquid when milk coagulates or turns into cheese. It's very high in protein and some research indicates that it might fight inflammation which is a factor in awful diseases like diabetes to cancer.
Whey is a very superior protein and if you're interested in developing muscle, it's what's for dinner, instead of beef. Your muscles will get stronger, faster. And it's a four-alarm fire engine that races quickly where it's needed. To your muscles, for instance.
Why Do I Care If My Whey Protein Is "Isolate"?
There are two kinds of protein – but three kinds of whey powders.
* The first is "isolate" protein. It's the purest and is about 90% protein and contains zero carbs, lactose and fat.
* The second is 'concentrate' whey protein. It's about 75% protein and has much higher levels of fat and carbs.
So, why would anybody choose anything but isolate? Simply because isolate whey protein costs more. Which leads us to the most common kind of protein powder: a combination of isolate and concentrate.
At BlissPlan, we're of the opinion that if we're going to use why protein, we ought to spend a bit more money and get the best. So if you're of the same opinion, here are four best ones on the market, all available at Amazon.
4 WHEY PROTEIN REVIEWS
1. Platinum Hydrowhey
Platinum Hydrowhey is 100% isolate whey protein that has been "hydrolyzed". For us non-scientists, this means that the protein is in smaller pieces than other proteins. The smaller it is, the faster it gets in our system and does its thing. Each serving gives your body 30 grams of protein.
It also has digestive enzymes and, according to Amazon reviewers, easily mixes with water or milk. This is no small thing as you already know if you've tried to mix your powder and it just sits there in big glops. Yuck.
It comes in multiple flavors: chocolate, vanilla, cookies & cream and strawberry.
2. Dymatize ISO-100
As already mentioned, isolate is 90% protein but the Dymatize company claims that Dymatize ISO-100 is 100% protein. It offers 28 grams of protein and is "instantly mixable". There's no fat or carbs in the product and several reviewers mentioned that it didn't give them gas the way other products have done. It's so pure that even lactose-intolerant folks can drink it.
Amazon reviewer stephen pyde says: One trick I can pass along for making a delicious glass is to start with a 16 oz measuring cup. If you have a crushed ice dispenser in your frig door put a few ounces of ice into your measuring cup and fill with water up to the 12 oz mark. Dump the ice and water into your VitaMix and blend at high speed (the idea being to make the water very cold while making any evidence of the ice disappear). With the VitaMix still running at the slowest rpm (stir speed) quickly add one scoop of this protein powder into the freezing cold water and run another 10 to 15 seconds. Pour into a glass and serve while cold. WOW! Is that Good!
Flavors: 2 kinds of chocolate, pina colada (yum!), vanilla and berry.
3. Nature's Best Zero Carb Isopure
Nature's Best Zero Carb Isopure is – bet you'll be astonished about this one – free of carbs! And, it has the highest protein content of any of our whey proetins reviewed here: 50 grams.
They also insist that it is so pure that it is clear, rather than having a color and can be mixed with a spoon. It has zero sugar and many reviewers have raved about its great taste.
Obviously, it is effective: "Thanks to Isopure my body has transformed from fat to ripped! I started taking this shake at 16% body fat and with my workouts and this supplement I am now down to 8% and I'm very satisfied!"
It has a huge variety of flavors: vanilla, mint chocolate, dutch chocolate, banana cream, apple melon, alpine punch, mango peach, cookies & cream, pineapple orange banana, unflavored and strawberries & cream.
4. Optimum Pro Complex
A serving of Optimum Pro Complex contains an amazing 60 grams of protein! Further, the company claims that it includes protein from 8 different sources, making it more varied in its amino acids.
A reviewer mentions the powerful includion of Aminogen. "It's a rather pricey additive that increases the body's ability to absorb the protein as it passes through the digestive system. What's the point of buying protein powder and then having some portion of it pass through your system unabsorbed? The fact that ON pays the extra cost to include Aminogen in their product tells me a lot about their attitude towards their materials."
One reviewer mentions that the chocolate flavor tastes like a Yoohoo – now, that's a good recommendation! :-) "PS – Here's a great way to start your day….. Mix one scoop of "Pro Complex" with 4 oz. of 2% milk and add it to your morning cup of coffee."
Flavors include chocolate, vanilla, rocky road, strawberry, banana cream and mandarin orange.
If you're serious about improving your health and building muscle then invest in the very best protein powder – and isolate whey protein is it. Check out these four and compare them to others – they will blow the others out of the water, hands down.